News And Events

News And Events

The Crossing of the Dan

October 28, 2014
An Evening with Dr. Henry P. Williams, III
presenting "The Crossing of the Dan"
Greensboro Country Club Ballroom

The Greensboro Branch ESU collaborated with local chapters of Sons of the American Revolution, to host "An Evening with Dr. Henry P. Williams, III (Phil), presenting "The Crossing of the Dan." The program began with Dr. Williams setting the stage for the confrontation at the Dan River between Charles, Lord Cornwallis, and General Nathanael Greene, followed by the showing of a 21 minute professional documentary showcasing Greene as a masterful military strategist snatching "victory from the jaws of retreat." Dr. Williams, resplendent in an authentic reproduction uniform of his ancestor's regiment, delighted the crowd with his wit and humor. Phil is a member and past Viginia State President of the Sons of the American Revolution and an ESUUS National Board member.

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Midicine's Michelangelo: The Life & Art of Frank H. Netter, MD

November 16, 2014
Luncheon Program Presented by Francine Netter Roberson
Starmount Forest Country Club

On November 16, 2014 the ESU Greensboro Branch welcomed as our luncheon program speaker, Francine Netter Roberson, author of the book, "Medicine's Michelangelo", a biography of her famous father, Dr. Frank Netter. Frank Netter was a doctor and an author whose award-winning "Atlas of Human Anatomy" remains today the best-selling illustrated anatomy atlas in the English language. Frank Netter worked with the medical giants of his day illustrating the first open-heart surgical operations and the first organ transplants. CIBA Pharmaceutical Company and its successor CIBA-GEIGY (now Novartis) sponsored his drawings for over 50 years. Francine's mother, also a medical doctor, grew up in Greensboro. Francine is President of the ESU Research Triangle Branch.

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The Inimitable Winston Churchill

January 13, 2015
Dinner Program Presentation
by Dr. Elliot Engel
Greensboro Country Club

Our first event for the 2015 year was a dinner program on January 13th at the Greensboro Country CLub featuring Dr. Elliot Engel. Professor Engel's presentation showcased "The Inimitable Winston Churchill", who, despite experiencing a lifetime of personal failures and setbacks, persevered to become Prime Minister of England at age 62 with the outbreak of World War II. Perhaps Churchill had taken the advice of the outspoken Fritz Reiner who said, "Watch out for emergencies. They are your big chance."

Dr. Engel is an outstanding and engaging speaker and his presentation drew prolonged applause and many favorable comments. More than 70 people were in attendance despite the prediction of icy roads for the evening.

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Mardi Gras Dinner and Silent Auction

February 6, 2015
Home of Mary Gay and Don Brady

A perennial favorite with our membership is our "Mardi Gras Covered Dish Dinner and Silent Auction" traditionally held in the private home of one of our Greensboro Branch members. The 2015 event was held on Friday, February 6th at the beautiful home of Mary Gay and Don Brady, our gracious hosts. It was a festive affair with many delicious dishes prepared by our members and a "King's Cake" for dessert. Revelers bid on silent auction items brought by branch members. Funds raised at this event help sponsor our BUSS Scholarships and our Shakespeare Competition.

Our 2014 Shakespeare Competition winner, Calliope George, was our guest for the evening and shared with us recollections of her trip to New York to participate in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition. At the requests of the partygoers, Calliope repeated the soliloquy she had chosen for the Competition. She graciously performed twice so that everyone in the overflow crowd could hear her. She was rewarded with standing ovations.

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A Tartan Evening

Give up your Ptolemy: Shakespeare in the Age of Discovery

Give up your Ptolemy:
Shakespeare in the Age of Discovery

The Bard and the Father of Modern Science. They were the superstars of their day. Literal Renaissance men whose words and ideas continue to shape our views on art and the universe.

Join UNCG in a year-long celebration of William Shakespeare and Galileo Galilei on the 450th anniversary of their births. Explore the connection between art and science, beauty and truth, with "The Globe and the Cosmos."

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A Message from the Greensboro Branch President

Dear Members and Friends:

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Greensboro Branch of the English Speaking Union, I am pleased to welcome you to our website. We are a non-profit, non-political membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. We sponsor and organize educational and cultural programs for students and teachers as well as provide lectures, social events and travel opportunities for our members. Other benefits for branch members include membership privileges at ESU National Headquarters in New York City and at the ESU of the Commonwealth Headquarters in London. The Greensboro Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a global network of ESUs promoting educational opportunities in over 50 countries around the world.

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The English-Speaking Union

Greensboro Branch

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.