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Free Shakespeare Workshop with Chicago Shakespeare Project

Shakespeare Alive! A Workshop for Teens

Open only to high school students; free, registration required
Saturday, October 22, 2016
11 am to 2 pm
The Newberry Library
Ruggles Hall

Attention high school students! Come for an exciting, immersive three-hour workshop, and learn how to make Shakespeare come alive in your performances. Facilitated by actors from The Shakespeare Project of Chicago, you will learn tools and techniques for unlocking emotion and meaning in Shakespeare's texts.


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Polo & Pimms

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         Heather Jane Johston, Reute Butler and Kimberly Gleeson

August 21, 2016
A fantastic afternoon for polo and & Pimm's Cup was spent at the Oak Brook Polo Fields. Co-Chaired by Heather Jane Johnston and Kimberly Gleeson and Honoring, Reute Butler.

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Duchess of Norfolk Invitation

The English-Speaking Union, Chicago Branch
Her Majesty's Consul General Stephen Bridges
invite you to meet and hear

Georgina Susan Fitzalan-Howard
Duchess of Norfolk

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Reception - 11:30 a.m.
Illustrated Lecture - 12:00 noon
Followed by a seated lunch

The Casino
195 East Delaware Place, Chicago
Business Attire/ Coat & Tie
Parking available at 200 East Delaware Place 
and 221 East Chestnut Street

RSVP by Friday, September 2
online at or
by phone at 312-772-3782

ESU Members $75 per person
Non-Members $85 per person
Table of 8 for $700(includes choice of 2 bottles of champagne or white wine);
for membership information, please contact the ESU Headquarters at 212-818-1200 


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Wrench Speaker Robert Hulse on Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Robert Hulse, M.A., Director of London's Brunel Museum and will present a fascinating Victorian titan of industry and design, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and an interesting 20th-century American counterpart, Frank Lloyd Wright. His illustrated lecture is entitled, Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A Victorian Frank Lloyd Wright. Americans need little introduction to their favorite architect, but they may not know Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the Englishman who changed the world. His first project, the oldest tunnel in the London subway, set forth the shape of our cities. His last project, the Great Eastern steamship, changed the pattern of world trade. Everything Brunel did, by land or by sea, he did with flare and showmanship worthy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Both worked beyond the parameters of established practice. Like Frank Lloyd Wright, Brunel was flamboyant as well as prolific. Like him, he was stylish, cutting a figure as a man of fashion, a collector and patron of the arts. In his lecture, Robert Hulse will introduce us to this extraordinary Englishman and discuss the remarkable similarities he shares with the 20th-century American architect, both of whom challenged the way we think about buildings and cities.


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