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News And Events

100th Birthday Celebration for Dr. Manning Pattillo

Cordially invites you to celebrate during its 100th Year

The 100th Birthday of
Dr. Manning Pattillo, Jr., OSTJ
Chairman Emeritus

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow!

Capitol City Club, Downtown
Tuesday, October 29, 11:30 AM
7 Portman Boulevard, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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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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Patrick Allitt - The State of U.S. Education

Professor Patrick Allitt, Emory University, is Cahoon Family Professor of American History. He was an undergraduate at Oxford in England (1974-1977), a graduate student at the University of California Berkeley (Ph.D., 1986), and held postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and Princeton University. At Emory since 1988, he teaches courses on American intellectual, environmental, and religious history, on Victorian Britain, and on the Great Books. To reserve a place, please include payment via check to Charles Maddrey or use the below link to register online. 

Register online by clicking here

RSVP: February 3, 2019
Guests Welcome
$42 per person
Complimentary Valet Parking
Mail Checks to:
Charles Maddrey, Treasurer
5605 Whitner Drive, NW
Sandy Springs, GA, 30327-4746

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Annual Christmas Party

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Peter Gilliver, General Editor of the OED

Mr. Peter Gilliver, General Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, is touring the United States under the sponsorship of the Evelyn Wrench Speaker series. he will appear on Saturday, Novembner 10, 2018. This event is very unique and not to be missed. A Champagne reception with Hors d'Oeuvres will immediately follow the program. RSVP with check payable to ESU, Atlanta Branch. Mail to Charles Maddrey, Treasurer, ESU Atlanta Branch, 5605 Whitner Drive, NW, Sandy Springs, GA 30327-4746. You may remite payment with credit card by clicking here

RSVP: November 7, 2018
$20 per person
Gould Room is on the ground floor
Champagne Reception
Guests Welcome
Easy Parking

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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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