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Robertson Founder's Chair in British History to Lecture

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Dr. Roland QuinaultDr. Roland Quinault, The Robertson Founder's Chair in British History, will deliver the annual Robertson Founder's Chair in British History Lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, in the Hermann Lounge of the Hunter Activity Center on the Westminster College campus.

The lecture, entitled "Winston Churchill and America: Personal Contacts in War and Peace," is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the Glass Music Room adjacent to Hermann Lounge.

The Robertson Founder's Chair in British History Lecture is sponsored by The Churchill Institute as the first in a series of Profiles in Leadership events this year. The Profiles, presented in cooperation with the Emerson Center for Leadership & Service, is a series of evening presentations open to the community that focus on specific leaders through the ages.

In his lecture, Quinault will discuss how Churchill's interest in war prompted most of his visits to the United States and most of his friendships with Americans.

From his first visit to the States en route to Cuba when he reported on the Spanish American War to his regular meetings with President Franklin Roosevelt and General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Churchill came into contact with American presidents, generals, industrialists, financiers and diplomats because of war and its aftermath.

"Churchill's American friendships were lasting and important in assisting both his own career and the interests of Britain," says Quinault. "But they also reflected a more fundamental and less personal commitment to shared values and common objectives. These friendships and their impact on his life and Britain will be the topic for my lecture."

Quinault received his B.A., M.A. and Doctorate from the University of Oxford where he was a scholar at Magdalen College and a research fellow at Merton College. Upon graduation, he accepted a Fulbright and English-Speaking Union Faculty Fellowship at Columbia University, New York. Recently, he has been Reader in History at London Metropolitan University and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

He has written extensively on British history since 1800 and has a particular interest in political leaders, the Churchill family and Anglo-American relations.

Quinault co-edited Anglo-American Attitudes from Revolution to Partnership in 2000 and his latest book, British Prime Ministers and Democracy, will be published next spring.
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