ESU Atlanta Branch

President's Corner

Dear Atlanta Branch Members,

What a way to start our new year! The ESU Garden Party was a huge success.  Consul General Andrew Staunton and his wife, Becki, hosted a wonderful Garden Party, complete with great weather and beautiful hats.  A special thanks to Cherry Peurifoy and Edna Berkshire for their untiring dedication to our first event. Exciting outings and interesting lectures are being planned with input from you being key to a vibrant organization. Interest by the next generation is being shown in numbers with the Garden Party as a prime example of our growth. 

As we all know, among our many esteemed members, we have one of Atlanta's most prominent citizens, Dr. Manning Pattillo, who at 99 continues to amaze me with his intellect, calm advice and zest for living. We have a role model for us all within our own group. His 100th birthday is in October. Let's celebrate!

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News And Events

Branch Annual Garden Party

Our Branch held its annual Garden Party at the home of the British Consul General, Andrew Staunton and his wife. Beautiful day with many gorgeous hats. The new Branch President, Pace Huff, was the master of ceremonies and gave the right touch to a wonderful afternoon.

The Branch Shakespeare Competition winner, Arden Adams performed the sonnet that she presented at the national competition in Lincoln Center last April.

After the appropriate toasts to The Queen and to the President, the Consul General provided interesting comments on the importance of the ESU and the tie that binds English speaking people.


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Patrick Allitt - The State of U.S. Education

Professor Patrick Allitt, Emory University, is Cahoon Family Professor of American History. He was an undergraduate at Oxford in England (1974-1977), a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley (Ph.D., 1986), and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University. At Emory since 1988, he teaches courses on American intellectual, environmental, and religious history, on Victorian Britain, and on the Great Books. To reserve a place, please include payment via check to Charles Maddrey or use the below link to register online. 

Register online by clicking here

RSVP: February 3, 2019
Guests Welcome
$42 per person
Complimentary Valet Parking
Mail Checks to:
Charles Maddrey, Treasurer
5605 Whitner Drive, NW
Sandy Springs, GA, 30327-4746


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Annual Christmas Party


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Peter Gilliver, General Editor of the OED

Mr. Peter Gilliver, General Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, is touring the United States under the sponsorship of the Evelyn Wrench Speaker series. he will appear on Saturday, Novembner 10, 2018. This event is very unique and not to be missed. A Champagne reception with Hors d'Oeuvres will immediately follow the program. RSVP with check payable to ESU, Atlanta Branch. Mail to Charles Maddrey, Treasurer, ESU Atlanta Branch, 5605 Whitner Drive, NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327-4746. You may remite payment with credit card by clicking here

RSVP: November 7, 2018
$20 per person
Gould Room is on the ground floor
Champagne Reception
Guests Welcome
Easy Parking


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Atonement Lecture Recap

Pictured above: Program Chairman Carolyn Mitchell,our speaker Judy Pincus and Chairman of the Board, Wesley Devoto.

When ESU member Judy Pincus presented her lecture on Ian McEwan's  Atonement in February, it was indeed a high water mark for our regional programs.  The audience was transfixed as Ms. Pincus clearly presented themes, drama, characters, plot development and literary comparisons.  Seldom does one hear such a thorough analysis of an author's work, and our group knew it.  We all appreciated Ms. Pincus's excellent presentation and everyone wants to have her back .


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The English-Speaking Union

Atlanta Branch

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