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Area High School Students Celebrate 400 Years of Shakespeare!

The Syracuse Branch is joining the English-Speaking Union's worldwide celebration of Shakespeare's 400-year legacy by holding its twenty-eighth annual Shakespeare Competition.  The event occurs on Saturday, March 5 from 9:00 AM until noon at Archbold Theatre of Syracuse Stage.  It is made possible by the generous support of The Allyn Foundation and The Richard Mather Fund and by the members of ESU's Syracuse Branch.


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Shakespeare came alive in Syracuse on November 13!

Under the enthusiastic guidance of Folger Master Teacher Michael Klein and in the dramatic ambiance of LeMoyne College's Performing Arts Center, twenty-seven high school English teachers became performers in the teaching of Shakespeare.

Oh, the fun!  Initially, Mike, using passages from eight Shakespearean plays and from other literature as well, set the stage for each of ten strategies.  Small groups of teachers would then develop a plan using that technique for a scene and then act out that plan, thereby creating a model that they could take to their classrooms. 


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Shakespeare Is Alive and Well in Central New York!

"Shakespeare 400" marks the year-long international celebration of William Shakespeare's legacy (1616-2016), and ESU's Syracuse Branch is participating with two major events.

A Shakespeare Teacher Workshop takes place Friday, November 13, at LeMoyne College.  Made possible through the cooperative efforts of ESU and The Folger Shakespeare Library, the day-long program is available to area high school English teachers and features Michael Klein, Master Teacher from The Folger Shakespeare Library.  Registration is online at  JoAnn Wallace can answer local questions at


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Libraries in the Digital Age

September 12, 2015

Major renovations to the Central Library at the Galleries in Syracuse reflect the speed with which evolving technology and societal changes create needs that educational facilities are rushing to fill. Presented by, Susan Mitchell, Executive Director, Onondaga Public Library System.


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Challenges to Higher Education

October 10, 2015

Linda LaMura,President of LeMoyne College, is the first female lay president of Jesuit Higher Education anywhere in the world. She faces more hurdles than the traditional university don, but tackles them head on with faith, commitment, and energy.


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