The George Washington University (GW) has formed a philanthropic partnership with the Chicago-based Churchill Centre to establish the National Churchill Library and Center at GW. Housed on the first floor of the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, GW’s main campus library, this will be the first major research facility in the nation’s capital dedicated to the study of Winston Churchill.
As both scholar and statesman, Winston Churchill is an inspiring figure for his leadership and his diplomacy. The new Center, through its collections, interdisciplinary academic programs, and educational exhibits, will offer GW students, faculty, researchers, and the public the opportunity to come together as a community and immerse themselves in discussions and scholarship infused with the ideas of citizenship and leadership exemplified by Churchill. The National Churchill Library and Center will open in stages between 2014 and 2015.
At the George Washington University, they believe that cross-disciplinary collaboration is crucial to developing new approaches to academic research. The forthcoming National Churchill Library and Center (NCLC) will engage disciplines from across campus, including public policy, international affairs, education, law and history, to explore the life and legacy of Sir Winston Churchill. This interdisciplinary approach will be supported by the NCLC’s rich collections as they grow, and will inspire and support original scholarship about Churchill’s leadership and role in world history.
The NCLC will also add a global perspective to GW’s academic programmes, bringing the study of modern British, transatlantic and world history to the forefront for their undergraduate and graduate students. The Center and its endowed curator, in collaboration with an endowed faculty position in twentieth century British history, will actively coordinate programming throughout the academic year, including exhibitions, lectures and symposia. Leveraging their location in the heart of Washington, D.C., the NCLC will engage policymakers, diplomats and historians to participate with the goal of inspiring members of the GW community and beyond to consider the relevance of the lessons learned from Churchill’s example to the challenges facing the world today.
In addition to serving the GW community, the National Churchill Library and Center will be open to the public, offering programming and resources to visitors from around the world.
Program information for the 30th International Churchill Conference, hosted by GW on October 31 – November 2, 2013.