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Eighteen Minutes That Changed the World - The Sinking of the Lusitania

The English Speaking Union
cordially invites you to a talk by 

Diana Preston

Monday, May 4, 2015,
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City 
Talk begins promptly at 6:30 PM 

The Cunard liner Lusitania sailed from New York on May 1, 1915 to be sunk by a German submarine without warning six days later. This attack on civilians during the first year of the First World War provoked international condemnation. The heavy loss of life - including 120 of the 200 citizens of the still neutral United States on board - became a major factor in America's entry into the war in the spring of 1917. This is a story of personal tragedy on the scale of "Titanic" but also a geo-political tale with special resonance in the year we mark the centenary of the outbreak of the 'war to end all wars.'

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2015 British University Summer School Scholarships Awarded

Stephen Weber, Lorraine Prout and Grace "Sid" Ray

ESU New York awarded BUSS Scholarships for Summer 2015 to two talented New York City teachers. Stephen Weber, English Department Chair and teacher at Pace High School in Manhattan, hopes to use his full scholarship to attend Teaching Shakespeare Through Performance at Shakespeare's Globe in London. Lorraine Prout, from Archimedes Academy in the Bronx, received a partial scholarship and looks forward to studying Creative Writing at the University of Edinburgh.  


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2015 Shakespeare Competition Results

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Left to Right: Amari Leigh; Willington Vuelto; Alexander Kestenbaum

Willington Vuelto, a student of Gabriel Silva at Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in Manhattan, won the 2015 English-Speaking Union New York Branch Shakespeare Competition.  Alexander Kestenbaum from SAR High School in the Bronx placed 2nd, and Amari Leigh from Hunter College High School in Manhattan placed 3rd. Congratulations to all the students who participated this year, and many thanks to their teachers and schools!  Please click below to read the full story.


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Shakespeare Competition Finalists

The semi-finals of the 2015 ESU New York Branch Shakespeare Competition were held this week at the New York Public LibraryThe judges selected twelve high school students to advance to the finals (scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th at The Morgan Library & Museum). For a list of finalists, please click below to read the full story. 


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Brunel - The Man who Changed the World

Hear a talk by 

Robert Hulse

Monday, April 13, 2015,
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City 
Talk begins promptly at 6:30 PM 

The Victorians' favorite word for machines and engineering was 'promethean' and the adjective suggests gigantic, world changing, world shocking design. Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859) was the quintessential promethean engineer who changed the world. His first project, London's Thames Tunnel, is the birthplace of urban transport. It was the eighth wonder of the world to the Victorians. His last project, the SS Great Eastern, changed trade and the shape of the world. People lined Manhattan fifty deep to see the first modern ocean liner come up the river in 1860. Robert Hulse will examine Brunel as visionary engineer, showman and world changer. Of Isambard Brunel, BBC broadcaster Jeremy Clarkson explained, 'Brunel built Britain, and Britain built the world, which means Brunel built the world'.

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