ESU Atlanta Branch

President's Corner

November 14, 2019

Dear Fellow Branch Members

Here are a few items of Branch activities that may be of interest to you.

  • On October 29, Fay Selvage chaired a Member meeting at the downtown Capital City Club to honor our esteemed Branch Chairman Emeritus, Manning Pattillo's 100th birthday. We heard an interesting talk by Oglethorpe's Director of International Studies that included our Branch commitment to the Dr. Manning Pattillo, Jr. Oglethorpe Scholarship. The Branch Grant's Committee – David Robichaud and Steven Zarzeka - are handling the details.
  • Those who attended our Member meeting on Nov. 11 were treated to a very interesting talk by our past Board Chairman, Wesley Devoto. Wesley spoke very knowledgably about the British PM, Boris Johnson. One of the comments that I found very interesting was Boris' brilliant academic record. He says some stupid things at times, but he is very smart. It will be interesting to see how the Dec. 

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News And Events

Annual Christmas Party

Cordially invite you to the 

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

At the home of James R. and Elizabth Munson
769 Old Ivey Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30342-4321

R.S.V.P by December 7
Members and Guests $40
Cocktail Dinner Buffet by Soiree Catering
Cakes by Elizabeth Munson
Christmas Music and Caroling

Payable to ESU, Atlanta Branch and mail to:
Edna Berkshire - P.O Box 1684, Cumming GA 30028

Click here to purchase tickets online.


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Atlanta National Shakespeare Competition


The Atlanta Branch Shakespeare Competition will take place on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at the Shakespeare Theatre at 490 Peachtree Street. Participants and mentors should arrive between noon and 12:30. Program starts at 1 PM sharp.

All interested students and mentors should contact Randy Brannen at  The field is limited to the first 30 qualifiers.


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Branch Annual Garden Party

Our Branch held its annual Garden Party at the home of the British Consul General, Andrew Staunton and his wife. Beautiful day with many gorgeous hats. The new Branch President, Pace Huff, was the master of ceremonies and gave the right touch to a wonderful afternoon.

The Branch Shakespeare Competition winner, Arden Adams performed the sonnet that she presented at the national competition in Lincoln Center last April.

After the appropriate toasts to The Queen and to the President, the Consul General provided interesting comments on the importance of the ESU and the tie that binds English speaking people.


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Atonement Lecture Recap

Pictured above: Program Chairman Carolyn Mitchell,our speaker Judy Pincus and Chairman of the Board, Wesley Devoto.

When ESU member Judy Pincus presented her lecture on Ian McEwan's  Atonement in February, it was indeed a high water mark for our regional programs.  The audience was transfixed as Ms. Pincus clearly presented themes, drama, characters, plot development and literary comparisons.  Seldom does one hear such a thorough analysis of an author's work, and our group knew it.  We all appreciated Ms. Pincus's excellent presentation and everyone wants to have her back .


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January 28 Brunch at the Ansley Club with Patrick Allit

Nearly 80 members and guests enjoyed a beautiful buffet luncheon on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the Ansley Golf Club which was followed by an entertaining and interesting talk by Dr. Patrick Allitt.  Dr. Allitt was born, raised, educated in England and received his advanced degrees from U. of California Berkeley and Harvard University.  He is a professor of history at Emory University and the author of several books and a lecturer of seven Great Courses presentations.   Last summer Dr. Allitt went to England and spent several weeks researching interesting places to tour that are often overlooked by tour guides to England.  The material he presented will soon be found in a new Great Course presentation,  so ESU members and guests were treated to a preview of Dr. Allitt's "The Great Tours:  Britain."


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