ESU New York City Branch

Message from the ESU NY President

Happy New Year!  The coming year promises to be an exciting one.  To coincide with the anticipated fifth season of Downton Abbey, we kick off the year with a special screening of its precursor, Gosford Park, on January 5 and a talk-reception featuring Carol Wallace, co-author of To Marry an English Lord, which inspired Julian Fellowes to create Downton Abbey, on January 8.

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News And Events

October 22nd Branch Event

Greed, Lust, and Murder
King Henry VIII, the Tudor Court, and How It Changed England Forever

a talk by
Curt DiCamillo

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union

144 East 39th Street, New York City

The Tudor dynasty was one of the most dramatic and troubled of all English royal families. Ruling during extremely turbulent times, the dynasty was founded by Henry VII, who usurped the throne in 1485 with the battlefield murder of Richard III.  Henry's son, the infamous Henry VIII, changed England forever when his desire for a divorce led him to break with the Roman Catholic Church and create the Church of England.  

His daughters (Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I) were the first women ever to sit on the English throne. Though Mary's reign was an unmitigated disaster, Elizabeth stands as one of the greatest of all European monarchs. In spite of their extreme shortcomings, there wouldn't be an England today without the Tudors. 


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Presummer Night's Reception

To honor the this year's ESU awards and scholarships recipients, as well as the Queen's Birthday, the ESU hosted a Pre-summer Night's Reception. Members mingled with, and were treated to performances and talks by, Branch winners of the National Shakespeare Competition, BUSS Fellowship recipients and the ESU New York Middle School Debate Champions from the Hackley School. 


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Registration Open: 2015 Shakespeare Teacher Workshops

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Registration now open to the Summer 2015 Teaching Shakespeare Workshops in New York City (July 23 & 24). Teaching Shakespeare Workshops, a partnership between the ESU and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library, give teachers nationwide the tools that they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms. These workshops are lead by experts from the Folger National Teacher Corps and focus on the Folger Four (scholarship, performance, curriculum and assessment). They are open to both current educators and pre-service teachers with all levels of experience. Find out more about these upcoming workshops. 


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NYC Teen a Finalist at the 2015 ESU National Shakespeare Competition

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Willington Vuelto, 2015 Competition Finalist, onstage at Lincoln Center.

With his performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Willington Vuelto of New York City, a student of Gabriel Silva at Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts, placed as one of 10 finalists at the 32nd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition was held on April 27th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 57 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Will had previously won the ESU New York Branch regional competition.

View photos of the 2015 National Competition. 

Watch videos of the 2015 Competition Finalists.


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Eighteen Minutes That Changed the World - The Sinking of the Lusitania

The English Speaking Union
cordially invites you to a talk by 

Diana Preston

Monday, May 4, 2015,
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City 
Talk begins promptly at 6:30 PM 

The Cunard liner Lusitania sailed from New York on May 1, 1915 to be sunk by a German submarine without warning six days later. This attack on civilians during the first year of the First World War provoked international condemnation. The heavy loss of life - including 120 of the 200 citizens of the still neutral United States on board - became a major factor in America's entry into the war in the spring of 1917. This is a story of personal tragedy on the scale of "Titanic" but also a geo-political tale with special resonance in the year we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the 'war to end all wars.'

For more information and for online registration click here. 

Click here for the mail-in registration form. 


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