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The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a network of 70 Branches throughout the country, whose members celebrate English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators and members.  The ESU seeks to nurture and enhance our linguistics heritage through nationally administered programs and outreach.

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News And Events

The English-Speaking Union Announces Partnership with World Book Night

In celebration of Shakespeare's 450th birthday on April 23, 2014, the English-Speaking Union is pleased to announce a series of joint activities with World Book Night U.S, a non-profit campaign to get printed books to light or non-readers.

World Book Night U.S. will provide 1,000 free books to the English-Speaking Union for use in several literacy programs throughout New York City, including several hundred copies of Shakespeare's Sonnets.

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Secondary Teachers Invited to Participate in the 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensives: Romeo and Juliet

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Teachers get up on their feet to learn how to teach Shakespeare.

The English-Speaking Union invites middle and high school educators across the country to celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday this year by participating in the 2014 Shakespeare Teacher Intensives:  Romeo and Juliet.  This partnership program with the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library allows teachers to learn the Folger's easily-adapted methods and receive materials designed to engage their students in the Bard's works.  

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Christopher Broadwell Appointed Executive Director

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Christopher Broadwell has been appointed Executive Director of The English-Speaking Union of the United States effective March 1, 2014.  Mr. Broadwell, who has served as Deputy Director for the past seven years, brings to his new post wide-ranging experience in administration, development, marketing, special events, public relations and promotion.

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Teachers Tackle Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at ESU Workshop

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Collaborating with Shakespeare's Globe and the Folger Shakespeare Library, the ESU drew 32 middle and high school teachers from across the country to see the acclaimed Shakespeare's Globe production of Twelfth Night, currently on Broadway starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry.  Following the Sunday evening performance, the teachers had a private "talk back" with cast members including Matt Harrington, winner of the 1999 ESU National Shakespeare Competition who is the only American in the cast. The participating teachers were invited from among alumnae of the ESU's Shakespeare Set Free Institutes and British University Summer School programs.

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2014 Luard Morse Scholarship Awarded

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Rami Blair, a French major at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, has been named as the recipient of the ESU Luard Morse Scholarship.  The scholarship provides $25,0000 towards a semester of study at an English University during the 2014-2015 academic year.

 "The Luard Morse Scholarship committee is excited about our selection of Rami Blair as the 2014-2015 ESU Luard Morse Scholar.  Rami and the three other finalists represent the highest caliber of liberal arts student leaders that our nation has to offer.  The committee wishes all of the finalists the very best in their future endeavors and is pleased to have Rami join the family of Luard Morse scholars," stated Darrell Hill, member of the ESU Luard Morse Scholarship Committee and ESU National Board.

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