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News And Events

No More Champagne - Churchill and His Money

Thursday, November 12, 2015
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Free and open to the public
Registration is NOT required

David Lough's No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money contributes to the Boston Athenæum's impressive collection of biographies, including several on Winston Churchill. The volume also deepens the Athenæum's collection of books that offer multiple perspectives on United States and European history.

The popular image of Winston Churchill is of a life of champagne and cigars but, behind the scenes, he struggled to prevent his personal financial problems from engulfing his political career. Only fragments of this story have previously emerged, but Lough has now pieced it together with the help of unprecedented access to the private records of Churchill and his associates.

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Boston Branch Winner Places Third in National Shakespeare Competition

(l to r - Third place winner, Elizabeth Mears, winner Sarah Spalding and Second place winner Evelyn Johnson)

New York City, April 27, 2015 -- With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Sarah Spalding, a student of John Watt at Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, won first prize at the 32nd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition was held on April 27th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 57 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Sarah had previously won the ESU Hawaii Branch regional competition. Her prize for placing first is a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School in London, England.

The runner up of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Evelyn Johnson, representing the Philadelphia Branch of the ESU, won a full scholarship to the American Shakespeare Center's Theatre Camp in Staunton, Virginia. Third place winner, Elizabeth Mears, representing the Boston Branch of the ESU, won $500 from The Shakespeare Society.

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Save the Dates

ESU Boston Presents Three Unique and Wonderfully Informative Social Events

Please note on your calendar and RSVP to assure your presence

Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program: Brunel Lecture - Wednesday, April 22 at 6:00 PM at the West End Museum, 150 Staniford Street, Boston.

Tour of The Museum of World War II - Saturday, May 9 beginning at 11:00 AM.

ESU Garden Party - Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 PM.

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Shakespeare Competition Finalists

Congratulations to our finalists, who will be competing this Saturday, February 7th!

Belle Flint
Claire Glover
Ellie Laabs
Meaghan Robichaud
My Huynh
Andrew Letai
Caroline Clancy
Macarthur Morris
Briana Pinto
Lizzie Mears
Devin Bean

The final round will be held on February 7 at the Mount Ida College Campus Center Theater at Mount Ida College. The theater is located at 777 Dedham Street, Newton, MA, 02459.

The finals will commence at 1 o'clock in the afternoon.

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The English Speaking Union of Boston's Shakespeare Competition Semi-Finals

On Saturday, January 31st at 10:30 AM the English-Speaking Union of Boston will hold the Shakespeare Competition Semi-Finals at Mount Ida College. The Finals will also be held at Mount Ida On February 7th at 1 PM. 

Parking is available in the visitor lot which is directly to the left when you enter campus. Please proceed across the street to the downstairs entrance of the Campus Center. 

Brunch will be available for $7.25 and is available between 11 am – 2 pm and there will be a private dining room with a sign indicating: "Reserved for Shakespeare Competition"

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Author Awarded

The English Speaking Union of Boston honored Andre Dubus III (left) this week as the ESU 2014 Author of the Year. Presenting the award is Boston Branch president, Paul Boghosian, of Belmont. Dubus is the author of six books, including the New York Times bestsellers House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie.  His most recent book, Dirty Love, published in the fall of 2013, was a New York Times "Notable Book" selection, a New York Times "Editors' Choice", a 2013 "Notable Fiction" choice from the Washington Post, and a Kirkus "Starred Best Book of 2013".   Dubus, an award winning teacher, lectures at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

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Holiday Party

 The Boston Branch of
The English-Speaking Union

Cordially invites you to a festive

Holiday Party

At the home of
The British Consul General
Ms. Susie Kitchens

15 Chestnut Street, Beacon Hill, Boston

Thursday, December 11, 2014
6:00 PM

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Andres Dubus III Event

THE ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION of BOSTON
Will HONOR the AWARD WINNING
and PROMINENT AUTHOR

ANDRES DUBUS III
as
AUTHOR OF THE YEAR
on
Wednesday, November 12, 6 o'clock
at
THE UNION CLUB
Eight Park Street, Boston

ESU recognizes writers with a distinct voice that when combined with extraordinary use of the English language produces writing that can be most memorable and profound, enlightening and entertaining and extremely worthy of a reader's concentrated attention. Such is the voice of our ESU Author of the Year Andre Dubus Ill.

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ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE For teen from Scituate High School

New York City, May 5, 2014 -- Captivating audiences with a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, John Duff from Scituate, Massachusetts, a student of Ty Lemerande at Scituate High School in Scituate, placed as a semi-finalist in the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held on May 5th at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide. John had previously won the ESU Boston Branch regional competition. 

John Duff, semi-finalist in the 2014 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center Theater in New York City.

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Annual Garden Party

The Boston Branch of
The English-Speaking Union
Cordially invites you to a
Festive Garden Party and Champagne Reception.

The event will be held at the lovely home of
Eli and Jody Dow
3:00 P.M. Rain or shine
Sunday, June 8, 2014

The proceeds from this annual garden party, our major fundraiser, are to benefit the ESU Education Fund, which supports the Shakespeare Competition for high school students. More than 20,000 talented teenagers from schools in the Greater Boston area have participated in this annual educational event over the last 30 years.

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