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In 2003, as in the past, members of THE SHAKESPEARE GUILD derived rich benefits from the Guild's association with THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION. Building on such autumn 2002 events as a conversation between CNN's BILL PRESS and historian GARRY WILLS, a dialogue that focused primarily on Wills's Venice: Lion City, we heard Evelyn Wrench Speaker DENNIS SILK talk about his role as "the greatest headmaster of the 20th century," a sobriquet that had been conferred on him by the BBC. In April, at the residence of the BRITISH EMBASSY's Deputy Chief of Mission, TONY BRENTON, we were treated to an exchange between STANLEY WELLS and PAUL EDMONDSON of the SHAKESPEARE BIRTHPLACE TRUST, a discussion of Dr. Wells's book Shakespeare: For All Time that was recorded for a national audience who'd be watching the program later that month on C-SPAN. A few weeks earlier we'd joined the BRITISH-AMERICAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION for a farewell reception in honor of outgoing British Ambassador SIR CHRISTOPHER MEYER and LADY MEYER. May brought historian NORMAN MOSS to the WOMAN'S NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CLUB for a talk about his new volume on the early months of World War II. In June we repaired to the NATIONAL PRESS CLUB for news anchor ROBERT MACNEIL's remarks about his PBS documentary Do You Speak American? In early July we had the pleasure of hearing actress JANE ALEXANDER's reflections about her challenges as Chair of the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS during a period when that agency was under attack from social conservatives. October provided another opportunity for us to talk with ecologist LESTER R. BROWN, who explored Plan B: Rescuing a Plenet Under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble. That month also offered a chance for teachers and students to listen to author SAMI PLOTKIN, who visited ST. ALBAN'S SCHOOL to offer a workshop on Speaking the Speech. For additional details, see August 2003 and September 2003.