2019 Topic


Wednesday, Sept. 18 and Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019

The 2019 Hancock Symposium will explore the theme of BREAKTHROUGH in all dimensions of human experience. At its broadest, Breakthrough conjures a moment of remarkable discovery, epic accomplishment, or long-fought victory. Breakthrough transcends boundaries between disciplines, realms of activity, and fields of endeavor. Through the theme of Breakthrough, our campus community will celebrate heritage, mission, and enduring power of Westminster College. This year Westminster honors two watershed events of deep significance to the College's historical identity and international reputation. We celebrate and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the relocation and rebuilding of Sir Christopher Wren's 1677 Church of St. Mary Aldermanbury on Westminster's campus, which has housed the National Churchill Museum since May, 1969. We also witness the 30th year since Peaceful Revolution in Central Europe that toppled the Berlin Wall in 1989, helping bring an end to an area of nuclear stand-off and geopolitical division. Comprising the longest contiguous section of the original Wall in North America, the Breakthrough sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Edwina Sandys symbolizes the global celebration of freedom, even as it invites visitors to Westminster's campus to ponder their own personal breakthroughs to come. 

The 14th Hancock Symposium will honor the phenomenon of "breakthrough" across the spectrum of experience, while also celebrating its specific meaning to our campus. In doing so, the Westminster community will issue a clarion call and message of good will: Let us break down the walls that divide us and join together, in a spirit of hope, to confront the challenges that lie ahead. 


Hosted by the Churchill Institute for Global Engagement.