The ninth annual version of the travel/lecture series at LaGrange college will explore Winston Churchill’s fascination with Morocco.
By Mohammed Amine Benabou
Rabat – American university LaGrange will dedicate a special day to discuss former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill’s loyalty to Morocco.
The event will be held at the department of science and arts in LaGrange College, Alabama, on February 25.
Duncan Sandys, Winston Churchill’s great grandson, will deliver a presentation on “Magic of Morocco”, recounting the fascination and love his great grandfather had for Morocco as well as the secret meeting of his great grandfather and U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
According to the LaGrange official website, “Morocco was the favorite winter retreat of Sir Winston Churchill,” Britain’s legendary World War II leader.
Sandys is going to introduce the public to the various “amusing stories” of his late great grandfather extracted from family letters as well as observations on Churchill’s trips to Morocco. He was especially fond of Marrakech, which he described as “the most lovely place in the whole world.”
Sandys said that the Casablanca conference where Sir Churchill and Roosevelt met was “critical” to the decisions behind war-time negotiations as well as a time where the two “forged a personal bond.”
LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander expressed his joy at Sandys’ initiative to lecture on Morocco, describing Sandys as an “engaging speaker whose personal connection to Sir Winston Churchill” that his presentation will add “depth and charm” to the lecture.
The meeting will also include speakers and lecturers such as Dr. Kevin Shirley, history professor, Dr. Dottie Joiner, art history professor, and Dr. Caleb Williams, exercise science professor.
In addition to Sandys presentation, the 3D travel/lecture series, in its ninth version, will also cast light on the Moroccan scholar and explorer Ibn Battuta, which will be presented by medievalist teacher Dr. Kevin Shirley.
Dan McAlexander also says that 30 “3D travelers” are intending to set out on an exploratory trip to Morocco for the upcoming Spring.