ESU New York City Branch

Message from the ESU NY President

Autumn is upon us, and  the New York Branch has a full schedule of events and activities for members and friends to enjoy throughout the fall.  Take a look at our newsletter to the right for a full list.  We kick-off the season with a "Welcome Autumn Members' Reception" on Thursday, September 24, 2015, during which we will host the traveling British Debate Team who will engage in a lively debate with three teams from area universities. In October, our autumn lecture will be delivered by Curt DiCamillo, who will regale us with stories of greed, lust, and murder during the reign of King Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty. Tickets are available online now...follow the link in the sidebar to the left.  This year, we welcome the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society, which will present its monthly lecture series in our home on the second Thursday of the month.  ESU members are welcome to attend these free lectures. These offerings complement ESU New York's regular Monday evening British Cinema Night Screenings, British Mystery Book Club Discussions and ESU Players Readings.

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News And Events

Fall Member Welcome Back Reception

 Fall Member Welcome Back Reception

Featuring a half-hour, four-way debate involving the

2015 British National Debating Team

from the

UK's English-Speaking Union


Three Debate Teams from New York City Universities

Debate program begins promptly at 6:45 PM

Thursday, September 24, 2015

6:00 – 8:00 PM


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Free Workshop for NYC Area Teachers

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We invite NYC area high school teachers to join us for a free interactive workshop on the Shakespeare Competition on Thursday, October 1st from 4:00-6:00 PM at The English-Speaking Union in Manhattan (144 East 39th Street).  Space is limited.  Register by September 28th. 


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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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