UT’s Baker Center allies with Churchill archives to hold British-American conference
Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Newsweek managing editor Jon Meacham and Winston S. Churchill, grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, will be among notable British and American speakers at a conference on U.S.-British relations at the University of Tennessee March 29-30.
“The United States and Britain: The Legacy of Churchill’s Atlantic Alliance” is a collaboration of UT’s Howard Baker Center for Public Policy and the Churchill Archives Centre. The conference, free and open to the public, will be held at the Carolyn P. Brown University Center.
The alliance between the Baker Center and the Churchill Archives is significant because the two institutions share the goal of preserving history to help shape the future, Baker Center Executive Director Alan Lowe said. Lowe said he hopes the collaboration on this conference will lead to a long-term relationship between the Baker Center and the Churchill Archives Centre and Cambridge University.
“The alliance between Great Britain and the United States has been a key feature of the international scene for more than 60 years. From the trials of World War II, through the Cold War and to the present day War on Terror, our two nations have stayed closely tied together,” he said. “We look forward to having tremendously distinguished speakers here to talk about the past, present and future of this very special relationship.”
History buffs and those interested in the current relationship between Britain and America in trade, national security and international relations, will find those topics featured at this conference. Other sessions will include in-depth looks at the relationships between Thatcher and U.S. President Ronald Reagan; Churchill and U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt; and British Prime Ministers Sir Anthony Eden and Harold MacMillan and U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower.
The Baker Center, which opened in 2003, is a non-partisan center dedicated to creating a better understanding of government and fostering a greater appreciation for the importance of public service. The center offers programs for students, teachers and the public, and houses a collection of political papers.
The Churchill Archives Centre, built in 1973, is part of Churchill College at Cambridge University. The center houses 3,000 boxes of Sir Winston Churchill’s letters and documents ranging from his first childhood letters to his great war-time speeches to the writings which earned him the Nobel Prize for Literature. The center has Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s personal and political papers, and also holds the papers of more than 570 prominent people which serve to document the history of the Churchill era and after.
A black-tie gala fund-raising dinner on March 29 will coincide with the conference. The dinner, to be held at the East Tennessee History Center, 601 Gay St., Knoxville, is being chaired by Knoxville civic leaders Sherri P. Lee and Mark and Deborah Brezina. The Churchill Centre and the Baker Center will share dinner proceeds to further their programs.
For more information on the British-American conference or the gala dinner contact the Baker Center at (865) 974-0931 or visit the center’s Web site at http://bakercenter.utk.edu.