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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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The New York Times features ESU Middle School Debate

The ESU is pleased to share today's The New York Times article, "A Diverse Mix of Pupils, Learning Civilized Dissent," featuring the ESU Middle School Debate program's New York Debate League. Now in its fourth year, the program, designed to help young adolescents develop critical thinking and language arts skills through public speaking, has reached more than 2,300 students in grades 5 to 8 in New York and New Jersey. There are nearly 900 individual debates through this program annually.

The article underscores one of the Middle School Debate program's strengths—bringing together students from various backgrounds that, as Brianna Scott (a seventh grader at Success Academy Harlem West) says, "prepare[s] you to go out into the world."

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The ESU National Conference and Annual General Meeting

The ESU Conference in Newport, Rhode Island, which took place on October 17 - 19, drew the largest number of members to a conference in years, topping out at 140!  Nearly every Branch was represented, and we enjoyed the participation of more Branch leaders than usual, as they were specifically invited to a day-long Conclave of Branch Presidents and National Board Members that took place just prior to the Conference.

Our Newport Branch hosts, led by Branch President Jan Slee and Conference Committee Chair Patricia Woods, produced a most enjoyable series of programs through the weekend.   Click Here to see photos

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Visit with our Educational Partners in Britain

This past July, ESU Executive Director Christopher Broadwell and Director of Educational Programs Carol Losos traveled to Great Britain to introduce themselves to our educational partners there, including the British Universities Summer School (BUSS) professors and administrators at Oxford University and Shakespeare's Globe in London – as well as our counterparts at the ESU of the Commonwealth at Dartmouth House.  Here is their report:

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ESU International Council Meeting and Launch of ESU Italy

Leaders from 23 international English-Speaking Unions held their annual International Council Meeting in Genoa, Italy, September 17 – 21 to coincide with the launch of ESU Italy.  The International Council meets annually, with the ESU of the Commonwealth serving as the secretariat, to discuss and share ideas for programs and charitable activities, collaborate on projects and work toward strengthening and expanding the ESU's international network.  Our Chairman, Josiah Bunting, currently serves as Chairman of the ESU International Council as well, and the Vice Chair is Peter Jennings, who is currently Chairman of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth.  The American delegates to the International Council were ESUUS President Quinn Peeper and Donald Best, who has since been elected to the ESUUS Board.  Click Here to see photos

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