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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

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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.

Read more about this project and submit your story below

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English in Action Registration Session

Are you looking to build fluency and confidence in English? Our English in Action program will match you with your own native speaker. We continue to accept new students on a rolling basis, so register for our upcoming info session. Students must be 18 years or older to participate in the program. Students must also speak English at an intermediate level or higher. Course fees apply.

 

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ESU Logo Awarded in 2020 GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards

For their work redesigning the English-Speaking Union's logo and brand, graphic design firm Odgis + Co has won the 2020 GDUSA American Graphic Design Award. The award was presented to only 700 projects from more than 10,000 entries across all design fields.

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George Pratt selected as 2021-2022 Luard Morse Scholar

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is pleased to announce Mr. George Pratt has been selected as this year's Luard Morse Scholarship recipient. George Pratt of Jacksonville, FL is a sophomore at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA, where he is pursuing a degree in Religion and History. This prestigious scholarship offers George up to $25,000 towards a semester of study at a British university during his junior year.

"The English-Speaking Union of the United States remains committed, even in the midst of a global pandemic, to academic excellence and to international understanding as demonstrated by its Luard Morse Scholarship.  This year's Luard Morse scholar, George Pratt, exemplifies the very best of American undergraduate college students and will benefit greatly by spending part of his junior year studying in the United Kingdom. We are excited and proud to support his educational endeavors" stated Darrell Hill, chair of the ESU Luard Morse Scholarship Committee.

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ESU Chairman's Message

Dear Colleagues, Members & Friends of the English-Speaking Union,

I decided to delay my New Year's message to The English-Speaking Union of The United States for a number of reasons.  With the plethora of wishes and communications that flood our computers and mailboxes at the end of the year, I thought I would give you all a break, and pen something further into January, when things were quieter and more settled.  So today, on the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, I thought to send out a message.

On our entry into 2021 we find ourselves and our nation gripped in the uncertainty of a pandemic, which has not gone away, and which, by all accounts, will be with us for at least another year, in one form or another.   We are racing towards confronting half a million of our fellow citizens lost as a consequence.  I know that many ESU members have been deeply and personally impacted by this awful disease, and my heart goes out to each and every one.  We mourn many things in life, but the untimely passing of so many good and loved people is a hard cross to bear.

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Evelyn Wrench Speaker

Separated by a Common Language?
The complicated relationship between American & British English
Dr. Lynne Murphy
Thursday, January 21 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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When faced with British English, Americans are apt to be impressed and are often made a bit insecure about their own linguistic abilities. When thinking about American English, Britons often express dismissiveness or fear. This has been going on for nearly 300 years, developing into a complex mythology of British–American linguistic relations.

This talk looks into the current state of the "special relationship" between the two national standards. How did we get to the point that the BBC publishes headlines like "How Americanisms are killing the English language" while Americans tweet "Everything sounds better in a British accent"? The answer is in a broad set of problematic beliefs. We'll look at how different the two national Englishes are (and why they're not more different), why neither has claim to being older than the other, and why technology isn't making us all speak or write the same English.

Lynne Murphy is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England. Since 2006, her alter ego Lynneguist has written the Separated by a Common Language blog. There, she reflects on UK–US linguistic differences from the perspective of an American linguist in England, while fighting the good fight against linguistic myths and prejudice. She continues that fight in The Prodigal Tongue: The Love–Hate Relationship between American English (Oneworld, 2018).

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