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2018 Black Tie International Churchill Society Academic Dinner

The International Churchill Society

Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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Aug 29, 2018 $100.00 $0.00

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Join the International Churchill Society at the University Club of Boston

Our guest of honor is Michael S. Kochin, Professor Extraordinarius of Political Science at Tel Aviv University, who will speak after dinner on “Churchill and the Jewish State.” He earned his first degree in mathematics from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He has held visiting appointments at Yale, Princeton, Toronto, Claremont McKenna College, and the Catholic University of America. Aside from his keen interest in Churchill (he has rarely missed one of our annual dinners), he has written widely on political thought, politics and literature, political rhetoric, and world politics. Professor Kochin has published two books: Five Chapters on Rhetoric: Character, Action, Things, Nothing, and Art (2009) and Gender and Rhetoric in Plato’s Political Thought (2002). With historian Michael Taylor, he is now writing a book on the rise of the United States from independence to great power, entitled An Independent Empire: Diplomacy and War in the Making of the United States, 1776–1826.

Dinner tickets are $100 per person.

Reception, 7.00 p.m.; Dinner, 7.30 p.m.; Lecture and Dessert, 8:15 p.m. 




Friday morning, August 31

Winston S. Churchill on Democracy and Its Discontents

You are also warmly invited to join us the morning after the academic dinner for the 20th annual academic panel organized by the International Churchill Society as a related group of the American Political Science Association at its annual meeting in Boston. Churchill’s long life and political career coincided with the change in Britain’s constitutional monarchy from a regime founded on aristocracy to one founded on democracy. Although he inherited a faith in Tory democracy from his father, who taught him to trust the people, he famously limited his praise of democracy to the observation that it was preferable to other regimes that were worse. Might he therefore better be described as a friend and well-wisher of democracy than as a partisan and true believer? In keeping with the 2018 APSA theme for the annual meeting, our panel considers Churchill’s understanding of democracy’s advantages and disadvantages, focusing on crucial events in political history that bear on this question, as illuminated by Churchill’s writings and statesmanship.

There is no charge to attend the panel, which is open to everyone interested.

Panel Chairman: Professor Daniel H. Lowenstein, University of California, Los Angeles, Law School

Panel Papers:

(1) Professor James W. Muller, University of Alaska, Anchorage, “Citizens and Statesmen in Churchill’s Thoughts and Adventures

In an era when doubts about democratic government were spreading both in the academy and in the political life of Western countries, Churchill asked whether democratic peoples were able to wrestle with the complicated questions posed by rapid advances in modern science and technology, and how mass societies, with no accepted aristocratic leaders, could find their way in a new democratic age. His confidence about the prospects for democratic governance stemmed from his reliance on prudent statesmanship.

(2) Professor John H. Maurer, U.S. Naval War College, “Democracy and Discontent in The Gathering Storm

Sir Winston Churchill stands out as one of the towering political leaders of the twentieth century. In the era of both world wars and the early Cold War, Churchill played a major role in high executive office, as a Cabinet Minister guiding British democracy in the making and execution of policy. He crowned his political career by serving as Prime Minister, heading three British governments.

(3) Catherine Grace Katz, independent scholar, “Winston’s Right-Hand ‘Man’”

Churchill’s wife played a crucial role in his professional life, but Clementine was not the only woman in his inner circle. During the Second World War, Churchill also relied upon his daughters—especially his middle daughter Sarah, an actress and dancer, whom he chose to accompany him as aide-de-camp at two wartime conferences among the "Big Three," Tehran in 1943 and Yalta in 1945. Over the course of these landmark meetings, Sarah and Winston forged a partnership as their relationship was tested and strengthened by the history they witnessed and the future they crafted together.

Panel Discussant: Professor Erik Goldstein, Boston University
Panel Date: Friday, August 31
Panel Time: 8.00 to 9.30 a.m.

Panel Location: John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, 900 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115

Please contact Justin Reash at or call the International Churchill Society, (202) 994-4744.

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University Club of Boston
426 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116

Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EDT)

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