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The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a network of 68 Branches throughout the country, whose members celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members.  The ESU seeks to nurture and enhance our linguistics heritage through nationally administered programs and outreach.

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News And Events

All the Worlds a Stage for 2014 ESU BUSS Scholars at Shakespeare's Globe

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ESU Executive Director Christopher Broadwell (far right) and ESU Director of Education Carol Losos (second from right) at the Globe with 2014 BUSS Scholars

Twenty-four school teachers from across the US are currently participating as ESU British University Summer School (BUSS) scholars in the Teaching Shakespeare Through Perfromance program at Shakesepare's Globe theatre in London. The Globe is a reconstruction of the Elizabethan playhouse on the River Thames that was originally built in 1599. Many of them are able to attend on full scholarships granted by their local ESU Branches. They will return to their classrooms this fall equipped with new, performance-based methods to teach Shakespeare to their high school students in the US.

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Oxford Welcomes ESU BUSS Scholars

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Jonna Shutowick, BUSS Scholar from the ESU Palm Beach Branch, at the Bodleian Library

This past week, the University of Oxford welcomed ESU British University Summer School (BUSS) scholars to their International Summer School program. For three weeks, the American teachers will have the privilege of studying English Literature, History, Politics and Society, or Creative Writing at Exeter College. Founded in 1314, Exeter is one of the oldest and most esteemed colleges at Oxford. All of the new "Oxonians" have won fellowships from their local ESU Branches to fund the course tuition, housing, meals and travel expenses.

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Shakespeare Comes Alive at the 31st ESU National Shakespeare Competition

The 2014 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition was held on May 5th on the Vivian Beaumont stage Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.  Fifty-eight winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide participated.

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Reception and Dinner Honoring Retiring President & Executive Director Alice Boyne

Alice Boyne, who dedicated her career to the English-Speaking Union, retired at the end of February after 43 years of service, most recently as President & Executive Director.  A host of ESU Members, Branch Presidents, Board Members and professional associates gathered on May 5 to celebrate her tenure and leadership - specifically her visionary work to establish the ESU's major educational programs.

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Dr. E. Quinn Peeper Elected President and Laura J. Phelps Elected Vice-Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States

Dr. E. Quinn Peeper was elected President and Laura J. Phelps was elected Vice-Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) effectively immediately at a meeting of its Board of Directors on May 4.  Dr. Peeper, a long-time activist and supporter of the ESU, succeeds Alice Boyne, who recently stepped down as the organization's President and retired as its Executive Director after a 43-year career at the ESU.  Ms. Phelps, a strong activist and supporter of the ESU, succeeds Mark Stollar, who recently stepped down from that post.

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