News And Events

2019 Scholars Introduced at The Scholars Reunion

From left: Janine Papin, Tara Whitman,  Jennifer Bennett, Jennifer Gautier and Sarah Porter enjoy food, drinks and conversation. 

The Central Florida Branch held its third annual Scholars Reunion at Marlowe's Tavern in Winter Park, March 27th from 5:00 to 7:00. Former scholars met the "newbies" and lots of conversation ensued with tips to guide the folks going to Oxford, the Globe and Edinburgh's new Theater and Performance program. Drinks, chicken quesadillas, kettle chips and cookies made a festive gathering for around 25 board members and teacher/scholars. This event brings friends together and supports the relationships formed while studying in the U.K. We now look forward to the next of our reunions which is scheduled for October.


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Dr. Sandra Spanier, Professor of American literature at Penn. State University

Central Florida Branch had Dr. Sandra Spanier of Penn. State University to speak on The Hemingway Letters to a large crowd of members and guests at the Winter Park University Club. Professor Spanier has been named the editor of Ernest Hemingway's private correspondences, letters that he never expected to have published. Her talk explaining the adventure of gathering and editing thousands of personal letters to famous people of the 20th century, even Hemingway's notes passed in high school, was simply fascinating. The end result of travels from Idaho to Cuba will be 17 volumes that reveal the real-time life of one of America's most famous authors.


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Central Florida Branch Names Six TLAB Scholars

From left; Paul Dedge, Tara Whitman,J.Marie Bailey, Reta Jackson (Scholar Chair), Jeffery Cook, Jennifer Bennett, and Rick Rodriquez  

Former scholars: Joe Cummiskey and Greg Wedel at the Reception

Donna Miller, Vice President for the Drey Endowment,  and Julie Rankin, Board Director attending Scholars Reception. 


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2018 Drey Scholars Honored at Fall Dinner

From left to right are: Jennifer  Gautier,  Amanda Dickson,  Elaine Wiedemer,  Barbara Ihns,  and Joseph Cummiskey. 


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Central Florida Jazz Society at Fall Dinner Program

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The English-Speaking Union

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Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.