UNCG Research congratulates Atlantic World Research Network Director Christopher Hodgkins on his election to the National Board of the English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESUUS). Hodgkins, who is a professor of Renaissance Literature, will represent UNCG annually as Member-at-Large at ESUUS national meetings in New York City. ESUUS has 70 branches around the country and allies with 50 English-Speaking Union (ESU) organizations worldwide.
The ESU’s transatlantic and global alliance celebrates English as a shared language to foster international understanding and good will. Providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members, the ESU seeks to nurture and enhance our linguistic heritage through nationally-administered programs and outreach.
The Atlantic World Research Network recently sponsored two of these ESU programs at UNCG – the National Shakespeare Competition and the Shakespeare Set Free Institutes. The network supported the latter in cooperation with the Washington, D.C., Folger Institute, of which UNCG is a Consortium member.
Other ESU programs include British University Summer School Fellowships for American high school teachers; the Middle School Debate Program; the International Public Speaking Contest for Young People in London; the Secondary School Exchange for U.S., British, and Argentine teenagers; and the National Speakers Program. Led by Board Chair and former U.S. Representative Patricia “Pat” Schroeder, the ESUUS thinks globally and serves nationally, regionally, and locally.
Hodgkins, the winner of UNCG’s senior faculty awards for Teaching Excellence (2004) and Research Excellence (2011), has authored or edited six books and many articles on 17th century British literature and culture, the poetry of George Herbert, the British imperial imagination, and the literary study of the Bible. He is co-founder of the international George Herbert Society and, through the Atlantic World Research Network, has so far organized and presented six conferences in Britain and North America. With Robert Whalen, he co-edits The Digital Temple (the first born-digital edition of Herbert’s English poetry) and has started work on the complete digital works of Herbert.