ESU Atlanta Branch

A Message from the Atlanta Branch President

Dear Fellow ESU Members, 

What an extraordinary time to be a member of the English-Speaking Union! 

We have the joy of celebrating anniversaries in 2015 and 2016. In June 2015 we celebrated the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the document which resulted from the nobles and clergy meeting at Runnymede to wrest from King John the list of rights which began democratic systems. Our own Grace Sanders, a lineal descendent of three of the Barons and a member of the National Society of the Magna Carta Dames, brought and shared her official document. 

We Americans celebrate a holiday to acknowledge the debt we owe to those nobles and clergy. Five Centuries later, our own rule of law followed, fitfully and sporadically, as we set out to establish a constitutional government, which we celebrate each year on July 4. 

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News And Events

National Shakespeare Competition


FEBRUARY 21st, 2016



The variety of talent in our local Georgia schools is absolutely amazing and we were privileged to experience it during our 2015 Branch competition. Ms. Fiona Hare, from Chestatee High School, was our 2015 winner. We thank all the 26 extremely talented students who took part and we know the judges had a difficult time selecting just one person to go forward.  After long deliberation they selected Ms. Hare as our regional winner and her undoubted talent took her to the National semi-finals at the Lincoln Center in New York. As there are approximately 90 students participating in the ultimate finals, this shows rare talent indeed.


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How Jane Austen Invented the Novel

In association with the Jane Austin Society-Atlanta, you are cordially invited to attend a lecture by

Professor Patricia Michaelson, PhD, University of Texas
"How Jane Austen Invented the Novel"
Emory University Woodruff Library, 10th Floor

Saturday, November 14, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, GA 30322 

This joint meeting with The Jane Austin Society is offering us an opportunity at Emory's newly renovated rare book library, the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript Archives & Rare Book Library, for a look at some 18th-century books, Jane Austen first editions, and hear a talk on what Austen added to the novel genre. Dr. Michaelson is a professor of Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, specializing in 19th-century women's lit, and Jane Austen. Austen featured prominently in her first book Speaking Volumes: Women, Reading and Speech in the Age of Austen (Stanford, 2002). Dr. Michaelson is frequent speaker at JASNA meetings. 

Due to limited seating, this opportunity is being offered to MEMBERS ONLY. 


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ESU Evelyn Wrench Speaker Dinner

Reservations are due by October 17.  If you haven't mailed your check in to Lyn Hovanesian, please do so ASAP!  Be sure to indicate your preference for a chicken or fish entrée on your check.  Since we are so close to the deadline for responses, you might try calling Lyn to let her know you are coming so she can put you down on the list.  See invitation below for details.


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Welcome Aboard to Gary Hicks, ESU Atlanta's 2015 BUSS Scholar to Shakespeare's Globe, London

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Gary recently joined the ESU Atlanta Branch's BUSS committee to share his knowledge and encourage local teachers to apply.


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Atlanta Annual Meeting

The May meeting invitation is below.  We are excited to be welcoming Dr. Sheila Cavanaugh, our latest Study/Travel Grant recipient who will share with us some highlights of her study time in Belfast, Ireland, and speak on one of the most important documents ever written, the Magna Carta. 

Also note that this is an important meeting as we will be voting on the slate of new officers for the coming year and hear reports from committees on activities from the previous year as well as future plans.

Be sure to bring some friends.  Admission is FREE!  Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.


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