Little Platoon Seminar: Churchill’s Early Life

April 06-06, 2024
University of Alaska
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Learn About the Early Life of Churchill in his own words

Winston Churchill dedicated his autobiography, My Early Life, to “a new generation” of readers. It is a book filled with youthful endeavors, featuring Churchill’s adventures in Cuba, India, South Africa and the Sudan. Why did he write it? Why did he want a new generation to read it?

Join Professor James Muller and discuss his edited, new annotated edition of My Early Life in Anchorage, Alaska! All participating students will receive a pdf copy of the book and are expected to have read it and be prepared to take an active part in the discussion. Please apply below and send an e-mail to James W. Muller,, and Forrest A. Nabors,, with “Churchill Seminar” in the subject line. Provide your full name and phone number. In your message, write a few sentences about yourself, explaining your achievements, interests, and aspirations. 

If you have any questions please reach out to Professors Muller or Nabors, or Micah Paul Veillon at 

Meet your faculty

James W. Muller

James W. Muller is a professor emeritus of political science at University of Alaska, Anchorage, where he taught from 1983-2023. He serves as chairman of the Board of Academic Advisers of the International Churchill Society. Educated at Harvard University and the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, he is a by-fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He served as a White House fellow in 1983–84 and won the Alaska Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities in 2008.

In 2020 Professor Muller completed his definitive edition of The River War: An Historical Account of the Reconquest of the Soudan by Winston Churchill after more than 30 years of meticulous work. This is the first time in over a century that the story has been told and published in its entirety. Muller’s book, published by St. Augustine’s Press in two volumes, is the first unabridged edition to appear since Churchill himself published the first edition in 1899.

Prior to his most recent accomplishment, Professor Muller edited two books about Winston Churchill, Churchill as Peacemaker (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech Fifty Years Later (University of Missouri Press, 1999), and new editions of two of Churchill’s interwar books, Thoughts and Adventures (ISI Books, 2009) and Great Contemporaries (ISI Books, 2012).

Forrest A. Nabors

Dr. Nabors joined the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, in 2011 and now serves as the chairman of the department. Educated at Claremont McKenna College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Oregon, he has taught American government and political philosophy at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. His current scholarly research is focused on the changing character of American government leading up to the Civil War and Reconstruction. His first book, From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction (University of Missouri Press, 2017), was recognized by the American Political Science Association as the best book of the year in American political thought. 

Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Nabors was a high technology business executive in Portland, Oregon. He has remained actively engaged in supporting economic and civic development in his communities.

Dr. Nabors is from Fair Haven, New Jersey.

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