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ESU Happy Hour Series

Wednesday, July 28 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT)
Most of Frederic W. Schwartz, Jr.'s Seven Ages of Membership in The English-Speaking Union, with apologies to Wm. Shakespeare
Frederic Schwartz

Frederic W. Schwartz, Jr. was invited in 1964 to join the Providence Branch of The English-Speaking Union after he returned from an idyllic summer at Balliol reading metaphysical poetry under the tutelage of a great-great-great cousin of William Wordsworth and drinking too much sherry. Never having been invited to join anything previously, he accepted. When he went off to law school in Boston (unfortunately not Cambridge) he became a member of the infamous Boston Branch (you'll find out why) and often frequented its townhouse. After law school he joined the Government and the Washington Branch almost simultaneously, and served as President for two terms (the Branch, not the United States). He was also tasked with inventing and organizing events meant to garner press attention (like The English-Speaking Union Regatta on the Potomac for Canoes) and more substantive programs, many of which will be revealed during his presentation. 

He still drinks too much Sherry, and that is the libation required for this jolly hour.

 

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2021 Middle School Debate Championship

In the spirit of debate, the ESU New York Debate League welcomed schools from across the country to engage in five robust virtual debate tournaments during the 2020/2021 Middle School Debate season. The championship took place on May 8th and 9th via Zoom.

After breaking past regional competitions, the remaining challengers debated The two party system is bad for American Democracy during the semi-final round, with both The Dalton School in NYC and Blessed Sacrament School in Washington, DC advancing to the final round.

Scrupulously debating the topic The US should not develop or use lethal autonomous weapons both finalist teams from The Dalton School in NYC and Blessed Sacrament School in Washington, DC thoughtfully crafted compelling arguments.

 
Ultimately, students from The Dalton School, Aminata Diallo, Arav Mehta, and Cole Corper were led by coach Evan Streams to victory.
 
 


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2021 ARNIC Graduation

On June 17, 2021, we proudly hosted our first-ever virtual ARNIC Graduation ceremony.

This ceremony was dedicated to both the 2020 and 2021 graduates, who despite all circumstances, successfully completed the ESU ARNIC English Language Program. We congratulate each and every one of our graduates.

Join us in commemorating the achievement of over 300 graduates, by watching the recording of this joyous celebration. 

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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.


  

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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. 

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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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