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News And Events

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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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'.

For more information and for online registration click here. 

Click here for the mail-in registration form. 

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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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Special Presentation by Carol Wallace: To Marry an English Lord

Event  is Sold Out!

The Carol Wallace Talk is Sold Out.  We are no longer accepting registrations or selling tickets.  We will not be able to accommodate those who come without a prior registration or who have not purchased tickets in advance.

Carol Wallace
Co-author of the highly acclaimed book
To Marry an English Lord

The Inspiration for Julian Fellowes'
Downton Abbey

Thursday, January 8, 2015
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City

When Julian Fellowes was approached to create the now world-acclaimed TV series Downton Abbey, he was reading Gail MacColl and Carol Wallace's book, which he called "a marvelous and entertaining study of the American girls who came over to England, mostly between 1890 and 1914, to marry into the British aristocracy." To Marry an English Lord, which was first published in 1989 and has been reissued for Downton Abbey fans, explores both the glamour and the misfortune that greeted some 100+ newly-minted American heiresses who,  having been snubbed by the Social Register, invaded Great Britain to swap dollars for titles.

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Free Sonnet Workshop for Teachers

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We invite NYC area high school teachers to join us for a free interactive workshop on Shakespeare's sonnets and beyond (January 14th from 4:00-6:00 pm at The Morgan Library & Museum). Space is limited.  Register by January 12th. This program is offered in partnership with The Morgan Library & Museum and Teachers & Writers Collaborative (Poetry Out Loud). 

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ESU New York to award BUSS Scholarship

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SUMMER STUDY 2015 in the United Kingdom

The ESU New York will award one scholarship to an instructor of English, humanities, drama, or history to engage in three weeks of formal study in the British Universities Summer Schools Program at the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh and Shakespeare's Globe in London.  The scholarship will cover airfare from New York City, tuition, and most meals.

The ESU BUSS Scholarship is made possible through the generous contributions of its members.

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Schools: Sign-Up for the 2015 Shakespeare Competition By Dec. 15

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We invited schools serving Grades 9-12 in the New York City area (including Westchester and Long Island) to participate in the 2015 Shakespeare Competition. In this free program, high school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in as many as three qualifying stages: school, community (ESU Branch) and national levels. To sign-up your school, please complete the 2015 School Participation Form by December 15th.

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Free Workshop for NYC Area Competition Teachers

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We invite NYC area high school teachers to join us for a free interactive workshop on the Shakespeare Competition on Monday, November 17th from 4:00-6:00 PM at the English-Speaking Union in Manhattan (144 East 39th Street).  Space is limited.  Register by November 14th.

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ESU New York Branch Elects New President

Outgoing President mark Stollar (left) congratulations Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill MBE on his election as the new President of the New York Branch.  For background on Dr. Beresford-Hill MBE, click here.


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