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News And Events

Founder's Award Dinner

On behalf of Honorary Chair Danny Lopez, Her Majesty's Consul General in New York, we are delighted to announce that Edwina Sandys MBE and Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill MBE have agreed to accept the 2015 English-Speaking Union Founder's Award for their roles in creating and launching the ESU National Shakespeare Competition.  Award presentation festivities will take place in the Crystal Room of The Empire Hotel, adjacent to Lincoln Center, in New York, immediately following the 32nd National Shakespeare Competition on Monday, April 27, 2015. The evening will begin with a reception at 6:00 pm followed by a festive dinner at 7:00 pm.  For additional information, details and tickets, please click here.

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The ESU MSPDP Championship Middle School Debate Tournament

Saturday, April 18th at the Hackley School, Tarrytown, NJ

95 teams from 33 schools will converge at the Hackley School for the English-Speaking Union Middle School Public Debate Program Championship Tournament.  Nearly 300 students, accompanied by 100 teacher-coaches, will come from New York City, Westchester County (NY), Monmouth, Mercer and Bergen Counties (NJ), Washington, DC, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, VA, Montogomery County, MD, and New Orleans, LA.

There will be five rounds of debate, plus an additional Grand Public Debate.  By the day's end, the ESU will have sponsored nearly 250 debates.

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Representative chosen to compete in the International Public Speaking Competition in London

First Place Winner: Chaya Sara Oppenheim, a junior at Manhattan High School for Girls in New York City, will travel to London this May to represent the United States in the 2015 ESU International Public Speaking Competition.

The ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) brings together the most talented young speakers from across the globe for a week of oratorical workshops, competition and international cultural exchange. Her speech at the National Level, titled, "Colorblindness vs. the Mosaic of Diversity", addressed the ESU's theme, "To Be Ignorant of the Past is to Remain a Child". At the International Level, Chaya Sara will speak on the topic, "Culture is Not a Luxury, But a Necessity".

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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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The New Book Press Provides Prizes for All ESU National Shakespeare Competition Teachers

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The New Book Press is offering prizes to all high school teachers participating in the 2015 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. They publish the digital series WordPlay Shakespeare (eBooks of the Bard's plays featuring video performances of a whole play alongside the complete text). 

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