A scholar of Sir Winston Churchill examines the historical legacy of the former British prime minister and the ways he continues to speak to us today in a talk at Lawrence University.
Allen Packwood, a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge, and the director of the Churchill Archives Centre, presents “Fifty Years Hence: Why Study Churchill Today?” Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. in the Wriston Art Center auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Beyond his political will that carried Britain through World War II, Churchill was also a dedicated amateur artist who first began painting at the age of 40, an avocation that he carried through the rest of his life.
Packwood has written about and lectured extensively on Churchill throughout the United Kingdom and the United States. He served as co-curator of the 2004 exhibition “Churchill and the Great Republic” at the Library of Congress as well as “Churchill: The Power of Words,” a 2012 display at New York City’s Morgan Library.
As director of the Churchill Archives Centre, located on the campus of Churchill College, Packwood oversees the papers of Churchill, former prime minister Margaret Thatcher and nearly 600 other politicians, diplomats, civil servants, military leaders and scientists of the Churchill era and beyond.
About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College” and Fiske’s Guide to Colleges 2016. Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.