A hallmark feature of the Institute is its commitment to bringing world figures to Westminster, where they will interact with students, faculty, staff, and the local community to provide a vibrant educational experience for all. Three distinct lectures bring speakers of international acclaim to campus.
Sir Winston Churchill's 1946 "Iron Curtain" address on the Westminster campus warned of the impending Cold War and prompted the global community to reconsider the apparent certainties of the post-war world. Churchill's visit was followed by a host of other international leaders, each delivering a message that challenged the audience to think about problems and issues from a new perspective. The speakers who have come to Westminster's campus are emblematic of the international perspective long a hallmark of the College. They also indicate Westminster's continued role in engaging the most pressing, salient questions of today and tomorrow.
The John Findley Green Lecture was established in 1936 as a memorial to John Findley Green, an attorney in St. Louis who graduated from Westminster in 1884. It has a long and illustrious history with many notable lecturers, most famous of all, of course, being Sir Winston Churchill in 1946. The foundation provides for lectures designed to promote understanding of economic and social problems of international concern.
Established in 1981 with a grant from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation of Kansas City, the Crosby Kemper Lectureship provides for lectures by authorities on British History or Sir Winston Churchill at the National Churchill Museum. The established Lectureship is held under the auspices of the British Institute of the United States and the National Churchill Museum.
Finally, the International Business Machines Corporation established the IBM Lectureship in Business and Finance at Westminster College in 1980. It promotes understanding of business within a global context by featuring business leaders from around the world.
Churchill Institute for Global Engagement Research Fellows
Churchill Institute for Global Engagement Research Fellows are professionals that have research privileges at Westminster College and may be provided with office space and clerical assistance if they are in residence at Westminster during their three-year tenure. The concept of the Research Fellow was created to allow scholars an opportunity to utilize the vast resources of Westminster College, the archives of the National Churchill Museum, and the college’s faculty as resources for independent research during their time as Fellows. The position is an opportunity for scholars coming from other campuses to connect with the college, its faculty, and its academic program. When appropriate Research Fellows may give guest lectures in classes or on campus to the wider community and they may be invited to teach and serve students. Research Fellows will serve for a set time and may be invited to renew their role pending approval by the college’s administration and the Churchill Institute’s leadership.
Dr. Jeremy B. Straughn (2011-2014)
Dr. Straughn served as the first Churchill Institute Fellow under the previous iteration of the Institute. He is currently the Director of the Study Abroad and Off-Campus Programs and an Assistant Professor of Transnational Studies at Westminster College. He earned a BA from Brown University, an MDiv from Harvard University, and MA and PhD degrees in sociology from the University of Chicago. His areas of expertise include political sociology of Europe and transnational studies.
Dr. Xiaoyi Liu (2015-2018)
Dr. Xiaoyi Liu earned a BA from Shandong University in Jinan, China and MA and PhD degrees from the University of Arizona. She taught Chinese language and culture at Northern Arizona University (2010-2015), translated voluminously for Macau Ricci Institute (2009-2012), and contributed column articles for Central Daily of Taiwan (1996-1999). Her areas of expertise include: classical Chinese literature, translation of Shakespeare’s sonnets and Chinese history on material cultures.