ESU Richmond Branch


The Richmond branch of the English-Speaking Union is proud to be an active member of the ESU nationally and internationally, offering stimulating programs to its members and educational scholarships and support to the community through the TLab-UK program and sponsorship of Richmond Shakespeare's Annual "Bardathon" for local high school students.

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News And Events


Charlottesville Branch is sponsoring a Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit and Reception on October 11 

The ESU Charlottesville Branch is sponsoring a "Shakespeare First Folio Exhibit and Reception" on October 11 at the UVA Special Collections Library. Reservations must be received by August 31. Due to space considerations at the library, this event is limited to the first 75 respondents, ESU members and nonmember spouses only. A reservation form accompanies this information.

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Schedule of Events for 2017-18

Sunday, September 17
Virginia House tour and New Member and Windsor Farms Reception
Virginia House

Saturday, September 30
Westover Church Autumn Pilgrimage and Tour of James River Plantations, lunch at Upper Shirley Vineyards
An "add-on" event, no coordination except the reservation for lunch.

Tuesday, October 24
Unintended Consequences: How The Balfour Declaration Set Up Today's Middle East Conflict
Terry Mulchahey
Virginia House

Sunday, October 15
"Much Ado About Nothing"
American Shakespeare Center Staunton, VA
An "add-on" event, no coordination except the reservation for lunch

Sunday, November 12
William Waldrof Astor: From American Tycoon to English Lord

Curt DiCamillo, is a noted architectural historian and has just published a new book about WW Astor and his houses, particularly Villa Astor in Sorrento which Astor restored.

Sunday, February 25
Virginia Native Americans and the English
Chiefs of Three Virginia Native American Nations Panel
Virginia House

Presentation from the 2017 TLab Scholars

Thursday, April 12
Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life
Sally Bedell Smith
Includes book signing and possible formal dinner
Location to be announced

Presentation: subject TBD
Oliver Everett

Annual General Meeting and Garden Party


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The Rest of Europe and the Question of Brexit

On April 17th, the Richmond ESU will welcome  Dr. John D. Treadway, Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Richmond for a lecture that will provide some background and context for the upcoming June 23 British referendum on whether to stay in or exit the European Union. The program will be at the University of Richmond in the International Center Commons located in the Weinstein International Center, beginning at 3:00 p.m. 

Professor Treadway is a historian of modern Europe, specializing in Germanic Europe and the Balkans.  He has taught at the University of Richmond since 1980 and is a five-time recipient of the University's Distinguished Educator Award.  The author of The Falcon and the Eagle: Montenegro and Austria-Hungary, 1908-1914, among other publications, he frequently serves as a historical consultant to the US Departments of State and Defense, and as the on-site supervisor of the University's summer study program in Berlin.


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BUSS Scholar Presentations

The Richmond Branch had their BUSS Scholar Presentations from the 2015 scholars which the 2016 winners attended. They are pictured with some of the committee including Chair, Matt Cheek and Branch President, Susan Campbell. Dennis Halloran is also on the committee and in the picture -  a past President of the branch.  The scholars are:

Carver Weakley (2015, Cosby High School, Edinburgh)
Laura Ramsay (2016, John Marshall High School, Globe)
Jaclyn Clark (2016, Cosby High School, Oxford)
Monica Vroomen (2015, Longwood University, Oxford)


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Dinner for Russian Bardathon Participants

A dinner was hosted for Russian students from St. Petersburg who came to participate in the Bardathon. Their host families and the Richmond Branch Board were also invited to the dinner. The four students were brought over by their teacher, Tatyana A. Bogdanova,  and one of her assistant teachers.


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