ESU Richmond Branch


The Richmond branch of the English-Speaking Union is proud to be an active member of the ESU nationally and internationally, offering stimulating programs to its members and educational scholarships and support to the community through the British Universities Summer Studies program and sponsorship of Richmond Shakespeare's Annual "Bardathon" for local high school students.

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News And Events


Charlottesville Branch is sponsoring a Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit and Reception on October 11 

The ESU Charlottesville Branch is sponsoring a "Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit and Reception" on October 11 at the UVA Special Collections Library. Reservations must be received by August 31. Due to space considerations at the library, this event is limited to the first 75 respondents, ESU members and nonmember spouses only. A reservation form accompanies this information.

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Schedule of Events for 2016-2017

September 11, 3:00 p.m – We will hear about the history of the Virginia House along with a private tour.

October 2, 3:00 p.m., Virginia House – Oliver Everett, who served as the Royal Librarian to the Sovereign of the United Kingdom, will speak about "Faberge and the French Influence on Britain's Royal Collectors".

October 18, 6:30 p.m. A lecture and Dinner to hear the Right Honorable Lord Watson of Richmond, C.B.E. to discuss his latest book CHURCHILL'S LEGACY: TWO SPEECHES TO SAVE THE WORLD.
The Commonwealth Club
401 West Franklin Street
Richmond, Virginia
*$200 charge for non-members with dinner  
*$100 charge per person
*Dinner by reservation to follow the lecture Black tie optional 

January – We are arranging speakers to present a topic about World War I, 1917.

February – Timothy Olbrych, Instructor of Classic Guitar, Lute & Baroque Guitar at William and Mary, will speak about "The Real Story of 'Greensleeves': English Folk Music and Lute Songs."

March – We'll hear from our two BUSS (British University Summer Studies) scholars.

Late March or Early April – Sonia Purnell, the Evelyn Wrench speaker, will talk about her book CLEMENTINE: THE LIFE OF MRS. WINSTON CHURCHILL.

May – We'll enjoy our Annual Meeting and Garden Party.
Exact dates, times, and locations TBA


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The Rest of Europe and the Question of Brexit

On April 17th, the Richmond ESU will welcome  Dr. John D. Treadway, Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Richmond for a lecture that will provide some background and context for the upcoming June 23 British referendum on whether to stay in or exit the European Union. The program will be at the University of Richmond in the International Center Commons located in the Weinstein International Center, beginning at 3:00 p.m. 

Professor Treadway is a historian of modern Europe, specializing in Germanic Europe and the Balkans.  He has taught at the University of Richmond since 1980 and is a five-time recipient of the University's Distinguished Educator Award.  The author of The Falcon and the Eagle: Montenegro and Austria-Hungary, 1908-1914, among other publications, he frequently serves as a historical consultant to the US Departments of State and Defense, and as the on-site supervisor of the University's summer study program in Berlin.


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BUSS Scholar Presentations

The Richmond Branch had their BUSS Scholar Presentations from the 2015 scholars which the 2016 winners attended. They are pictured with some of the committee including Chair, Matt Cheek and Branch President, Susan Campbell. Dennis Halloran is also on the committee and in the picture -  a past President of the branch.  The scholars are:

Carver Weakley (2015, Cosby High School, Edinburgh)
Laura Ramsay (2016, John Marshall High School, Globe)
Jaclyn Clark (2016, Cosby High School, Oxford)
Monica Vroomen (2015, Longwood University, Oxford)


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Dinner for Russian Bardathon Participants

A dinner was hosted for Russian students from St. Petersburg who came to participate in the Bardathon. Their host families and the Richmond Branch Board were also invited to the dinner. The four students were brought over by their teacher, Tatyana A. Bogdanova,  and one of her assistant teachers.


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