ESU St. Louis Branch

A Message from the St. Louis Board

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a non-profit, non-political educational organization founded in 1920, two years after an English-Speaking Union was launched in England.

Its mission initially was "to draw together in the bonds of comradeship the English-speaking peoples of the world."

The world has changed dramatically since then, but as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wrote recently, the English-Speaking Union has managed to adapt to these changes so that the ESU has made "the transition from a union of friendship among speakers of English into a dynamic body devoted to the promotion of the use of English as a medium of international communication."

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News And Events

Annual Shakespeare Wreath Laying Ceremony at Tower Grove Park

Barbara Lewington - President of the St Louis Branch, Grace Wallis - 2nd Place Winner of the 2019 STL Shakespeare Competition, Jasmine Hadzic - District Staff to Wm. Lacy Clay, Member of Congress 1st District, Missouri, and David Lauber - Development Director Tower Grove Park. Grace gave another winning performance of her chosen sonnet and monologue!

 

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History of Oxford Choir & Performance

THE CHOIR OF NEW COLLEGE OXFORD 

ROBERT QUINNEY, DIRECTOR

"History of Oxford Choir"
& Exclusive ESU Performance Preview

April 14, 2019 

THE RACQUET CLUB LADUE
1600 Log Cabin Lane
(enter by North 40 Drive off Clayton Rd) 

Cocktails 12:30, Lunch 1:00  
Members $45, Guests $50 

ROBERT QUINNEY is Organist of New College, Oxford, and Director of New College's acclaimed choir. He is also associate professor in the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford. He maintains a parallel career as a solo organist and is a prolific recording artist: his discs of organ music by Bach, Elgar, Dupré, Wagner and Brahms have been widely acclaimed.

 

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St. Louis Shakespeare Competition

The Annual St. Louis Branch ESU Shakespeare Competition gives students in the metro area the opportunity to compete locally, with the winner invited to perform on stage in New York at the national level. This year's branch competition was held on February 9 at Fontbonne University. Each participating student gave an interpretation of both a monologue and a sonnet of choice, to a rapt audience.

 

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Poetry from the Great War

Germaine F. Murray, PhD
Professor of English, Maryville University

"Poetry from the Great War'"
Sunday, February 24, 2019 THE RACQUET CLUB LADUE
1600 Log Cabin Lane
(enter by North 40 Drive off Clayton Rd)

Cocktails 12:30 ~ Lunch 1:00 Members $45 ~ Guests $50

Dr. Germaine F. Murray has been teaching English and Humanities courses at Maryville University for 27 years. She has taught courses in American, British and World Literature and in comparative culture. She developed several courses in Museum Studies, film literacy and has pioneered team teaching with colleagues in a variety of other disciplines. She has been the founding faculty member of Maryville's Study Abroad Program and has taught in Greece, the Czech Republic, London, Oxford, Italy, Scotland and Spain. She co-founded the Maryville Peace and Justice Prize and currently directs this effort.

 

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Brexit, the EU and the US - Where do we go from here?

MICHAEL COSTELLO, JD & LLM

"Brexit, the EU and the US -
Where do we go from here?"

Sunday, JANUARY 20, 2019 THE RACQUET CLUB LADUE
1600 Log Cabin Lane

Cocktails 12:30 - Lunch 1:00 Members $45 - Guests $50

With more than thirty years of living and working overseas, Michael Costello has a unique perspective and understanding of world affairs. He teaches law and international management in the nationally ranked international business program in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He leads students on international study courses to Oxford, United Arab Emirates and Benelux. He has taught in China, Kuwait and Oman. He was the chief legal officer of Agribrands, Inc, an NYSE publicly listed company manufacturing and marketing Purina agri products in sixteen countries on four continents, as well as serving as International Counsel for Monsanto in Canada and Asia Pacific. And he is also a member of our St. Louis Branch. Costello practiced EU law for three years in Brussels, Belgium, and served as an intern with the Commission of the EU. He has a JD from St. Louis University and an LLM in International & Comparative Law from the Vrije Universeit Brussels, Belgium.

 

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