ESU Atlanta Branch

President's Corner

Dear Atlanta Branch Members and Patrons:

I am in my second year of service as your president. With the invaluable support of our officers, directors, and committee chairs, we have made progress in managing challenges and opportunities presenting themselves to our Branch. We have completed our transition to the LLC form of organization adopted by the national organization, and have recently completed our portion of the audit undertaken by the national organization. 

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News And Events

Cynthia Taylor Mills - British Medieval Art and Architecture

Dallas, Texas's loss is Atlanta's gain as Cynthia Taylor Mills has recently moved to Atlanta and was spotted by ESU member, Jean Morris, in a docent training session for the stained glass windows of St. Philips Cathedral.  Ms. Mills has had many years of teaching art history at Brookhaven College in Dallas and working on the collection of the Dallas Museum of Art. She has a BFA in Art and Art Education and MA in Art History from Southern Methodist University. She has a large collection of slides in her portfolio to share, so please join us for a fascinating look at British Medieval Art and Architecture.

Chair:   Carolyn Mitchell
Easy Parking
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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