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News And Events

LORNA GINEVRA SMITH, First Lady of the British Virgin Islands

Thursday, April 24, 2014
Four Seasons Hotel, Lakeview Room

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Ms. Smith currently chairs the Financial Services Business Development Committee, a twelve person group appointed by Cabinet to advise the Premier's Office on the promotion of financial services as well as on new international business opportunities for the territory. She is also the co-chair of the Health and Wellness Committee and a member of the Road Town Development and Management Committee. Most recently, Ms. Smith accepted an assignment from the Government of the Virgin Islands (British) to promote the territory's interests in Asia by launching BVI Asia House in Hong Kong.

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A Very British Murder: The Story of a National Obsession

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Dr. Lucy Worsley,Chief Curator, Historic Royal Palaces

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Lecture A Very British Murder:
The Story of a National Obsession

The Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall
60 West Walton St | 6:00 PM Book Signing

Dr. Lucy Worsley, has a degree in history from Oxford and a doctorate in architectural history. Currently, she leads a team of 14 curators who are responsible for five Historic Royal Palaces including the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palaces, the Banqueting House and Kew Palace. She was formerly an Inspector of Historic Buildings for English Heritage and has published guidebooks and articles on a range of English country houses.

Her most recent BBC series and book, on which her lecture is based, A Very British Murder, examines the "morbid national obsession" with murder and was published in 2013.

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Martin Bell, OBE on Conflicts, Politica and Poetry

Distinguished British journalist, politician and poet Martin Bell visited Chicago for a luncheon and talk on November 7, 2013. The Chicago Branch was pleased to welcome "the man in the white suit" for a special afternoon and hear Mr. Bell tell his firsthand accounts of war reporting.

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Prospective Member Event at Oak Brook Polo Grounds

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Members enjoyed VIP access to Oak Brook Polo Grounds on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Members and friends enjoyed a fun afternoon sipping champagne and watching the "game of Kings." 

Check back for summer 2014 date

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The Baroness Thatcher and the ESU

The English-Speaking Union of the United States notes with sadness the death of The Baroness Thatcher.  Lady Thatcher was a good friend to The English-Speaking Union because, as she said,

"I am a staunch believer in the English-Speaking Union and the ideals for which it stands.  There is simply no other group that does the same good work in bringing together the English-speaking peoples." 

Her connection to The English-Speaking Union of the United States began in the 1960s when, as a young back bencher she made a tour of several American ESU Branches.  Her tour included the Houston Branch where she met for the first time and was introduced at the dinner by George H.W. Bush.  She would remark later that that early tour helped form her impression of America and its people.

She served as Vice-President of The English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth from 1975 – 1990.

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Winner of the 2013 Chicago Shakespeare Competition

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Hannah Antman, British Consul General Robert Chatterton-Dickson and Hannah's teacher Hilerre Kirsch

For teen from New Trier High School

Chicago, February 25, 2013 – Hannah Antman from Wilmette, a student of Hilerre Kirsch at New Trier in Winnetka, IL, won the English-Speaking Union's Chicago Branch regional Shakespeare competition. Hannah Antman qualified by competing in her school Shakespeare competition at New Trier High School.

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2012 Shakespeare Seminar

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On November 5th, students and teachers from 19 local schools participated in a Seminar on Shakepseare's work. The Seminar, led by Dr. Christine Adaire, Professor of Theater, Roosevelt University, provides an interactive Shakespeare experience for students and teachers from across the city and suburbs of Chicago.  Click Here to See our Photo Gallery.

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