President John F. Kennedy, in awarding honorary U.S. citizenship to Sir Winston Churchill in 1963, described the legendary British prime minister and World War II leader as “the most honored and honorable man to walk the stage of human history in which we live.”
History Professor Dr. Joe Cafaro would not disagree.
“Churchill had an amazing life,” said Dr. Cafaro, Chair of the History and Social Sciences Department. He will give a 3D Journeys lecture Monday on the life and times of Churchill. “I hope to do justice to a man who was in many ways a dominant figure of the 20th century.”
The free event will be at 10 a.m. in Dickson Assembly Room of Turner Hall. It is being held as a preliminary to the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death next Jan. 10, and in conjunction with the current exhibition of his paintings at Atlanta’s Millennium Gate Museum.
In addition to being a celebrated author, historian, political leader and “quintessential Englishman,” Churchill was a colorful character, the professor noted.
“There are so many great Churchill stories,” Cafaro said. “I’ll tell a few.”
Churchill is perhaps best remembered for his relentless will and powerful speeches, rejecting appeasement and electrifying the citizenry during the darkest days of the Battle of Britain.
England owes its very survival, Cafaro said, “to the Royal Air Force and Churchill’s ability to rally the people.”
As German bombs rained down and other European countries surrendered or fell to Hitler at an alarming pace, Churchill defiantly promised victory in speeches that, as journalist Edward R. Murrow put it, “mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”
“Churchill was a marvelous writer. His books and speeches read like poetry,” Cafaro said. “He used it to transform England’s darkest days into its finest hour.”
In politics, Cafaro said, Churchill had an unsurpassed ability to recover from defeat.
“He was a political Lazarus,” Cafaro said. “He always made his way back.”
A specialist in both European and military history, Dr. Cafaro is in his 30th year of teaching at the college. A recent highlight was a 2012 Jan Term trip to England and France, where he led students on visits to many World War II sites, including Churchill’s basement headquarters in London and the D Day launching and landing sites.
His lecture will be designed for all ages, he said, but he is hopeful that local members of the “Greatest Generation” will attend.
“It is always special to talk with them and learn from them,” he said.
Cafaro also will be featured in the 2015 series of 3D Journeys travel lectures on Croatia that will begin in January.
Providing a capsule history of Croatia will be a fascinating challenge, he predicts. For now, the Churchill lecture is near to his heart.
“This will be an easy lecture to give,” he said, grinning. “Churchill did all the work.”
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The LaGrange golf team is in the top 10 in two different national polls. The Panthers are ninth in the Golf Coaches Association of America Division III poll and are ranked 10th in the Golfstat.com Division III standings. The Panthers finished in the top five in three of their four fall tournaments. #lcgolf14
The Panthers (13-15) swept Agnes Scott 3-0 in a non-conference match Tuesday in the Richter Gym. Freshman Maggie Ivester had a match-high 11 kills to lead LaGrange. The team plays at Wesleyan in another non-conference match before playing Greensboro and Mary Baldwin in USA South matches on Saturday in Greensboro, N.C. #lcvb14
The Panther cross country teams raced in the Berry Invitational last Saturday. Junior Lauren Brandner and sophomore John Lynch each posted season-best times to lead LaGrange. The teams close out the season at the USA South Championships on Nov. 1 in Greensboro, N.C.
The Panthers (3-4, 1-4 USA South) lost 73-28 to Methodist last Saturday in Callaway Stadium. Freshman quarterback Connor Blair threw three touchdown passes in the game. The Panthers play at Huntingdon in a USA South game Saturday. Kickoff is 2 p.m. (1 p.m. CDT). #lcfb14
LaGrange (1-13-1, 0-7 USA South) lost 5-0 at Maryville last Saturday in a USA South contest. Goalkeeper A.J. Wilson had 13 saves for the Panthers. The team hosts Methodist and N.C. Wesleyan on Saturday and Sunday in USA South games. Game times are 2 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. #lcms14
Visiting 19th-ranked Emory blanked the Panthers (5-12, 2-7 USA South) 9-0 on Wednesday. Freshman DeAundra Green played the second half in goal for LaGrange, allowing two goals and making seven saves. The Panthers host Methodist and N.C. Wesleyan on Saturday and Sunday in USA South games. Game times are 4 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. #lcws14
Halloweek 2014 will be celebrated Oct. 28-31. Festivities will begin Tuesday with Scary Movie Night in Cobb Board Room in Smith Hall at 9 p.m. On Wednesday, the Lone Wolf Challenge will be from 7 to 9 p.m. in front of Pitts Residence Hall. The Haunted Campus Tours will begin at 9:30 p.m., also from Pitts Residence Hall. The Fall Festival will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the Academic Quad and the library plaza, including the annual Hawkes Hall Trick-or-Treat for children. Cost of admission is one canned or nonperishable food item. Also on Thursday is the opening night of the Haunted House, which will run from 7:30 p.m. until midnight. Admission to the Haunted House is one pet-related item. And on Friday, a Halloween costume contest will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Pitts Dining Hall, with the winner receiving a $50 gift card. The Haunted House will be open for its last night, from 7:30 p.m. until midnight. For more information, contact Joe Strickland at email@example.com or by calling (706) 880-8977.
The Lamar Dodd Art Center will host an opening reception for three new photography exhibitions from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Featured will be “Southern Exposures: The Do Good Fund Photographs,” “Animalia: Photographs by Anne Berry” and “The Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia: Photographs by Caitlin Peterson. CE event
“A Chorus Line” continues its run at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday at Price Theater. Mature subject matter. Tickets can be purchased by calling (706) 880-8080 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org CE event
The college will host a National History Day Research Round-Up Session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Lewis Library.
Democratic Senate candidate Jason Carter will be at the Chamber of Commerce in downtown LaGrange at 9 a.m. Monday to meet with students.
Carmen Agra Deedy, a Cuban-American storyteller and children’s author, will present a free performance, “A Night of Storytelling,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in Dickson Assembly Room. CE event
Sole Hope Uganda will be the subject of a lecture at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday in Lewis Library’s Corn Auditorium. The group offers hope, healthier lives and freedom from foot-related diseases through education, jobs and medical relief. CE sustainability event