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Brunel: The Man Who Changed the World

Robert Hulse, MA, is Director of London's Brunel Museum, housed in Brunel's original Thames Tunnel engine house and winner of The Queen's Award in 2010. In this lecture, Robert Hulse will examine Brunel as not only as visionary engineer, but also as showman and world changer. For more information on the lecture, please click here. 

The lecture will be held at Shippensburg University at the Old Main Chapel on Thursday, April 9th at 7 pm with light refreshments before the talk.  For more details please email Karen Blair at


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Central PA Branch Shakespeare Competition - UPDATE

Due to the popularity of the Shakespeare Competition in Central PA, we'll hold area competitions that precede our Branch competition.  These smaller events will make room for more high school students to compete, offer closer locations for you - and will allow our Branch to recognize more students. 

Area Competitions

Harrisburg Carlisle Area Competition
Monday, February 16th (President's Day)
Carlisle High School
623 W. Penn St. Carlisle, PA 17013

State College Area Competition
Monday, February 16th (President's Day)
State College Borough Building 
243 South Allen Street, State College, PA 16801

Pittsburgh Competition
Saturday, February 21st
 PSU New Kensington Campus
3550 Seventh Street Road, New Kensington, PA 15068-1765

All competitions will begin at 11 AM
Refreshments will be offered at the conclusion of these events

Overall Competition

Central PA Branch Competition for the winners of the above events
Friday, February 27, noon
Lock Haven University
401 N Fairview St, Lock Haven, PA 17745
This event will begin with a luncheon, free for participants, advisors, and families.

  • For more information, download the Central PA Shakespeare Competition information letter: Click Here
  • To register, please fill out the online form: Click Here
  • or download and mail in the paper form: Click Here

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The English-Speaking Union

Central Pennsylvania Branch

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.