ESU Atlanta Branch

President's Corner

Dear Atlanta Branch Members:

I recently accepted the challenge of serving as your president for the 2016-2017 year, and I have been gratified at the support of directors, officers, and members.

It is indeed an interesting time to be a member of the English-Speaking Union. In 2015 we celebrated the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta and the 200th anniversary of Wellington's victory at Waterloo. This year, we observe the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charlotte Bronte. 

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News And Events

Annual National Shakespeare Competition

English Speaking Union Special Event

For ESU members, guests, and participants

Annual National Shakespeare Competition

English-Speaking Union, Atlanta Branch
Come join us at the
Atlanta Shakespeare Playhouse
499 Peachtree Street, N. E.
Atlanta, GA
(four blocks south of the Fox Theatre across from the hospital)


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Presentation by Thomas J. McElhinny "The War that Made America"


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January 29 Meeting

The turnout for our January meeting was excellent with many guests in attendances.  "How Brexit Baffled Britain" was the provocative subject that our speaker, Patrick Allitt, spoke about at our first meeting of the year.  He definitely kept our attention as he gave the historical background that had led to the creation of the Common Market/European Union.  With two horrific World Wars devastating most of Europe financially and otherwise, something needed to change in the way European countries interacted with each other to prevent future conflicts. Trade was thought to be a way to ease tensions, and a mutually beneficial trade effort was initiated in 1951 with 6 countries called European Coal & Steel Commission. As with so many ideas that start out with good intentions, over the years the EU became a huge bureaucracy that decided it would be a good idea to have their own military, its own currency and overwhelming rules and regulations so that everyone would be on the same page.  One important aspect of the EU is the free flow of people between the countries. The individual nations who elected to join the EU had the option of using the Euro for buying and selling to the majority of the countries have. However, the overreaching rules and regulations that standardized everything from cheese to dog leaches ended up destroying much of the uniqueness and sovereignty of each country.


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Annual Christmas Party

This year's party was another special treat at the home of James and Elizabeth Munson. Their beautifully decorated home was so welcoming and definitely set the tone for the Christmas party celebration.  The centerpiece was a huge tree with abundant decorations.

Everyone seemed very pleased with the buffet items expertly prepared by Party Express and calorie-busting desserts that were just delicious!!  Lots of glass clinking with Christmas wishes all around.


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November - William Shakespeare First Folio

How fortunate our Branch is have had our own personal docent to give us a guided tour of the Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit at the Michael Carlos Museum at Emory University.  Dr. Sheila Cavanaugh offered to take us through the Shakespeare Exhibit not only in the museum but also in the Library where there were several areas focusing on Shakespeare's influence even in the modern world.  Dr. Cavanaugh spent the better part of this past year organizing and setting up these exhibits which was all very impressive.


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