The symposium views the young Churchill and how his early life shaped his future. Possible topics for discussion might include but are not limited to:
A. Relations with his parents. His father wrote to a family member telling her that he believed his son lacked "cleverness, knowledge and any capacity for settled work. He has a great talent for show-off, exaggeration and make-believe." His mother used his letters as scrap paper and once wrote a list of dinner guests on the back.