News And Events

News And Events


With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Michael Martinoff  from McMinnville, OR, a student of Bethany Mason at McMinnville High School in McMinnville, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Michael previously won the ESU Portland Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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Susan Ferris - National Merit Award Winner

Portland Branch President Susan Ferris receiving National Merit Award from ESU Chairman Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill at National ESU Conference in NYC, October 11, 2015

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Region VIII Meeting Announcement

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Evelyn Wrench Speaker Program - Nicholas Bennett JP

Up Close and Personal with a Member of the British Parliament

22 April 2015 - 6:30 pm Parish Hall- St. Marks Church

In his lecture Mr. Bennett looks at the differences and similarities between the ways in which the US and
British political and governmental systems work, including recent innovations in Britain adopted from
US practice. Mr Bennett looks at the state of the 'Special Relationship' between the US and Britain in the
light of the Obama Administration's declaration of a 'Pacific Presidency', as well as the challenges facing
both countries in tackling government debt and in moving towards disengagement in Afghanistan. 

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Lunch and Speaker

Thursday, March, 26 2015
The Grant House
1101 Officers Row
Vancouver, Washington 
$22.00 (includes gratuity)
(This does not include dessert which you can order on your own, if desired) 

Dr. Wendy Joshnson, Washington Status University, professor of English and Literature. The title of her talk will be "Scandals in American Poetry, Poe, Harper, and Howe." Handouts will be provided.

Please RSVP to Kay Tousley

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Page Scholar

Come to share and evening meal with our 
Page Scholar
Nial Pickering
From Liverpool, England as he talks to us about teaching science and the UK and how he is contrasting it with teaching science in the USA. 

Save this Date!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Saylers Country Kitchen

Contact Kay Tousley
503 282 7953 

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Portland Branch Dinner Meeting

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Speaker Event - Sue Peabody

On January 21, Dr. Sue Peabody, professor of history at Washington State University/Vancouver spoke to Portland, Oregon, ESU members and their guests about slavery in the French colonies.  Dr. Peabody, also associate chair of the history department at WSU/Vancouver explained to her attentive audience that France had an active slave trade but nothing has been written about it.  Her book revolves around the life of a man called Furcy who was enslaved in the Franch Colonies in the 1800's.  The book she's writing while on sabbatical will be translated into French so French Nationals can realize this piece of their history.

The luncheon meeting was held at Ft. Vancouver's restaurant, The Grant House, located on the north side of the Columbia River in Washington State.  U.S. President Ulysses Grant was stationed at Ft. Vancouver early in his military career.

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Concordia University and the English-Speaking Union Bring STARTLING Movie About William Shakespeare, “Last Will and Testament,” to Portland

On Thursday, January 24, 7:00 p.m., at Concordia University's Fine Arts Building's Theatre, the first major documentary movie in 22 years regarding the Shakespeareauthorship question,  "Last Will and Testament," will be previewed.  The documentary is a First Folio Pictures production and the film's directors, Lisa Wilson and Laura Wilson Matthias, will be in attendance.  A question and answer session will be held after the viewing.  Cost of admission is $12.50.  VISA, MC, cash, or check will be accepted.

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A Message from the Portland Branch President

Dear ESU Member or Prospective Member,

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