The Keynote is part of the 36th Enid and R. Crosby Kemper Lecture Series
In keeping with this year’s theme “Churchill: War and Peace,” the Institute of Museum and Library Services Director, Crosby Kemper will introduce famed outspoken advocate for human rights and democracy, Garry Kasparov. Widely considered history’s greatest chess player, Kasparov retired in 2005 to form the Russian anti-Putin coalition. Forced into exile by Putin’s crackdowns in 2013, he now lives with his family in New York City. He is a frequent contributor to major publications including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Daily News and appears regularly on news programs around the world. In 2015, Kasparov published his prescient book Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. He is the chairman of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) and the Renew Democracy Initiative (RDI).
The Conference will examine and explore the most important facets of Sir Winston Churchill’s extraordinary legacy: the difficulty and dangers of waging war and the challenges of preserving peace. Given the tumultuous state of global affairs, with new and growing threats to international security ever present, we will draw upon the study of the past and learn from some of today’s most qualified experts and authorities to gain a better understanding of our world today.
Garry Kasparov will deliver the Museum's Lecture in the historic church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. The lecture will coincide with the induction of new Fellows into the Association of Churchill Fellows of Westminster College. The event will also be live-streamed on the America’s National Churchill Museum website.
All registered guests of the 39th International Churchill Conference will have reserved seating for this event. For more information or to register for the full Conference, which includes a luncheon in Westminster College's Historic Gymnasium where Winston Churchill delivered his "Sinews of Peace" address, please click here.
Crosby Kemper is the sixth director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He was commissioned by the White House on January 24, 2020, following his confirmation by the United States Senate. IMLS, an independent government agency, is the primary source of federal support for the nation's museums and libraries.
Kemper is a dedicated advocate for education and learning for people of all ages and backgrounds. He comes to IMLS from the Kansas City Public Library, where as director, he established the library as one of the city’s leading cultural destinations and a hub of community engagement. Kemper also recently served as chair of the board of directors of the Schools, Health, & Libraries Broadband Coalition, which supports open, affordable broadband connections for local community organizations. His full biography is available on the IMLS website.
Date: Friday October 7, 2022
Time: 11:30 am CST / 12:30 pm EST
Westminster College's Historic Gymnasium
501 Westminster Avenue
Fulton, Missouri 65251-1299