ESU Columbus Branch

From the President

Dear ESU-Columbus Members and Friends,

For 94 years the Columbus Branch of the English-Speaking Union has proudly carried the banner of Education, Scholarship and Understanding. Our mission, to foster greater understanding through a shared use of the English language, has benefitted literally thousands of Central Ohio youths by helping them to appreciate the richness and importance of language in successful citizenship.

During the 2017-2018 program year we will build on that success by our sponsorship of ESU's signature programs—the Middle School Debates, the High School Shakespeare Competition, and English-in-Action.

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News And Events

Reginald Dyck Ph.D. The Harlem Renaissance.

September 10, 2017

Reginald Dyck  Ph.D.
The Harlem Renaissance
 The meeting of cultural traditions in African-American engagement with an English literary tradition.

Scioto Country Club, buffet brunch, 12PM-2PM. $40 p/p gratuity included. Reservations and payment due Wednesday, September 6.

Dr. Reginald Dyck's distinguished research and writings are closely connected to his teaching. As Professor of English at Capital University, his published essays on Louise Erdrich, Simon Ortiz, Willa Cather, William Faulkner and Greg Sarris have either had their origin in the classroom or have directly shaped his teaching of their works.

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Jazz Legend Vaughn Wiester

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Jazz Legend Vaughn Wiester

Scioto Country Club, buffet brunch,  12PM-2PM.   $45 p/p gratuity included. Reservations & payment due Wednesday, November 8.


ESU-Columbus is thrilled to have jazz legend, Vaugh Wiester, as our guest speaker. Vaughn Wiester's "Famous Jazz Orchestra" is made up of 22 very talented professional musicians that have come together every Monday evening on a semi-informal basis for the last twenty (20) years to share their love of  their music by "reading" the best Big Band Charts from the last 50 years.

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ESU-Columbus Annual Meeting and Antiques Appraisal Show

Have you ever wondered what your treasured belongings may be worth? On May 21 at the Scioto Country Club, our members and guests learned that and more at our Annual Meeting. Our special guest was Garth's Auctioneers and Appraisers, the state's oldest premier auction house. The event kicked-off with a half hour lecture titled "Family Heirlooms & Fabulous Finds: How to Tell Your Treasure From Trash" by Garth's President, Amelia Jeffers. The talk explored buying and selling antiques, managing personal collections and preserving our cultural history. 

 

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The Cycle of the Garden: Spring and Summer

The cycle of the garden is the cycle of life.  On April 9, 2017 we explored that cycle with Debra Knapke; celebrity horticulturist, author, garden designer, lecturer, teacher, and advisor. A garden's mood and rhythm is a reflection of our lives ...when we stop and notice it.  It becomes part of us when we observe and record what we have done and what Mother Nature has done. Travel Spring and Summer with Debra and observe the unfolding of the garden and explore how we interact as caretakers of the earth. Debra has served on the executive committee of the Garden Club of the Columbus Museum of Art, The Kelton House advisory committee, The Friends of the Ohio Governor's Residence and Heritage Garden, and is a frequent guest speaker on WOSU's Allsides with Ann Fisher. 

 

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COLUMBUS TEEN COMPETES IN 34th ANNUAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITON IN NEW YORK CITY

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Clara Livingston  from Columbus, OH, a student of Janetta Davis at Columbus School for Girls in Bexley, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th  annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Clara previously won the ESU Columbus Branch competition.

This winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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