“A great honor to speak in Fulton, Missouri, for the 70th anniversary of one of the most important moments in modern world history, Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech. Sat. April 9!” – Garry Kasparov
The event, which is being hosted by the National Churchill Museum, will be held on the campus of Westminster College. On April 9, admission to the National Churchill Museum will be free in celebration of Winston Churchill Day, the anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill receiving his honorary American citizenship in 1963.
Garry Kasparov, the Soviet who in 1985 became the youngest world chess champion in history at the age of 22, will begin the Churchill Fellows Weekend with a free public lecture at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9, in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury.
In his 20th year as the world’s top-ranked chess player, Kasparov abruptly retired from competitive chess to join the vanguard of the Russian pro-democracy movement and as founder of the United Civil Front organized the Marches of Dissent to protest the repressive policies of Vladimir Putin.
Facing imminent arrest during Putin’s crackdown, Kasparov moved to New York City in 2013 and is a commentator and lecturer on politics and a human rights activist. His latest book, “Winter Is Coming: Why Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped,” chronicles the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the dysfunctional relationship between Russia and the world’s leading nations since the fall of the Iron Curtain and his own personal journey.