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Wrench Lecture: The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile - After the Abdication

Welcome Back to the Refreshed English Speaking Union of the United States National Headquarters in New York City

Hosted by the New York City Branch please join former ESU Exchange Scholar and National Wrench Speaker Andrew Lownie for an interesting talk on The Duke and Duchess of Windsor in Exile - After the Abdication.

144 East 39 Street (bet Lexington and Park) 

Date: September 20, 2023 6 to 8

Reception at 6PM with brief presentation on highlights of ESU activities for 2023-2024 year followed by the lecture and Q&A at 7PM in Garden Lounge. 

Members $25 Non-members or Guest $30 (all proceeds from the event will go to support our Educational Programs in the New York Area.)

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40th Anniversary ESU National Shakespeare Competition Winner

Congratulations to the New York City Branch's own Nicole Beverly Chien, who took third place at the 40th Anniversary ESU National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City on April 24, 2023. Nicole, a student of John Anderson at the Rudolph Steiner School, was one of forty-one semi-finalists who came from all over the country, along with parents, branch coordinators, teachers and supporters for this exciting weekend-long event.


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Gala 2022

Host a virtual Gala watch party with your local ESU Branch!

If you or your Branch would like to register for virtual access, we encourage you to do so. Branches that opt for virtual access can submit a greeting that will be played for all attendees during the gala.

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Join us at the 2022 Annual Conference in Charleston, South Carolina

The English-Speaking Union welcomes its members to Charleston, South Carolina, for the 2022 ESU Annual Conference. The conference, under the theme of "Setting the Stage for Growth," will cover diverse and enriching approaches for organizational growth in the ESU's second century of programming. The conference program will include the ESU 2022 Annual General Meeting, social events, including receptions and meals, breakout sessions, panel discussions, and local tours. We invite you to partake in the camaraderie and help us to advance our programs that support teachers, students, and recent immigrants.

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NYC Student named winner of the 39th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

12 finalists were brought together virtually for the 39th annual National Shakespeare Competition, making it the third-ever virtual competition in the program's history. People from across the country came together on Monday, April 25th on Zoom to watch as the 12 finalists performed for 5 judges. The virtual competition utilized various technologies across multiple platforms, including Zoom, Youtube, and text-to-vote, all of which enabled thousands of engagements, and hundreds of viewers from across the globe.

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Sasha Fedderly of the ESU New York City Branch won 1st Place with her captivating and thoughtful renditions of Lady MacBeth from MacBeth and Sonnet 35. Sasha has won attendance at the BADA Midsummer Conservatory Program in Oxford, England this summer (Midsummer Conservatory Program – BADA).. Her teacher, Margaret George at Lycee Francais de New York High School will receive the $1000 Teacher Recognition Award.

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