ESU Charlottesville Branch

Holiday Greetings from the President

Fresh from the 2013 National Conference of the ESU held in Seattle, Washington last month, I am full of excitement. Language Takes Flight was the theme of the conference, and soar we did---meeting so many interesting members from groups across the country, not to mention the amazing array of speakers. My husband and I spent time with Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster Abbey in London, as well as meeting the new National Chairman, Josiah Bunting III. I learned much about the full spectrum of programs that the ESU sponsors in various branches through different workshops.

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News And Events

Black-tie dinner with speaker, Andrew O'Shaugnessy

Event Recap Photo

President Taylor and Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy at the October dinner event.

President Taylor presented a signed (Lord Watson) copy of The Queen and the USA to Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy, who gave a riveting presentation about his splendid new book, nine years in the making, and titled The Men Who Lost America.


Annual Kick Off Black-Tie Dinner

October 8
6:00 p.m.

Our season opens with an elegant kick-off dinner and speaker:

Andrew O'Shaughnessy will discuss and sign his latest book, "The Men Who Lost America." Farmington Country Club.


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ESU Charlottesville 2013-2014 Program

Download the New Program for the 2013-2014 year,
and Save the Dates!

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High School Senior Taking Passion for Shakespeare to NYC

Memorizing and performing Shakespeare's prose sounds like an unusual passion for a high school senior. But one 17-year-old Renaissance man from Charlottesville is disproving that stereotype, while hoping to make a name for himself on a bigger stage.

Liam Rowland has been studying Shakespeare since sixth grade.

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The English-Speaking Union

Charlottesville Branch

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.