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Isambard Kingdom Brunel: A Victorian Frank Lloyd Wright

ESU 2016 Evelyn Wrench Speaker

"Isambard Kingdom Brunel:  A Victorian Frank Lloyd Wright"

Sunday, May 1, 2016
Cocktails  - 12:30     Lunch - 1:00
Program & speaker to follow

$35 per member - $40 per guest
Cash Bar    Guests welcome

Robert Hulse, MA, is Director of London's Brunel Museum, housed in Brunel's original Thames Tunnel engine house, and winner of The Queen's Award in 2010. National ESU Evelyn Wrench Speaker selected to tour Region VI, he is co-author of The Brunels' Tunnel, with a foreword by Michael Palin. Mr. Hulse has worked in education and museums for 20 years. He has taught at London University and City University; lectured at Chiba University, Tokyo, the Royal Institution of Great Britain and Tel Aviv University. He worked with the Greater London Authority to organize the first public walks through the Thames Tunnel in 145 years. He is now working with Brunel Museum Trustees to build a visitor center in Brunel's Grand Entrance Hall. The museum was recently awarded the Freedom of the Ancient Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey, thus bestowing on Mr. Hulse twin rare privileges: he is now permitted access to any of the river-steps of the Thames… and may drive sheep across London Bridge.


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What Are Garter and Lyon Up to Now?

Brian Abel Ragen, PhD

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00
Program & speaker to follow

$35 per member ~ $40 per guest
Cash Bar  Guests welcome

Brian Abel Ragen is Emeritus Professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, where he taught for two decades. He is a graduate of Pomona College in Claremont, California, and holds a Ph.D from Princeton University. He was editor of the scholarly journal Paper on Language on Literature and is the author of bonks on Flannery O'Connor and Tom Wolfe, as well as articles on subjects that range from biblical allusions in Chaucer to the revision of traditional hymns in modern hymnals. His interests in heraldry and chivalry are both scholarly and professional. The journal Semiotics published a major article on heraldry by Ragen, and he won the American Heraldry's Society's award for the best heraldic design of 2009. He is a Knight of Justice of the Most Venerable Order of St.John and has been granted arms by the College of Arms.


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                   Peter Horton, M.D.

Private Education in England: Facts, fiction, myths and legends 

(or my experience of life at Repton School)

Sunday, February 28, 2016
Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00
$35 members  ~  $40 guests
Cash Bar  ~  Guests welcome 


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St. Louis Shakespeare Contest 2016

The St. Louis ESU Branch's Annual Shakespeare competition took place Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. The winning students are

  • First place: Hannah Ryan from Clayton High School
  • Second place: Thomas Horton from Thomas Jefferson School
  • Third place: Rhiannon Skye Creighton from Mehlville High School


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"From Upstart to Icon: Shakespeare at 400"

University of Missouri St. Louis    


 "From Upstart to Icon: Shakespeare at 400"
Sunday, January 31, 2016

 Cocktails ~ 12:30   Lunch ~ 1:00
$35 members  ~  $40 guests
Cash Bar  ~  Guests welcome

Kurt Schreyer, Associate Professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis, teaches courses on Shakespeare and early English drama. He received his MA at the University of Notre Dame and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. His interests extend to a wide variety of genres and texts — across the traditional medieval/Renaissance disciplinary divide, from Chaucer to Milton, and from epic and romance to devotional lyric.  In his teaching, he stimulates student curiosity by underscoring the historical, cultural, and linguistic differences between pre-modern England and our own society. His recently published book, Shakespeare's Medieval Craft: Remnants of the Mysteries on the London Stage (Cornell University Press), demonstrates the central importance of various theatrical practices from pre-Reformation religious drama to Shakespeare's stagecraft.


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