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TEENAGER FROM QUEENS, NY WINS NATIONAL SHAKESPEARE COMPETITION

Xavier Pacheco from Corona, New York won first prize at the 30th season of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition.  The Competition was held for 58 winners of ESU Branch competitions nationwide.  For placing first at the national competition, Xavier will attend the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School in London, England.

The runner up of the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Anna Bortnick, representing the Boston Branch of the ESU, won a full scholarship including travel to the American Shakespeare Center's Theatre Camp in Staunton, Virginia.  Third place winner, Henry Ayres-Brown, representing the Greenwich Branch of the ESU, won $500 from the Shakespeare Society.

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ESU Sponsored Debaters Win National Tournament

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Hunter College middle school debate teams, members of the New York Debate League, won the top awards at the Middle School Public Debate Program National Championship Tournament on April 20th in Claremont, CA.  The New York Debate League, sponsored by the ESU, participates in the Claremont McKenna Middle School Public Debate Program, which hosted the national tournament.

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The Baroness Thatcher and the ESU

The English-Speaking Union of the United States notes with sadness the death of The Baroness Thatcher.  Lady Thatcher was a good friend to The English-Speaking Union because, as she said,

"I am a staunch believer in the English-Speaking Union and the ideals for which it stands.  There is simply no other group that does the same good work in bringing together the English-speaking peoples." 

Her connection to The English-Speaking Union of the United States began in the 1960s when, as a young back bencher she made a tour of several American ESU Branches.  Her tour included the Houston Branch where she met for the first time and was introduced at the dinner by George H.W. Bush.  She would remark later that that early tour helped form her impression of America and its people.

She served as Vice-President of The English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth from 1975 – 1990.

Lady Thatcher with ESU BUSS, EiA, & Shakespeare Scholars & students

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ESU Launches New Immigrant Center

The English-Speaking Union of the United States announces the launch of the Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center, a program committed to improving the lives of recent immigrants.  Named for Andrew Romay, program visionary and benefactor, the New Immigrant Center is committed to providing a welcoming environment, resources and information to help Center members improve their English, explore work and study opportunities, network, pursue citizenship, and acquire cultural fluency in order to participate fully in American society.  Major funding is also provided by the Foundation to Promote Open Society.

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Howard University Student Awarded Luard Morse Scholarship for Semester in the UK

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Angel Rogers, a Biology Major at Howard University in Washington, D.C., has been awarded the English-Speaking Union Luard Morse Scholarship.  The merit-based scholarship provides full tuition for a semester abroad at an English University to deserving students attending United Negro College Fund institutions, or Hampton and Howard Universities.

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English in Action Announces Winner of Marcella Frank Merit Scholarship

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English in Action student Clara Lobato is the recipient of the second Marcella Frank Merit Scholarship. This scholarship is named in memory of the unit director who brought English in Action to New York University and led that unit for many years. Recipients are selected for their seriousness of purpose and their dedication to the program.

Clara is from Mexico. She joined English in Action in 2011 and has been studiously improving her English ever since. The scholarship will enable her to extend her registration for an extra year. Congratulations, Clara!

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2012-13 Evelyn Wrench Speaker Tours Launch in New York City

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ESU President & Executive Director Alice Boyne greets Evelyn Wrench Speaker Roger Pringle, watched over by the smiling portrait of Sir Evelyn

This fall, the ESU hosted the inaugural lectures of two Wrench speakers at our Headquarters in New York City: Roger Pringle, Director Emeritus of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and Lord Ian Strathcarron, author of Innocence and War: Mark Twain's Holy Land Revisited.

Named in honor of the English-Speaking Union's founder, the Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program sends eight eminent British and American speakers across the country each year to the ESU Branches who host their presentations. 

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ESU 2012 Annual General Meeting Broadcast as Video Webinar

The ESU Annual General Meeting on October 27, 2012 was held for the first time as a webinar with video interface broadcast via the internet.  Available for viewing by all members with computer and internet access, the new meeting format was intended to broaden access to many members including those who do not attend the traditional weekend ESU annual conferences, hosted by Branches in a different cities across the country.  The webinar AGM will serve as a model to facilitate more frequent and low cost committee and Branch leader meetings in the future.  The on-screen format of the meeting provided a live video window showing the speaker in addition to a larger window showing illustrations of the programs or documents being discussed.

To read a full report of the AGM: Click Here

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ESU Scholarship Renamed to Honor Dr. Laurence Morse, Luard Scholar and Benefactor

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ESU Chair Patricia Schroeder and Laurence C. Morse

In recognition of the leadership and support of Laurence C. Morse, PhD, the English-Speaking Union has renamed the Lucy Dalbiac Luard Scholarship as the Luard Morse Scholarship.  While a student at Howard University, Dr. Morse won the 1971-72 Luard Scholar to attend the London School of Economics.

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Teachers Benefit from the Summer 2012 Shakespeare Set Free Institutes

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More than 200 secondary school English and drama teachers are headed back to their classrooms energized and enriched with new methods for teaching Shakespeare to their students.  They learned these at the Shakespeare Set Free Institutes, two-day professional development courses offered by the English-Speaking Union and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  The program combines scholarship, performance and pedagogy with an emphasis on performance-based teaching.

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