News And Events

News And Events

Think Spring, think Singapore Slings....

Co-Chairs Priscilla Barlow and Jetta Boschen, together with their Ascot Ball Committee, are busy making plans for a wonderful evening to benefit the many ESU Chicago Branch scholarships; including the high school Shakespeare Program, Page Scholar, British Universities Summer abroad program and the Luard Morse Scholarship fund. Don't miss our annual fundraiser!

Ascot Ball 2015

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Luard Morse Scholarship awarded to Allyson Carpenter and Laura Campbell

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Allyson Carpenter and Laura Campbell

Allyson Carpenter, a Political Science Major/Community Development Minor, and Laura Campbell, a Biology Major/Chemistry Minor, both at Howard University in Washington, D.C., have been selected as this year's recipients of the English–Speaking Union (ESU) Luard Morse Scholarship.  The scholarship provides $25,000 towards a semester of study at an English university during the 2015-16 academic year.

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All the World's a Stage for Teen from Evanston Township High School

Harry Thornton from Evanston, a student of Anne Lefkocitz at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, won the English-Speaking Union Chicago Branch regional Shakespeare competition. The event was part of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. Harry Thornton had already won his school Shakespeare competition at ETHS. The ESU Branch competition was held on Monday, February 9 at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and 23 school winners from the Chicago area participated. Harry impressed the judges and captivated the audience with his performance of Hamlet and his recitation of Sonnet 136. He will go on to represent the Chicago area as a semi-finalist at National competition in April (regularly held at the world-renowned performing arts complex, Lincoln Center, in New York City).

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Shakespeare Programs

Mark your calendars for a Free Shakespeare Seminar at Roosevelt University

Monday, November 17,2014
Complimentary boxed lunch included

Registration opens in October for the Chicago Branch Shakespeare Competition

Top 3 students are awarded scholarship funds and the chance to compete at Lincoln Center in NY in April 2015

 Monday, February 9, 2015
8:30 am-2pm
Complimentary boxed lunch included

See our website for Competition info and links: Click Here

Please contact Victoria Arnold with questions:

The English-Speaking Union
47 W. Division , Suite 388
Chicago 60610

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British Day for Polo Matches at Oak Brook

Join us for an afternoon of
Pimm's and Polo
Sunday, August 17th, 2014
(Rain Date August 24th)
Oak Brook Polo Grounds

$125 per person inclusive of VIP access,
drinks and buffet lunch

Click here to register:

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Sackville- West and the Story of Knole

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Interior, Knole Castle, England

Evening lecture, co-sponsored with The Royal Oak Foundation, with Robert Bertrand Sackville-West, 7th Baron Sackville, a British publisher, author and guardian of Knole in Kent, which has been a Sackville house for 400 years.

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The Literary Churchill

Join the ESU for a book signing with the award winning author, Johna than Rose. The newly released The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor by Johnathan Rose. Mr. Rose's book introduces a Winston Churchill we have not known before. Award-winning author Jonathan Rose explores in tandem Churchill's careers as statesman and author, revealing the profound influence of literature and theater on Churchill's personal, carefully composed grand story and on the decisions he made throughout his political life. Please look for details of Johnathan Rose's visit on October 30th.

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New Year's Eve

English Regency Theme
White Tie and Black Tie
RSVP by December 1st, 312-772-3782
The Casino
Tuesday, December 31st, 2014

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The Honorable Simon Howard Chairman, Castle Howard Estate, Ltd.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Co-Sponsored Lecture with The Royal Oak Foundation
Castle Howard - 300 Years of Tradition and Change
The Casino 195 East Delaware Pl | 6:30 PM

The Hon. Simon Howard is Chairman of Castle Howard Estate Ltd. He is the third son of the late Lord Howard of Henderskelfe. Called back to Yorkshire in 1979 to supervise the filming of Brideshead Revisited, he became Managing Director of the Estate, and in 1984 became Chairman of Castle Howard Estate Ltd. on the death of his father.

Join The Hon. Simon Howard as he lectures about Castle Howard and gives a visual personal tour of the house and its extraordinary landscape with temples, lakes, and fountains. Mr. Howard will talk about the generations of his family who have contributed to the house's rich history. He also will describe modern living at Castle Howard and the ongoing preservation and restoration projects that will ensure its survival into the future.

For More Information or to
Purchase Tickets: Click Here

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