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2020 ESU Centennial Conference and Gala

Centennial Conference and Gala Benefit
100 Years, 100 Stories
October 19-23,2020

with Honored Guest
Anne, Princess Royal,
President of the ESU of the Commonwealth

This year's Annual Conference ran virtually throughout the week of October 19 - 23, 2020. 

Registration for the Conference has closed. 

Pre-Order Centennial
Merchandise
              ESU Centennial Scarf
and Pocket Square

Gala Information

Conference Schedule

Monday, October 19

12:00 - 12:30 PM (EDT)
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Ambassador Paul Beresford-Hill CBE

12:30 - 2:00 PM (EDT)
Regional Meetings in Breakout Rooms

3:00 - 4:00 PM (EDT)
"Storytelling ESU: 100 Years 100 Stories"
Martyn Tipping

Tuesday, October 20

07:00 AM  (EDT)
International Council Meeting
(For International Delegates Only)

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
ESU of the Commonwealth Address by Jane Easton, Director General & Professor James Raven, LittD FBA Chair

12:00 – 2:00 (EDT)
Branch Breakout Sessions

4:00 - 5:30 PM (EDT)
Happy Hour: Art Deco 42nd Street
Anthony W. Robbins

Wednesday, October 21

12:00 - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Board Meeting (For members of the ESU National Board of Directors)

6:00 - 8:00 PM (EDT)
Gala and Concert

Thursday, October 22

12:00 -1:00 PM (EDT)
"How to Best Engage your Members and Your Board"
Laura Fredricks, Author, and Lecturer

2:00 – 3-00 PM (EDT)
"Creating Community: How English in Action Empowers New Immigrants and Volunteers"

4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT)
Patron Reception
Virtual Tour of Morgan Library & Museum 
"No Soft Nonsense: Presenting the Bold Anne Brontë"
Christine Nelson, Curator



Friday, October 23

12:00 - 2:00 PM (EDT)
100th ESU Annual General Meeting
(For ESU Members only)

2:00 - 3:30 PM (EDT)
Speaker: Brad Rosenstein
Curator, Star Quality: The World of Noel Coward

4:30 - 6:00 PM (EDT)
Branch Breakout Sessions

6:00 - 6:15 PM (EDT)
Final Remarks


Pre-Order Centennial
Merchandise
              ESU Centennial Scarf
and Pocket Square

Gala Information