Four presentations – ranging from the life of Charles Darwin to Winston Churchill’s Midwest connections – will be offered this week as part of the Great Britain Semester.
Dr. Vickie Roettger, professor of biology, will present “Charles Darwin: The Man Behind the Science” at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Corley Auditorium.
Roettger will delve into Darwin’s life and work as seen through the eyes of his wife, Emma (Wedgewood) Darwin. The multimedia presentation will be based on her diaries and letters.
Dr. Jim Williams, former director of the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Mo., will offer three presentations on Friday, Sept. 16, in Corley Auditorium.
“Another Irrelevant Dead White Male? The Case for Winston Churchill’s Relevance in 2016” will be offered at 10 a.m. Williams will discuss why students can still look to Churchill for relevant life lessons.
“The London Blitz in 1940: The Midwestern Connection” will be presented at 11 a.m. Williams will focus on Americans who volunteered to fly in the Royal Air Force as well as others who had connections to the war in Europe and Asia.
“The Improbably True Story of Missouri’s Churchill Museum” will begin at 1 p.m. Williams will share the chain of events that led to Winston Churchill delivering one of his finest speeches at Westminster College and the establishment of a memorial and library in his honor.