News And Events

Please join us for a Public Debate by our Middle School Debate Leagues

Wednesday, May 21
4:30 - 6:00 PM
The Morgan Library & Museum
Gilder Lehrman Hall
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

Debate topic: In the case of the United States government, transparency is more important than security. 

The ESU Middle School Debate Program was launched in 2010 with a Chairman's Grant from National Endowment for the Humanities.  It initiated our partnership with Claremont McKenna College's Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP), the premier program for debate for students ages 10 to 14, with more than ten years of experience in the field.


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Local Student Graces Lincoln Center Stage for the 2014 ESU National Shakespeare Competition

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Regan Sims from New York City, a student of Casey McClellan at the Professional Perfoming Arts School in New York, placed as a semi-finalist in the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition was held on May 5th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Regan had previously won the ESU New York Branch regional competition.


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Evelyn Wrench Speaker comes to New York

Evelyn Wrench Speaker Adrian Tinniswood  

On Monday evening, March 31, 2014, Adrian Tinniswood OBE, a distinguished British  social historian, writer and lecturer, delivered the Evelyn Wrench lecture for the New York Branch. Before a capacity audience, including Branch members as well as representatives from the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, the Royal Oak Foundation and the St. George's Society, Tinniswood discussed his new book, The Rainborowes: Pirates, Puritans and a Family's Quest for the Promised Land. 


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Registration Now Open for 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensive

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We invite local middle and high school educators across the country to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday this year by participating in the 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensives:  Romeo and Juliet.  This partnership program with the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library allows teachers to learn the Folger's easily-adapted methods and receive materials designed to engage their students in the Bard's works.  Learn more about the program in New York City and register today


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Results of the 2014 Shakespeare Competition

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2014 finalists and judges at the Morgan Library & Museum.

Regan Sims, a student of Casey McClellan at Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, won the 2014 English-Speaking Union New York Branch Shakespeare.  Jordan Mayo of the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts placed 2nd in the competition, and Chiara Mannarino of the Marymount School of New York placed 3rd.  Congratulations to all the students who participated this year, and many thanks to their teachers and schools!


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New York City Branch

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The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

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