CANCELED: “Churchill: Walking with Destiny,” Distinguished Lecture with Prof. Andrew Roberts


Andrew Roberts, acclaimed historian and award-winning author, will deliver the Kinder Institute’s third Distinguished Lecture, sharing some of the insights that went into crafting his 2018 New York Times best-selling biography, Churchill: Walking with Destiny (see abstract below). The lecture will be held on Tuesday, May 5th, at 7pm at the Missouri Theatre in downtown Columbia (203 S. 9th Street). The lecture is free and open to the public, though advanced tickets can be reserved to secure a seat using the link above.


Winston Churchill was an iconic, visionary war leader immune from the consensus of his day, who stood firmly for his beliefs when everyone doubted him. But how did young Winston become Churchill? What gave him the strength to take on the superior force of Nazi Germany when bombs rained on London and so many others had caved? Renowned historian Andrew Roberts, whose biography, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, has been hailed as undoubtedly the finest single-volume biography of Churchill ever written, will share hidden insights into Churchill’s life that help us better understand and appreciate a man who was uniquely prepared for the crucible of the Second World War.

Professor Andrew Roberts read Modern History at Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is a PhD. He has written over a dozen books, including Salisbury: Victorian Titan (which won the Wolfson Prize), Masters and Commanders (which won the International Churchill Society Book Award), The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War (which won the British Army Military Book of the Year Award), Napoleon the Great (which won the Grand Prix of the Foundation Napoléon and The Los Angeles Times Biography Prize), and Churchill: Walking with Destiny, which spent nine weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and won the Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Prize.

Roberts is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Historical Society, the Roger & Martha Mertz Visiting Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society, and a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London. He lives in London. His website is