The Lectureship

The John Findley Green Foundation lecture was established in 1936 as a memorial to John Findley Green, an attorney in St. Louis who graduated from Westminster in 1884. This endowed fund makes it possible to present lectures designed to promote understanding of economic and social problems of international concern. It further provides that "the speaker shall be a person of international reputation."

Winston Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" ('Iron Curtain' Speech) was the 7th Green Foundation Lecture.

The Lectures

Year Speaker Title
Publications and Recordings
1937 Oscar D. Skelton, Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs for Dominion of Canada Some Gains and Losses of the Present Generation University of Chicago Press, 1937
1938 John Langdon-Davies, London Conflict Between Democracy and Fascism in Europe unpublished
1939 Francis B. Sayre, former High Commissioner to the Philippines The Protection of American Export Trade University of Chicago Press, 1939
1940 T.V. Smith, Member of Congress and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago The Legislative Way of Life University of Chicago Press, 1940
1941 Count Carlo Sforza, of Italy, former Ambassador to China, to Turkey, and to France, and subsequently Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs The Totalitarian War and After University of Chicago Press, 1941 and George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., London, 1942
1942 Samuel Guy Inman, Lecturer on Latin American Relations at University of Pennsylvania and Yale University Pan American Postwar Program unpublished
1946 The Rt. Hon. Winston S. Churchill, former Prime Minister of Great Britain The Sinews of Peace full text | published by Westminster College and broadcast over worldwide radio chains
1949 Reinhold Niebuhr, Professor of Applied Christian Ethics, Union Theological Seminary, NY This Nation Under God published as part of The Irony of American History, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1952
1949 J. C. Penney, merchant The Spiritual Basis for Improving Human Relations published privately
1950 Roscoe Pound, Dean Emeritus of Harvard Law School Justice According to Law Yale University Press, 1951
1953 Charles H. Malik, Ambassador of Lebanon The Crisis of Reason unpublished
1954 Harry S. Truman , former President of the United States What Hysteria Does to Us and Presidential Papers, Their Importance as Historical Documents  
1954 Guy E. Snavely, former Executive Secretary of the Association of American Colleges College and Church in America published as part of The Church and the Four-Year College, Harpers, 1955
1956 Stanley N. Barnes, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Government and Big Business unpublished
1957 William Yandell Elliott, Williams Professor of Government at Harvard University The Uses and Limits of the United Nations in Relation to American Foreign Policy and Meeting the Political Strategy and Tactics of the Soviet and Chinese Communist Bloc in the Post-Stalin Period part included in The Idea of Colonialism, Praeger [for the Foreign Policy Research Institute of the University of Pennsylvania], Strausz-Hupe and Hazard, ed., 1957
1958 Dr. Edward McCrady, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of the South Freedom and Causality unpublished
1960 Quintin Hogg, The Rt. Hon. The Viscount Hailsham, Q.C., Lord Privy Seal. London, England The Iron Curtain, Fifteen Years After
published in pamphlet form by Westminster College, 1960
1961 Dr. Lin Yutang, noted Chinese author, New York City Chinese Humanism and the Modern World and Some Good Uses of Our Bad Instincts
World Publishing Company, 1962
1962 Henry R. Luce, Editor in Chief of Time, Life, et al, New York City The Title Deeds of Freedom
Westminster Report, 1962
1962 Frederick R. Kappel, Chairman of the Board of American Telephone & Telegraph Company, New York City From the World of College to the World of Work
privately published by the American Telephone & Telegraph Company in pamphlet form
1963 M. Max Kohnstamm, Vice President of Action Committee for the United States of Europe, Brussels, Belgium The European Community and Its Role in the World
University of Missouri Press, 1964
1964 Sir George Paget Thomson, Nobel Prize winning physicist for work in electrons, past President British Association for the Advancement of Science, Cambridge, England Science: The Great Adventure
privately published by Westminster College in booklet form
1965 Andre Philip, former Minister of Finance in France and leading international trade expert, St. Cloud, France Counsel from an Ally
University of Missouri Press, 1966
1965 Joseph C. Wilson, President of Xerox Corporation, Rochester, New York The Conscience of Business
privately published
1966 Kim Jong Pil, Chairman, Democratic Republic Party of Korea, Seoul, Korea Dawn Over Asia: The Path to Freedom
Vital Speeches xxxiii, November 1966
1967 Hubert H. Humphrey, Vice President of the United States, Washington, D.C. The Iron Curtain and The Open Door
St. Louis Globe-Democrat, 6 March 1967
1968 Dr. Franc L. McCluer, former President of Westminster College, President Emeritus of Lindenwood College The Continuing Struggle for Freedom
The Westminster College Magazine, Winter 1969
1968 The Rt. Hon. The Lord Snow, author, scientist, teacher, London, England The State of Siege
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1968
1971 The Rt. Hon. The Lord Harlech, former British Ambassador to the United States and television executive in Great Britain The Third Gaunt Marauder
1972 The Rt. Hon. Robert H. Finch, Counselor to the President. Former Lieutenant Governor of California and Secretary of H.E.W. Selecting the President  
1972 General Avraham Yoffee, Director, Nature Reserves Authority. General Israeli Army Will We Succeed in Saving Ourselves?  
1974 J. William Fulbright, Senator in the United States Congress and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations The Clear and Present Danger  
1976 Clarence M. Kelley, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Perspectives of Power  
1977 Ardeshir Zahedi, Ambassador from Iran    
1977 Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States    
1980 Griffin B. Bell, former Attorney General of the United States The Sinews of Peace Revisited  
1980 Clare Boothe Luce, former American Ambassador to Italy and member of the U.S. House of Representatives The Ghost at Westminster  
1982 Edward Heath, former Prime Minister of Great Britain The Changing Face of Power  
1983 Caspar Weinberger, U.S. Secretary of Defense What We Face  
1983 William J. Casey, Director of Central Intelligence Agency    
1986 George H.W. Bush, Vice President of the United States Churchill's Vision and America's Future  
1987 Paul Ricoeur, Philosopher and Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago The Greatness and Fragility of Political Language  
1987 The Rt. Rev. and Rt. Hon. Graham Leonard, Bishop of London The Tyranny of Subjectivism  
1990 Claiborne Pell, Senator in the United States Congress and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations Iron Curtain to Common European House: America's Rose in the Old Order and the New  
1992 Peter H. Raven, Biologist, Director, Missouri Botanical Garden    
1992 Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the U.S.S.R. The River of Time and the Imperative of Action
full text and video
1993 The Hon. Robert S. Strauss, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia    
1996 The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Margaret Thatcher, L.G., O.M., F.R.S., former Prime Minister of Great Britain New Threats for Old
full text and video
1998 The Hon. Lech Walesa, former President of Poland The Impact of NATO on Global Security  
2001 Barry McCaffrey, former Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy    
2002 Tom DeLay, House Majority Whip and Representative, 22nd District, Texas The Bonds of Freedom
full text
2003 Ralph Nader, consumer advocate and former Presidential candidate World Trade and Globalization
full text
2010 James A. Baker III, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and of State Case for Pragmatic Idealism
full text and video
2011 William H. Roedy, former CEO of MTV International Global Leadership in a Changing Age
full video
2014 Bob Geldof, rock musician and global humanitarian    
2015 Jeh C. Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Achieving Our Homeland Security while Preserving Our Values and Our Liberty
full text and video
2016 Dr. Bennet Omalu, forensic pathologist and neuropathologist    
2017 The Hon. Bernie Sanders, U.S. Senator from Vermont   full video
2019 The Hon. Dr. Madeline K. Albright, Former U.S. Secretary of State For Those Who Cherish Freedom: Democracy in the 21st Century full text (p 57) | full video

In addition to the Green Lecture transcripts available on our website, the print transcripts for a limited number of the John Findley Green Foundation Lectures can be found in the Museum's Clementine Spencer Churchill Reading Room or at Westminster College's Reeves Library; view the full listing here.

We're always looking to make our resources more complete so if you have information about titles or recordings/publications, please feel free to contact us.

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Winston S. Churchill