In 2002, as in previous years, constituents of THE SHAKESPEARE GUILD enjoyed many of the privileges of membership in THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION. In January the Guild and ESU Washington co-hosted a gathering at THE WASHINGTON CLUB with ecologist LESTER R. BROWN, founder of the WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE. His presentation about Building an Economy for the Earth was recorded by C-SPAN's cameras, and BOOK TV carried it on the first Sunday in February. In March C-SPAN returned to the same venue for historian JAMES C. HUMES's remarks about Eisenhower and Churchill: The Partnership that Saved the World. Fittingly, this program, which aired in early April, was introduced by the General's granddaughter SUSAN EISENHOWER. Along similar lines, we heard ALAN LEE WILLIAMS, former Director-General of the ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION OF THE COMMONWEALTH, who joined CHRISTOPHER MAKINS of THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL for a conversation about NATO and its counter-terrorist strategy. During the early spring we relished events with British writer ANNE DE COURCEY, who discussed her book The Viceroy's Daughters: The Lives of the Curzon Sisters, and with former Secretary of Defense CASPAR WEINBERGER, who shared highlights from his memoir In the Arena. May brought us sociolinguist DEBORAH TANNEN, who talked about her latest volume, I Only Say This Because I Love You. During what proved to be another eventful year, we also had a chance to savor a number of SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE engagements, with Artistic Director MICHAEAL KAHN of THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, with actors RICHARD CLIFFORD, LYNN REDGRAVE, and TED VAN GRIETHUYSEN, and with the new head of the FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY, GAIL KERN PASTER.
For details about these and other highlights, see Autumn 2002.