News And Events

January 14th, 2018 - The Bayeux Tapestry

Professor Tomlinson specializes in major works of Western art, viewing them from a cultural perspective which explores how and why the art was created.  She has always been a history teacher, beginning with grade 6 and retiring from Kean University.  While at Kean, Ms. Tomlinson helped develop a course in Western Cultural History.  She holds a PhD and lectures on Cultural History and arranges tours for the serious scholar.


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February 25th, 2018 - Annual Shakespeare Competition

The annual E-SU National Shakespeare Competition is an event designed to encourage high school students across the country to develop their communication skills and an appreciation for the power of language and literature.  Teachers are supported in holding local competitions for students grades 9 – 12, during the fall.  The winner of each competition then proceeds to an E-SU sponsored Branch Competition in February.  The winner of the Branch Competition then advances to the E-SU National Competition in New York City in May.  The national winner is awarded an all expenses paid trip to London and the opportunity to study Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre in London.  The E-SU Princeton Branch will be holding its competition on Sunday, February 25th, 2018 and the public is welcome to attend.  Each student recites one Monologue and one Sonnet.


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March 25th, 2018 - The Literary Career of Winston Churchill

Professor Jonathan Rose is the William R. Kenan Professor of History at Drew University and specializes in British history, intellectual history, and history of the book. Two of his books are: The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor [2014] and The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes [2001]. The latter won the Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History.


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April 29th, 2018 - Kim Lane Scheppele - Brexit

Professor Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.  She was Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton from 2005 – 2015.  She also remains on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  Books include:  Guardian of the Constitution:  Constitutional Court Presidents and the Struggle for the Rule of Law in Post-Soviet Europe and We are all Post-9/11 Now [both published in 2006].  This presentation will touch on the implications of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union – both to them and to the United States.


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May 20th, 2017 - The British Holdings of The Rosenbach Museum

The Rosenbach Museum is located within two 19th century townhouses at 2008 and 2010 Delancy Place in Philadelphia.  The museum houses the collections and treasures of Philip Rosenbach and his younger brother, Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach.  Together, the two brothers owned the Rosenbach Company which became the preeminent dealer of rare books, manuscripts and decorative antiques in the first half of the 20th century.  A curator from the museum will speak to us about its British holdings.


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