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VIRTUAL - "Churchill, Race and Empire: Fact and Fiction" with Lee Pollock Online

This program will air live on: https://livestream.com/comlib

More than a half-century after his death and eighty years since his “finest hour”, Winston Churchill remains an icon of modern times, admired for his determination and resilience leading Britain and the free world in the greatest conflict the world has ever seen. Churchill created history but also chronicled it, believing it would be kind to him. He carefully laid the groundwork for the Churchill legend, most notably in his Nobel prize-winning history of the second world war, in which he played the leading role. To Churchill, “the longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward.”

Steeped as he was in the past, Churchill would not have been surprised that future generations might interpret his role in history in different and challenging ways.  Today, he is accused of transgressions from suppressing workers in England and revolutionaries in Ireland to neglecting or even causing a sweeping famine in India.  His views on race and empire, often expressed in moments of passion recorded by his contemporaries, are used to condemn him a racist and white supremacist.  By the definition of some, he is no longer worthy of commemoration and the recent defacing of his statue in London has become a powerful expression of that.

So what is fact and what is fiction in the differing portrayals of someone whose admirers still call the “Great Man”? Where does Churchill stand at a time when the world is increasingly focused on issues of race, identity, and equality? Is there much we can still learn from him or is he no longer relevant for our post-modern world?

Join acclaimed Churchill speaker and popular Community Library presenter Lee Pollock as he explores these vital questions in an insightful and fascinating presentation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
6:00pm - 7:00pm
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Mountain Time - US & Canada (change)
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