Churchill Weekend brings Cambridge professor, expert on Churchill’s writings

Just ahead of the 67th anniversary of Churchill’s fabled “Sinews of Peace” speech at Westminster College in Fulton, the National Churchill Museum is hosting a lecture that promises to shed some light on a lesser-known aspect of the leader’s life.

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Peter Clarke

The annual Churchill Weekend March 2-3 will feature the 29th Kemper Lecture speaker, Cambridge University Professor Peter Clarke, who will give a presentation on “Churchill: Statesman as Author,” detailing the former Prime Minister’s work as a journalist and author.

The public events during the weekend begin Sunday with a noon lunch at the museum. Clarke’s lecture follows at 2 p.m. with a reception and book signing at 3 p.m.

Clarke, a lauded professor at Cambridge University who has taught on a variety of aspects of British history, will give his talk on Churchill’s writings and his new book, “Mr. Churchill’s Profession: Statesman, Orator, Writer.”

“(The book) explores an aspect of Churchill’s life that was a crucial part of who Churchill was but doesn’t get a great deal of publicity in its own right,” said Rob Havers, executive director of the college. “Churchill supported himself from a financial point of view as a journalist for most of his life, and also as an author who wrote a history of the second World War that won a Nobel Prize in literature.”

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