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January 2020

London Branch: Book Club

January 29, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until Sunday, 31st January 2021

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London Branch Members' monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month's book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  

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February 2020

London Branch: Visit to the Garrick Club

February 4, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Garrick Club, 15 Garrick Street
London, WC2E 9AY
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Situated in the heart of the West End and Theatreland, the Garrick Club was founded in 1831 as a private members’ club by a group of literary gentlemen under the patronage of the King’s brother, the egalitarian Duke of Sussex. They announced that the club would be a place where ‘actors and men of refinement and education might meet on equal terms.’ The first members were a sophisticated and cosmopolitan group, which included famous Dickens and Thackeray. Today the club…

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Epping Forest Branch: Bob Johnson wildlife photography in the Arctic

February 6, 10:15 am - 4:30 pm
The Murray Hall, Loughton, Essex, 106 Borders Lane
Loughton, Essex IG10 3SB United Kingdom
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Bob Johnson is well known to us for his wonderful wildlife photography taken both locally and in Africa.  This time, he is going in completely the opposite direction and will talk on his recent visit to the Arctic illustrated by his spectacular photographs of the region and its wildlife.  Indeed, he is so enthusiastic about the area that he will come again to our March meeting to complete the story of his Arctic experiences.

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Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk, Research work in the Arctic

February 11, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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Professor Terry Callahan will be giving a talk on his Research work in the Arctic Terry Callahan started  as an Arctic plant ecologist in 1967. Over 52 years, he has worked in every Arctic country and has been in the field during each of 50 years. His main current focus is to develop international collaboration to understand environmental change in Siberia. He has published over 430 scientific papers and is included as Most cited and influential researcher, for the period…

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Bristol branch: The past, present and future of Bristol’s Museum Service

February 12, 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm
The Apostle Room, Clifton Catholic Cathedral, Bristol, Clifton Catholic Cathedral
Bristol, BS8 3BX United Kingdom
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The past, present and future of Bristol’s Museum Service Speaker Ray Barnett, Head of Collections and Archives, Bristol

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Salisbury Branch: ‘Syria: The Making of a Refuge State’ Professor Dawn Chatty, FBA PhD

February 19, 10:15 am - 2:30 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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Dawn Chatty is an American social anthropologist and academic, who specialises in the Middle East, nomadic pastoral tribes, and refugees. From 2010 to 2015, she was Emeritus Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. Her book 'Syria: The Making and Unmaking of a Refuge State' was published by Hurst & Co in 2018. The mass influx of peoples into Syria over the last 150 years, including Circassians, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, Armenian, Albanians, Kosovars, created a…

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Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk, ‘Churchill’s Great Game’, rethinking the origins of the Cold War

February 19, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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Join Devon & Exeter Branch for lunch followed by a fascinating talk by Professor Richard Toye “Churchill’s Great Game”, rethinking the origins of the Cold War Richard Toye is Professor of Modern History at the University of Exeter. He is a specialist in the history of rhetoric and is the author of numerous articles and several books, including ‘Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction’ and ‘The Roar of the Lion: The Untold Story of Churchill’s World War II Speeches’. His book…

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London Branch: Book Club

February 26, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Last of the month, repeating until Sunday, 31st January 2021

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London Branch Members' monthly book club at Dartmouth House, please contact Kathleen Earley for details this month's book and to reserve a space: earley.kathleen@gmail.com  

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘CONTEMPORARY AMERICA’

February 27, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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PROFESSOR GARY GERSTLE, Professor of American History and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge Gary Gerstle lives in Cambridge, England, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is primarily an historian of 20th century America with particular expertise in immigration and race issues. He has lectured worldwide, and is frequently consulted for his views on contemporary questions in the USA. In his talk to us he will give a broad survey of current trends in American society – race relations, migration,…

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March 2020

Salisbury Branch: ‘The Mary Rose’ Edward Towne MA MSt PGCE

March 16, 10:15 am - 3:00 pm
The White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, SP1 2SD
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Edward Towne graduated in European Studies from the University of East Anglia and later achieved a PGCE from Cambridge, an MA in Early Modern English History from the University of London and a MSt in Twentieth Century British History from the University of Oxford. His professional career was spent teaching History in state and independent Secondary Schools. Currently, Edward lectures to adults in a variety of organisations and acts as a reviewer and tour leader on historical topics. The “Mary…

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