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Winston Churchill: A Man for All Seasons

Richard Chapin
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Course Description

Winston Spencer Churchill (1874-1965), Nobel Prize-winning writer, visionary, artist, family man, orator, and politician extraordinaire, is considered by many to be the greatest statesman of the 20th century. Born in the Victorian Era, he served the British people first as a cavalry soldier, then as a Member of Parliament, a squadron leader in WWI, then as Member of Parliament, and later as Prime Minister. His willful and early opposition to Hitler was prescient and heroic, inspiring the English people to make ultimate sacrifices to ensure the future of democracy in the world. The strength of his convictions and his inestimable ability to express them remain his legacy. Chapin will trace Churchill's history from a young boy devoted to and dominated by his American mother, to his ambivalent relationship with his father, to his spotty academic career, to his love of the good life and daily infusions of champagne, to his infatuations with famous women, to the trenches and the battlefield, where his leadership skills became manifest. That he first became a successful author and later a first-rate leader justifies the appellation "A Man for All Seasons."

About the Instructor

  • Rabbi Richard S. Chapin, a native of Newark, NJ and Hamilton College graduate, was ordained in 1976 at Hebrew Union College.  He has served numerous liberal Jewish communities in America for four decades.  Presently, he is the rabbi of Congregation Shalom Aleichem in Kissimmee, FL.  He has previously taught subjects in History (Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt) and Literature (Moby Dick and Ulysses) at the FAU Lifelong Learning Society in Jupiter and Boca Raton.