ESU New York City Branch

Message from the New York Branch

Dear Fellow New York Branch Members,

The dog days of summer have descended over New York; a number of Branch member lifelong learners have returned from their one-week ESU TLab programs in Stratford-upon-Avon and Worcester College at the University of Oxford, our Branch TLab Scholars, Konstantina Tsiokris and Kelly Brady have returned from their study programs at Shakespeare's Globe in London, and, with the fall right around the corner, a new season of programming is in the offing for the ESU New York Branch. On tap are gatherings, open to all, of the Branch Mystery Book Club as well as readings and staged reading of famous plays under the auspices of the ESU Players.

In addition, the Branch is sponsoring or co-sponsoring three fascinating talks, one each in September, October, and November.  In September, noted art historian Genista Davidson will deliver a talk on Art Deco in Great Britain. At the end of October, the ESU New York Branch is partnering with the Royal Oak Foundation on a talk by Phil Reed, OBE on Churchill and the Cabinet War Rooms at The General Society Library on West 44th Street.  A week later, Peter Gilliver, who is on the faculty of the ESU TLab Program at Oxford's Worcester College, will deliver a talk on The Making of the Oxford English Dictionary.  Gilliver has been an editor of the OED for some time.

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News And Events

A Cabaret Evening at the Algonquin

Produced by Elizabeth Sharland

Revert for an evening to the time of the Algonquin Round Table group when martinis flowed like water, the wine was good and the conversation even better.......

Enjoy a three-course dinner (cash bar) followed by a cabaret performance by Steve Ross. 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 at 7:15 P.M.
The Algonquin Hotel, 59 W. 44 St. New York, NY 10036  

To register online, click here. 

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A Day of Shakespeare PD


Shakespeare's Globe Education: 
Leadership, Power, and Persuasion
Professional Development with
Tom Davey

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 8:15 AM
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016

Join your colleagues for a full day of Shakespeare PD with an expert educator direct from Shakespeare's Globe in London. This PD is limited to 25 teachers only. Participants will learn directly from a Globe Learning consultant, professional actor and Shakespeare expert direct from London. This PD is exclusively available from the English Speaking Union in partnership with Shakespeare's Globe.

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tom davey

Meet the Practitioner: Tom Davey

Tom trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has performed in Twelfth Night and Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare's Globe.

Other theatre credits include, for the RSC:  Love's Labours Lost; Hamlet; A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Comedy of Errors; Twelfth Night; Vanity Fair (Middle Temple Hall); The Three Lions (St James Theatre and national tour); Waterbabies (Leicester Curve); The Norman Conquests (Liverpool Playhouse); Outward Bound (Finborough Theatre); Travesties; The Importance of Being Earnest (Birmingham Rep); The Game of Love and Chance (Salisbury Playhouse); The Importance of Being Earnest (New Wolsey, Ipswich); Moliere (Finborough Theatre).
TV and film credits include: Lewis; Silent Witness, The Syndicate Series II; Hamlet (BBC Films); Van Wilder II: Rise of Taj (Tapestry Films) Victoria Cross; A Serpent in Eden, The Ruby in the Smoke; Shakespeare's Happy Endings; Plenty More Fish.

Tom has worked as a practitioner for Globe Education for 9 years, working across all age groups. Tom became a Globe Learning Consultant in 2015.


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Art Deco in Great Britain

Join The English-Speaking Union and ADSNY for an engaging illustrated talk that will take us on a journey around Great Britain. Author, art historian, and journalist, Genista Davidson, will introduce us to Art Deco structures throughout Great Britain, including some of the more obscure and hidden gems along the way such as the illustrious Burgh Island Hotel––in the County of Devon––which had been the stomping ground of Noel Coward and the 'Bright Young Things' during its heyday and the fully restored Midland Hotel in Northern England, which was a former railway hotel built in 1933.  This streamlined Moderne hotel features a beautiful stone mural of Odysseus by Eric Gill, a Triton and Neptune ceiling medallion, and sweeping cantilever stairs along with many impressive minimalist architectural elements. 

Click here for more information and online registration. 


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Dining with Mr. Darcy: A Look at Georgian and Regency Food

Monday, May 21, 2018
6:30 p.m.
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016

Dining with Mr. Darcy is an overview of the food world throughout the Georgian period and the Regency. The 18th century witnessed great changes in all forms of social life from the growth of the middle class, the of rise industrialization, to a rapid increase on the consumption of new luxury goods. Middle and upper class Georgian tables groaned with succulent roasts, savory puddings, and luscious desserts. With a special  focus on the writings of Jane Austen and food as presented in her novels, Raymond discusses in detail what was and wasn't on Georgian tables, how it was cooked, as well as new inventions in the kitchen and garden, and even what Jane and her family cooked and ate themselves. Most of all, this talk will consider what one might have encountered should one have had the coveted opportunity to share a meal with Mr. Darcy, himself.

Reserve your tickets online by clicking here.

Or download a paper registration form here. 


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Margaret Thatcher: Britain Transformed - A Lecture by Noel Sloan

Thursday, April 5, 2018

6:30 p.m.

The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39
th Street, New York City

Margaret Thatcher was one of the outstanding leaders of the 20th century: she had a radical vision and implemented it. She changed Britain so much that even her opponents came to adopt her policies, and some of her ideas have been implemented by countries around the world.  

In the 1970s, Britain was regarded as the "sick man of Europe," a country whose governments were unable to address the problems of a weak economy and industrial unrest. Under Thatcher's leadership, Britain's economy, by the end of the 1980s, had become a model for other countries to copy. Once again Britain's influence was felt around the world. Her achievements include cutting income tax rates while also reducing public debt, privatizing state-owned businesses, taming militant trade unions, and contributing to the collapse of Soviet communism.

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