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News And Events

OCTOBER 21ST, 2018 - THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION, PRINCETON BRANCH PRESENTS:

JONATHAN ROSE – THE READING HABITS OF THE BRITISH WORKING CLASS

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.

LOCATION:  The Kirby Arts Center, The Lawrenceville School

TIME:  3.00 PM

The presentation will be followed by refreshments.  Free to E-SU Members.  $10 for non-members.

For additional information, please visit the website at http://www.esuus.org/princeton/

 

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NOVEMBER 4TH, 2018 - THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION, PRINCETON BRANCH PRESENTS:

DINING WITH MR. DARCY:  A Look at Georgian and Regency Food 

Photo Credit – Richard Koek

Georgian England saw great change in all forms of social life from the growth of the middle class, the birth of industrialization, and a rapid increase on the consumption of new luxury goods.   The great Jane Austen, the careful chronicler of the social world and customs in late 18th century Regency England used references to food sparingly but significantly in her fiction.  This talk will consider what one might have encountered should one have had the coveted opportunity to share a meal with complex Mr. Darcy himself.

BIO - Carl Raymond is a food historian, writer and museum educator.  He has worked at the Merchant's House Museum as well as King Manor Museum in education and programming.  Carl trained at French Culinary Institute as well as the Institute for Culinary Education and holds a diploma in Culinary Arts. He has taught recreational cooking classes throughout New York City and has lectured on food history at the Merchant's House Museum, the National Arts Club, the Metropolitan Opera Guild and the English Speaking Union.  Most recently, he was a contributing writer on SAVORING GOTHAM: A Food Lover's Companion to New York City, Oxford University Press.

LOCATION:  The Kirby Arts Center, The Lawrenceville School

TIME:  3.00 PM  The presentation will be followed by refreshments.  Free to E-SU Members.  $10 for non-members.

Refreshments will be served following the presentation.  Additional Information at http://www.esuus.org/princeton/

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JANUARY 27TH, 2019  THE E-SU PRINCETON BRANCH PRESENTS:

HEATHER EWING ON JAMES SMITHSON, THE BRITISH FOUNDER OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION

 

Heather Ewing

Heather Ewing is a graduate of Yale University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. She is currently a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, where she works as an architectural historian. The Lost World of James Smithson is her first book. She lives in New York. 

LOCATION:  The Kirby Arts Center, The Lawrenceville School

TIME:  3.00 PM

The presentation will be followed by refreshments.  Free to E-SU Members.  $10 for non-members.

For additional information, please visit the website at http://www.esuus.org/princeton/

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FEBRUARY 24TH, 2019  THE E-SU PRINCETON BRANCH PRESENTS:

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 it's competition on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 and the public is welcome to attend.  Each student recites one Monologue and one Sonnet.

LOCATION:  The Kirby Arts Center at The Lawrenceville School

TIME:  Warm-Up in the lounge at 2.00 pm; Competition in the auditorium at 3.00 pm.

Light refreshments will follow the competition.  Free to the public.

For additional information, please visit the website at www.http://esuus.org/princeton/

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 MARCH 31ST, 2019 – THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION, PRINCETON BRANCH PRESENTS:

KIM LANE SCHEPPELE – BREXIT: HAS THE DUST SETTLED?

   

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 focus on Britain in a post-Brexit world.

LOCATION:  The Kirby Arts Center, The Lawrenceville School

TIME:  3.00 PM

The presentation will be followed by refreshments.  Free to E-SU Members.  $10 for non-members.

For additional information, please visit the website at http://www.esuus.org/princeton/

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APRIL 28TH, 2019  THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION PRINCETON BRANCH PRESENTS:

KIRSTIN BRIDIER – THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR SCOTLAND AND SAVING HILL HOUSE, HOME OF CHARLES RENNIE MACINTOSH

Kirstin Bridier

Executive Director – National Trust for Scotland

Kirstin is responsible for securing support for the Trust from individual, corporate, and foundation donors in the US. Kirstin, who previously worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, is a graduate of Smith College and holds an M.Sc. in historic preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.  This presentation will feature efforts to preserve Hill House, home of Charles Rennie Macintosh.

LOCATION:  The Kirby Arts Center, The Lawrenceville School

TIME:  3.00 PM

The presentation will be followed by refreshments.  Free to E-SU Members.  $10 for non-members.

For additional information, please visit the website at http://www.esuus.org/princeton/

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MAY 18TH, 2019  THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION, PRINCETON BRANCH PRESENTS:

A PUB LUNCH AT THE SHIP INN, MILFORD + AGM

A fun lunch PLUS a pub quiz!  Noon.  Will double as our Annual General Meeting.  PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A SATURDAY!

LOCATION:  THE SHIP INN, 61 BRIDGE STREET, MILFORD NJ

TIME: Noon

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2017-2018 Programs

OCTOBER 8TH, 2017 
PETER HAM

NOVEMBER 5TH, 2017   
THE ROYAL SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCERS

JANUARY 14TH, 2018 
BARBARA TOMLINSON – THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY

FEBRUARY 25, 2018 
ANNUAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION

MARCH 25TH, 2018 
JONATHAN ROSE – THE LITERARY CAREER OF WINSTON CHURCHILL

APRIL 29TH, 2018 
KIM LANE SCHEPPELE - BREXIT

MAY 20th, 2017 
THE BRITISH HOLDINGS OF THE ROSENBACH MUSEUM


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October 8th, 2017 – Peter Ham


Peter's talk is based on Catherine Bailey's book, 'Black Diamonds' and is titled 'The End Of It All: Wentworth House, The Fitzwilliams and the 1940s Labour Government'.  The talk describes the coda to the political and social forces set in motion by the Glorious Revolution and the 1689 Bill of Rights that Peter described in his earlier talk on the the English Landscape Garden movement, 'Politics in the Garden'.

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November 5th, 2017 - The Royal Scottish Country Dancers


The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society [RSCDS], New Jersey Branch, conducts regular classes and parties open to all who are interested in preserving Scottish Country Dancing.  They will be demonstrating Scottish dancing and will probably ask for audience participation as they did last time!

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