ESU Atlanta Branch

President's Corner

Dear Atlanta Branch Members, Patrons, and Contributors:

Once again, I am pleased to announced that your officers and directors have completing all legal requirements for the Atlanta Branch. We have paid taxes, completed the Fraud Questionnaire, submitted the Federal Form 990, and submitted all audit documentation to the New York headquarters on time. We are in good standing in all matters.

There are still operating details to be resolved between the Branch and the New York office, particularly with regard to finances. New York reports that it is seriously underfunded in certain areas, and is proposing that the Branch undertake more financial support of the Shakespeare Competition. We are actively working on these matters. We are still considering certain details of the Strategic Plan, which was developed without sufficient consultation with branches around the country. There is also a new Capital Campaign in connection with the ESU Centennial coming in 2020. You will be hearing more about it.

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News And Events

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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Shakespeare Competition

Don Pattillo, Branch President with the Winners: Oglesby, Atkinson, Pond with their teachers.

Our annual Shakespeare Competition was held on Feb. 11 at the Shakespeare Tavern, Co-Chaired by Diane and Randy Brannen.

The event was well attended and we had an exceptional group of high school participants. This year's winner was Andrew Oglesby, from Westminster whose teacher is Kate Morgens. The first  runner up was  Katherine Atkinson of North Atlanta High School, and her teacher is Casey Christenson. Our second runner up is Madeline Pond who is home-schooled by her mother, Elizabeth Pond.  Andrew will go to the National competition to be held April 23 in the Lincoln Center in NYC. We wish him every success as he represents the Atlanta Branch in the National Competition!!


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