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The Passing of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Evelyn Wrench (left), ESU Founder, with HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with deep sorrow that HM The Queen has announced the death of our former Patron HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle. 

The English-Speaking Union of the United States send our deepest condolences to The Queen and the Royal Family at this very sad time.

H.E. Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE. KSt.J.
Chairman, The English-Speaking Union of the United States


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ESU Happy Hour Series


Wednesday, April 14 from 6:00-7:15 PM (EDT)
Are You Using English Correctly:
The Art of Rhetoric and Prose
Featuring Ward Farnsworth, Interviewed by Roger Stacey

ESU Boston Vice-President Roger Stacey interviews Ward Farnsworth, author of "Classical English Style", on the rhetorical figures that can make words more emphatic, memorable, and effective. This interview will explore the timeless principles of rhetoric from Ancient Greece to the present day, drawing on examples in the English language of consummate masters of prose, such as Lincoln, Churchill, Dickens, Melville, and Burke. 

Ward Farnsworth is Dean and John Jeffers Research Chair at the University of Texas School of Law  and is the author of books on law, philosophy, rhetoric, and chess. 

Currently serving as Vice-President and member of the Board of Directors of The Boston Branch of The English-Speaking Union for over 30 years, Roger Stacey earned his B.A in English from Hamilton College and his M.A.T from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.


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Happy International Women's Day

The English-Speaking Union of the United States wishes everyone a proud and happy International Women's Day. As an organization, we recognize that women solidify and advocate for our communities both here at the English-Speaking Union, and also across the world.

We believe that the only path to true freedom is one which fosters equity for all people and specifically works to uplift those frequently sequestered to the margin. We are proud to work alongside so many women as we promote global goodwill and scholarship in English language education. 


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ESU Chairman's Message

Dear Colleagues, Members & Friends of the English-Speaking Union,
Racism and xenophobia have no place in our society. We stand in solidarity with Asian and Asian-American communities across the country that have been the subject of racially-motivated attacks. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the English-Speaking Union, we reaffirm our commitment to civil dialogue, global understanding and cross-cultural exchange. The diversity of our communities strengthens and enriches us all.   
H.E. Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE. KSt.J.
Chairman, The English-Speaking Union of the United States

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Tell us your ESU story!

We want to hear from you! Whether you are a student, alumni, volunteer, patron, member, or otherwise, we want to hear about your most memorable moments with the ESU. In honor of our centennial year we're creating a virtual time capsule - a website which stitches our individual stories together to form a centennial snapshot of The English-Speaking Union's impactful legacy.

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