ESU Atlanta Branch

President's Corner

Dear Atlanta Branch Members, Patrons, and Contributors:

Once again, I am pleased to announced that your officers and directors have completing all legal requirements for the Atlanta Branch. We have paid taxes, completed the Fraud Questionnaire, submitted the Federal Form 990, and submitted all audit documentation to the New York headquarters on time. We are in good standing in all matters.

There are still operating details to be resolved between the Branch and the New York office, particularly with regard to finances. New York reports that it is seriously underfunded in certain areas, and is proposing that the Branch undertake more financial support of the Shakespeare Competition. We are actively working on these matters. We are still considering certain details of the Strategic Plan, which was developed without sufficient consultation with branches around the country. There is also a new Capital Campaign in connection with the ESU Centennial coming in 2020. You will be hearing more about it.

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News And Events

Michael McDavid - The History of Royal Weddings


Michael McDavid returns to help us celebrate the forthcoming Royal Marriage with a historical review of other notable royal marriages. Michael has two degrees in European history, from Furman University and Emory University. He is an active participant, both attendee and teacher, in the Emory OLLI program, where he often teaches courses on European history and monarchy. We will also be holding our Annual General Meeting to elect new officers for the coming year and to hear reports from the various committees.  

Chair: Carolyn Mitchell
Easy Parking
No Charge
Gould Room is on the first floor
Light Refreshments
Guests Welcome

 

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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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Shakespeare Competition

Don Pattillo, Branch President with the Winners: Oglesby, Atkinson, Pond with their teachers.

Our annual Shakespeare Competition was held on Feb. 11 at the Shakespeare Tavern, Co-Chaired by Diane and Randy Brannen.

The event was well attended and we had an exceptional group of high school participants. This year's winner was Andrew Oglesby, from Westminster whose teacher is Kate Morgens. The first  runner up was  Katherine Atkinson of North Atlanta High School, and her teacher is Casey Christenson. Our second runner up is Madeline Pond who is home-schooled by her mother, Elizabeth Pond.  Andrew will go to the National competition to be held April 23 in the Lincoln Center in NYC. We wish him every success as he represents the Atlanta Branch in the National Competition!!

 

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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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Branch Christmas Party December 16, 2017

Once again the Branch Members gathered at the beautifully decorated home of Elizabeth and Jim Munson for our annual Christmas Party. The last weekend before Christmas guaranteed heavy traffic, but our Members braved the delays and showed up ready to have a good time.  The buffet was nicely catered by the Jerry Dilts group augmented by Elizabeth's rich and tasty desserts.

 

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