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The Branch Scholars speak about their experiences this summer in the UK!

On Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 3.00 p.m. in the Kirby Arts Center of the Lawrenceville School our three British University Summer School Scholars will speak about their experiences in the United Kingdom this summer.

Matthew Campbell of Lawrenceville School went to the Globe Theatre in London, Cheryl Chambliss from Allentown High School, NJ studied Modernism or Contemporary Literature at Edinburgh University and Margaret McDonald from Holmdel High School in NJ studied Contemporary Literature Theater and Performance also at Edinburgh University. In the past the teacher's experiences have been fascinating and we realize how life changing these Scholarships are for them. The ESU is the ONLY organization in the US who offers such Scholarships!

 

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Becoming the Beatles

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Professor David Venturo

On Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 3.00 p.m. in the Kirby Arts Center at the Lawrenceville School, Professor David Venturo will trace the early musical influences on the Fab Four. Professor Venturo is a Professor of English at the College of New Jersey and holds a Ph.D from Harvard University. He writes and teaches about British Literature from 1600 - 1850, baseball and American culture and the Beatles and pop culture. When asked why he teaches the popular "The Beatles and their World" course at the College level, Professor Venturo stated that the Beatles offer a window into the 1960's, the most dynamic, complicated and controversial decade of the last century. 

 

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Jane Austen: Miracle of Means and Ends

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, at 3.00 p.m. at the Kirby Arts Center at the Lawrenceville School, Professor Anne Waldron Neumann will examine "Pride and Prejudice" for clues as to why Jane Austen fascinates devoted readers and scholars alike. Professor Neumann writes both fiction and non-fiction and has a Ph.D from Johns Hopkins. She has taught English at Johns Hopkins, Ohio State University and Melbourne University in Australia where she lived for 7 years. Selected works include "Should You Read Shakespeare?", "Literature, Pop Culture and Morality" as well as "Reading and Writing with Jane Austen" - a handbook for fiction writers and "Jane Austen: Writing Teacher". Professor Neumann currently lives in Princeton where she teaches creative writing and to add to her considerable talents she is a practiced storyteller.

 

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Annual New Year's party

On Monday, January 2, 2017 (a holiday as New Year's Day is on a Sunday!) the Branch will hold its Annual New Year's party. Our party is always fun and there is plenty of food and drink for all to enjoy. Details of time and venue will be provided to members nearer the date .

 

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The Real World of Sherlock Holmes

On Sunday, January 15 2017, at 3.00 p.m. at the Kirby Arts Center at The Lawrenceville School Professor B.J. Rahn, an expert on British Crime fiction will explain how Conan Doyle's stories tell us about crime and detection in the Victorian era. Professor Rahn formerly taught English at Hunter College in New York and she has been teaching, researching and writing about crime fiction for over two decades. She also gives courses at the Renaissance Academy in Naples, Florida. Her works include "The Armchair Detective" and "The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writers". Professor Rahn leads walking tours focusing on various stories of crime and mystery writers such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Canon Doyle, Dorothy L. Sayers in the UK and Edgar Allen Poe, amongst others, in the USA.

 

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