4th October 2005




Lincoln historian Dr Philip Swan has given his inaugural lecture as the Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Lecturer in British History at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.


Dr Swan, who is on a one-year sabbatical in the United States, spoke about RAF Bomber Command in Lincolnshire to a capacity audience which included the college principal and the dean of the faculty.


Dr Swan’s lecture, entitled ‘Flying in the Face of Death: Royal Air Force Bomber Command in Lincolnshire’, was heard by members of faculty, students and townspeople and was very well received.


I am pleased to say that the response was very positive and led to a lively debate during questions,” says Dr Swan, whose talk was featured in the local newspaper, the Fulton Sun.


Dr Swan will now present a  paper and chair a session at the regional conference of the Popular Culture Association in St Louis this month and he has been invited to present a paper and give a lecture at Georgia State University in November.


The Fulbright-Robertson chair was established in 1992 to “give a distinguished British academic the opportunity to teach classes in their area of expertise and conduct lectures across the state and the nation”.


Established in the 1850s, Westminster College is a liberal arts institution and home to the Winston Churchill Memorial and Library.


Its most striking feature is the 12th-century Church of St Mary the Virgin which was built in Aldermanbury, London, and damaged by German bombs in the Second World War.


It was rebuilt on the campus of Westminster College as a permanent reminder of Sir Winston Churchill's visit and his ‘iron curtain’ speech which he made in 1946 at the invitation of President Harry S Truman.


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