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Christmas at Windsor Castle with The Queen's Six

Monday, December 14 at 1:00 PM EST


Based at Windsor Castle, the members of The Queen's Six make up half of the Lay Clerks of St. George's Chapel, whose homes lie within the Castle walls. The Chapel Choir, which consists of boy trebles and twelve professional adult male singers, performs some eight services a week, as well as at private and state occasions, often before the Royal Family. In 2018, their duties with the Chapel Choir included singing for the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, now The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

For this special digital program, members of The Queen's Six will be talking about their experiences as Lay Clerks and of Windsor Castle during the holidays. They will also present some of their arrangements of yuletide classics and answer your questions. Registration is free for all ESU Members and Guests!

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Happy Thanksgiving from ESU

Happy Thanksgiving from the ESU to you! 

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Wrench Speaker: Hilary Davidson - Dress in the Age of Jane Austen

Jane Austen's novels have become synonymous with early nineteenth century fashion, especially through filmed adaptations of her work. But what did people in this period really wear? How would Austen, her family and her characters have dressed as they moved through the countryside, villages and cities of late Georgian England? This lecture explores the world of Regency clothing to bring to life the fashionable communities behind Austen's immortal words, based on years of new research in archives and museums.

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October 28th is National Immigrants Day!

Today, and every day, the ESU stands in solidarity with immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. 

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ESU Centennial Radio Play

Join Us for a Special ESU Centennial Event
An Original Radio Play Mystery Comedy
Hosted by Region VI Branches:
Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Kentucky, St. Louis

Mark your calendar for Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm EST as ESU's Centennial celebrations continue with a very special event—An Original ESU Centennial Radio Play Mystery Comedy. This is an old-fashioned radio play in the genre of the 1930's and 1940's Sam Spade Detective Radio Plays but with a modern-day twist. This will be a live production with professional actors performing a mystery comedy titled, "The Case of the Missing Parents." Listeners will hear the actors perform, just like the old radio plays.

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Dr. Laurence C. Morse Honored with The English-Speaking Union Founder's Award & Inaugural Princess Royal Award

Dr. Laurence C. Morse, Co-founder and a Managing Partner at Fairview Capital will be honored with the English-Speaking Union Founder's Award and the newly introduced Princess Royal Award at the 2020 ESU Centennial Gala on Wednesday, October 21st announced Karen Karpowich, Executive Director of the English-Speaking Union.

The English-Speaking Union (ESU) Founder's Award celebrates prominent individuals who exemplify the primary interests of the organization's founder, Sir Evelyn Wrench, to foster US-British relations, cultivate international understanding and good will and promote the mastery and use of English as a language of opportunity.

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Happy World Teachers' Day from ESU

October 5th is World Teachers' Day. The ESU applauds teachers around the world, today and every day! 

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ARNIC embarks on a new year!

In September the ESU welcomed new and returning members of the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC) for the start of new academic year. Despite the challenges presented by the global health pandemic, we have been able to successfully move all of the ARNIC activities to remote platforms. The resilience, enthusiasm and engagement of the ARNIC community has inspired all of us. Now in its eighth year, ARNIC has helped more than 2,000 immigrants to acquire the skills, knowledge and resources to build successful lives in the U.S. 

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ESU Happy Hour Series

Dr. Natwar Gandhi and Panna Naik
Still the Promised Land
Wednesday, September 30th at 4:00 PM (EDT)

Dr. Natwar Gandhi, retired independent Chief Financial Officer of Washington DC, has published a book about his personal story "Still the Promised Land."  Gandhi is a Distinguished Policy Fellow at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, Center for Financial Markets and Policy. He will be joined by his wife, distinguished poet, Panna Naik.


Program 6: Still the Promised Land. Dr. Gandhi program presents fascinating and deeply personal story of how an impoverished immigrant made his way to the new world, remade his life and ultimately became the chief financial officer of Washington, D.C. His life is an inspiring account of how to survive seemingly hopeless circumstances, with an uplifting message for present-day America.

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Fourth of July Messages

ESU of the United States, Chairman's Message

This year, as the ESU of the United States celebrates its 100th Anniversary, the world is dealing with a global pandemic of unparalleled magnitude, cries against racial injustice are echoing throughout our country and across the nations, and at the same time we remember two seminal events that occurred 75 years ago - the day when American, British and Allied forces combined together in Europe to drive the scourge of Nazism from our planet, and the day when nations of good will met together in San Francisco to sign the declaration that marked the establishment of the United Nations.

Far from being remote acts that adorn the pages of history books, both these events of 75 years ago are central and vital to what we are as an organization and both of them have significance as we face a world that has changed rapidly in six months, and shows no sign of reversal. The ties that bind America to the United Kingdom and to Europe, enshrined in the Atlantic Alliance, Nato and countless associations and affiliations that bring us together, are as necessary today as they ever were. Beware those who would decry or undermine bonds forged in blood in defense of liberty, freedom and tolerance. Our links extend far beyond the shores of Europe and, through our international outreach, the ESU is truly global in its desire for peace and fellowship between all people.

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