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ESU Austin Branch Programs: 2022-23

January 17, 2023 
Neill-Cochran House Museum
Happy Hour and Program

Sara Schneider, Musicologist and KMFA host and producer

"The First English-Language Opera, Origins and Meaning: 
Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in Context"


February 7, 2023
Chateau Bellevue: Dinner & Program

Robert Hull, Consul General of Ireland, Austin

"Irish Independence: A Decade of Centenaries"


February 11, 2023
Neill-Cochran House Museum

Annual ESU Shakespeare Competition

Bridget Farias Gates, San Marcos theater educator, coordinates Central Texas students in recitations of Shakespeare, competing for scholarships to New York City's national competition later in the spring


March 7, 2023
Neill-Cochran House Museum

Happy Hour & Program

David L. Leal, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Associate Professor of Government and Mexican American studies, Director of the Irma Rangel Public Policy Institute, and Director of the Immigration Studies Initiative at the UT-Austin

"Rishi Sunak and the Role of the British Prime Minister in Times of Economic Turbulence" [tentative title]


April 4, 2023
Neill-Cochran House Museum

Happy Hour & Program

Sumit Guha, Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at UT-Austin and author of Beyond Caste: Identity and Power in South Asia, Past and Present and Environment and Ethnicity in India, 1200-1991.

"Meritocracy in India and Britain c.1600-1950" [tentative title]

All scheduled events are free to paid members

Guests are welcome: $50 per person for dinner and program at Chateau Bellevue

Pay for Dinner Attendance Here

$30 per person for happy hour and program at Neill-Cochran House Museum

Pay for Happy Hour Attendance Here

Free parking at both venues

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2022 Austin Branch Shakespeare Competition

Austin Branch was pleased to support the 2022 Shakespeare Competition, this time on a Saturday afternoon in the historic Neill-Cochran House Museum.  Four contestants delivered riveting recitations and the audience responded enthusiastically to them all. 

First prize went to Molly Livesay, here at the middle of her assembled family.  The heartening note below is from her mother and deserves to be read by all ESU members!

Thank you all for what you do!  With so many challenges nowadays with everything in life, I am so grateful you are still trying to have a competition.  All your efforts do not go unnoticed.  

For what it's worth, my daughter talks about the last competition as her favorite moment in her high school career.  She's becoming a Shakespeare nerd and is thinking about studying it in college.  Your efforts have fostered the love of Shakespeare in many young adults, which is a gift.  Thank you!

Susie Livesay

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Welcome to the Austin Branch Page

Welcome to the Austin Branch of The English-Speaking Union. We are a non-profit, non-political membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. We sponsor and organize educational and cultural programs for students and teachers as well as provide lectures, social events, and travel opportunities for our members. The Austin Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a global network of ESUs promoting educational opportunities in over 50 countries around the world. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.


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The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

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