News And Events
Place your bid in the Centennial Auction!
In conjunction with the 100 Years, 100 Stories project, we are pleased to announce the Centennial Auction, which features unique and timeless objects from across Royal and ESU history.
Precious items, such as this framed handwritten letter from Winston Churchill are available.
To place a bid, simply click on any object. Once you've clicked into an object, you will see an individual page has opened with the object image and description. On this page, fill in the information fields listed to the right hand side of the image. Once your information is listed, select "Submit Bid". If you have any questions or technical issues, please reach out to us at Stories@esuus.org
Our centennial celebrations will culminate on June 24th at 5pm EST in Celebrating Centennial Stories: An evening of Storytelling! During this special event we'll be unveiling our new virtual time capsule website, which compiles all submitted ESU stories to the 100 Years, 100 Stories Project.
The 100 Years, 100 Stories project serves as a snapshot of the impact and achievements made by the ESU's members, volunteers, students, tutors, and anyone ever touched by ESU's programming over the past 100 years.
The event will feature an exclusive performance by the Oxford Philharmonic, and spotlight the winners of the 'Outstanding Story' Award. We will also be joined by some very special guests, who will be speaking about their enriching relationship with the ESU. We hope to see you there!
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Announcing the winners of the 38th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition
April 26th, 2021 - New York City: Adapting to the ever changing circumstances brought on by the global pandemic, ESU hosted the 38th annual National Shakespeare Competition virtually for the second time ever.
This year's competition utilized Zoom, YouTube, text-to-vote, among other virtual technologies to bring the competition alive. The virtual platform enabled hundreds of students, schools, and spectators alike to tune in across the world. We are proud to announce the winners of the year's competition:
Delilah Delgado of the ESU San Diego Branch won 1st Place with her quick witted and thorough renditions of Pheobe from As Your Like It, and Sonnet 62.
Her teacher, Samantha Howard of the Bishop's School will receive the $1000 Teacher Recognition Award, being the second such award recipient, since the award's founding last year.
Anna Sheehan of the ESU Boston Branch took 2nd Place. Her teacher, Barbara Whitlock of Montrose School will receive the $500 Teacher Recognition Award.
Samuel Christian of the ESU Los Angeles Branch won 3rd place. His teacher, Elizabeth Dennehy of Los Angeles County High School for the Arts will receive the $250 Teacher Recognition Award.
The second annual People's Choice Award was won by Spencer Morvillo of the Monmouth County Branch, student of Smita Ganatra at Glen Ridge High School received 487 votes.
Over 6,000 people voted from around the world, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ghana, and China, expanding the competition's community despite the pandemic.
To read more about our winners, finalists, esteemed judges, and this year's competition, please download the full press release here.
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ESU Happy Hour Series
Friday, May 21 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM (EDT)
Storied & Scandalous Kansas City - A History of Corruption, Mischief, and a Whole lot of Booze
Our final Season 2 Happy Hour guest speaker is author and publisher Karla Deel. Her book, "Storied & Scandalous Kansas City—A History of Corruption, Mischief and a Whole Lot of Booze," is an in-depth account of how Kansas City operated in its early days with mobsters, bootleggers, madams, political bosses, and raucous entertainers who truly brought the party to the plains even during Prohibition. When the ESU Kansas City Branch was founded in 1920, Kansas City was one notorious and scandal-ridden town. Karla will tell the storied history of Kansas City—the Paris of the Plains. You'll witness the best parades, the wackiest costumes, and the wildest scams. Kansas City's sordid underbelly is full of surprises sure to delight and entice—the odd, macabre, and delightful. Don't miss this behind-the-scenes look at Kansas City in its early days. Karla Deel lives and works as a writer, poet, researcher and freelancer in Kansas City, Mo. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Media Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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In Memory of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
It is with deep respect and admiration that we honor the life and legacy of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth. Prince Philip served as the President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth from 1952 to 2011, during which time the English-Speaking Union of the United States had 14 Chairmen serve the joint purpose and pursuits of the organization.
Prince Philip toasting the Queen at the Waldorf Astoria, New York, next to Lewis Douglas (Chairman of ESU from 1955-1959), and Arthur H. Dean (Chairman of ESU from 1959-1961)
Prince Philip was a dedicated leader of the organization. He is credited with founding the Public Speaking Competition, a program which hosts participants from the English-Speaking Union of the United States at the Commonwealth headquarters, Dartmouth House, each year, in what is now the largest such competition for schools in England and Wales.
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Happy International Women's Day
The English-Speaking Union of the United States wishes everyone a proud and happy International Women's Day. As an organization, we recognize that women solidify and advocate for our communities both here at the English-Speaking Union, and also across the world.
We believe that the only path to true freedom is one which fosters equity for all people and specifically works to uplift those frequently sequestered to the margin. We are proud to work alongside so many women as we promote global goodwill and scholarship in English language education.
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