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December 2019

Norwich & Norfolk Branch: Christmas Lunch

Friday, 13th December 2019, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Park Farm Hotel, Norwich Road
Hethertt, Norwich NR9 3DL United Kingdom
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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 25th December 2019, 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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January 2020

ESU International Public Speaking Competition Grand Final

January 9, 1:00 pm
The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS

The ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) is the world’s largest competition of its kind. Bringing together participants, aged 16-20, from over 50 countries for a week of cultural exchange and competition, the IPSC is one of the ESU's flagship programmes. The Grand Final will see the very best 6-8 young performers deliver their speech and follows the competition heats held earlier in the week. Tea and coffee will be provided from 1pm, and the final itself will commence at…

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Mid-Cheshire Branch: Lunch & Talk on The Vine Project

January 14, 11:45 am - 3:00 pm
The Portal Premier Golf Club, Forest Road
Tarporley, CW6 0JA United Kingdom
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The vine project aims to enable vulnerable children and young people in choir Zulu Natal, South Africa to get the best education possible. Kate Stross was inspired to become a supporter of the project in late 2011 and has since visited South Africa regularly.

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Devon & Exeter Branch: Lunch & Talk on Music of the Holocaust by Professor Shirli Gilbert

January 15, 12:30 pm
Exeter Golf & Country Club, Topsham Road
Exeter, EX277AE United Kingdom
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An extraordinary range of musical activities, both forced and voluntary, took place in the Nazi ghettos and camps, from the earliest internment centres established in 1933 until the liberation in 1945. The musical works these prisoners created are extraordinary documents from the time: fragments recovered from the rubble of war and genocide; monuments to the lives that were destroyed. In this talk, which will feature many film extracts, Shirli Gilbert, professor of Modern History at Southampton University with a specialism in Jewish History and particularly the Holocaust, will highlight original music from this period, including some rare post-war recordings. The songs offer rich insight into victims’ experiences, conveying the uncertain and shifting perspectives of prisoner communities as they made sense of lived reality.

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Bristol branch: The Rise of China as a challenge to liberal teleology

January 15, 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 Rise of China as a challenge to liberal teleology: can China be both rich and communist? Speaker Professor Yongjin Zhang, University of Bristol

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Norwich & Norfolk Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘Norwich Architecture 1938 to present’

January 17, 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Park Farm Hotel, Norwich Road
Hethertt, Norwich NR9 3DL United Kingdom
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Lunch followed by a talk by Rod Spokes on Norwich Architecture 1938 to present.

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Bristol branch: New Year’s Party

January 21, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
9 Carnarvon Road, 9 Carnarvon Road
Bristol, BS6 7DR United Kingdom
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New Year’s Party Join us for a glass of wine to celebrate the new year!

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Ouse Valley Branch: Lunch & Talk ‘THE HOUSE OF LORDS: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE’

January 22, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Sharnbrook Hotel, Bedford, Park Lane, Sharnbrook
Bedford, MK44 1LX United Kingdom
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THE RT HON BARONESS D’SOUZA, Former Lord Speaker of the House of Lords Our speaker has had a distinguished career in science – anthropology, brain chemistry and human nutrition. She has, in addition, a wide range of other interests – human rights, development, gender equality. She was created a Life Peer in 2004 and sat as a crossbencher in the House of Lords, being elected Lord Speaker for 5 years from 2011 to 2016.    Baroness D’Souza is therefore well qualified…

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ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, Bristol Final

January 23, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Redmaids’ High School, Westbury Road
Bristol, BS9 3AW United Kingdom
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ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competition, Bristol Final

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