Updates from the English-Speaking Union

ESU 2024 Patron Trip: A Private View of Italy

Founded by art historian Count Stefano Aluffi-Pentini in 1996, A Private View of Italy encourages guests to appreciate the life of historic palaces and villas, and allows them to discover the inaccessible treasures that are hidden behind closed doors. Through the centuries the Italian aristocracy has preserved their residences, which were designed by architects such as Raphael, Palladio, and Bernini. Thanks to Count Stefano Aluffi-Pentini’s trusted interactions and long-time friendships with the families owning these residences, our group will be welcomed in extraordinary places, often by the homeowners themselves.

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Annual Conference 2023

The ESU 2023 General Conference, themed “Blueprint for Growth: Unity of Purpose” took place in in Kansas City, MO, from October 20 to 22, 2023. Our gracious host, the Kansas City Branch, deserves all the credit for the success of the event. Special thanks go to Branch President Ben Martin, former ESU National Board Member and former Kansas City Branch President Jeffrey Schnabel, and the volunteers for their hard work to make this conference such a memorable and enriching experience for all participants.

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2024 Luard Morse Scholarship Fundraiser

The English-Speaking Union Luard Morse Scholarship offers a $25,000 grant to an exceptional student from a Historically Black College or University to study at a British University during junior year.

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January 2024 Branch Leadership Town Hall

The ESU National Staff and Branch Leadership convened via Zoom on January 16, 2024 to discuss program updates and new initiatives in the new year.

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