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2018 ESU Annual Conference

New Orleans

ESU Annual Conference

Setting English in Action for a New Century

New Orleans, Louisiana

November 17-19, 2018

The English-Speaking Union welcomes all members to New Orleans, Louisiana, November  17-19 for the 2018 Annual Conference. This year's conference will continue to develop and define English in Action as the banner under which the ESU employ English in its second century as a catalyst for peace and understanding in a shrinking, turbulent world. It will include the ESU 2018 Annual General Meeting, workshops, lectures, social events, updates and camaraderie to advance our nationwide efforts to conduct our programs supporting teachers, students and recent immigrants. The conference cost is $475 with an optional plantation tour for $130. Information on an optional concert with Dr. Quinn Peeper, ESU President, at the piano with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is available on the New Orleans Branch website. Discount codes for the concert will be sent to conference attendees after they complete their registration. Register here.

Longue Vue GardensThe National Patrons Reception will take place at Longue Vue Gardens, a historic house museum and associated gardens in the Lakewood neighborhood of New Orleans on Sunday, November 18 from 5-7 pm. 

Updated Schedule of Events
(Subject to Change)

Saturday, November 17

  • Registration: 8 am-4 pm
  • Coffee Service: 8 am-10 am
  • National Board of Directors Meeting: 9 am-12 pm
  • Board & Branch Officers' Lunch*: 12-1:30 pm
  • Board & Branch Officers' Conclave*: 1:30-4 pm
  • Welcome Reception: 4:30 pm-6 pm
  • Evening Optional Event: 7 pm
    ESU New Orleans Concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Orpheum Theater
    Click Here for More Information
* For National Board Members and Branch Officers only.

Sunday, November 18 

  • Registration: 8 am-1 pm
  • Coffee Service: 8 am-10 am
  • Regional/Committee/Break-out Meetings: 8:15 am-9:15 am
  • Concurrent Workshops Shakespeare/TLab: 9:15 am-10:15 am
  • Brunch with Keynote Speaker Peter Gilliver: 10:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Annual General Meeting 1-4 pm
  • National Patron Reception Longue Vue Gardens: 5 pm - 7 pm
    Departures for Longue Vue begin at 4:30 pm from entrance of conference hotel

Oak Alley Plantation

Monday, November 19:  Optional Plantation Tour
Space is Limited;  Note afternoon drop-off stop at Louis Armstrong Airport is included.

  • Depart: 8 am
  • San Francisco Plantation Guided Tour: 9:30 am
  • Depart for Oak Alley Plantation: 11 am
  • Oak Alley Plantation Guided and Self-Guided Tours and Lunch: 11:30 am - 2 pm
  • Depart for Louis Armstrong Airport: 2:15 pm
  • Depart for Conference Hotel: 3:15 pm
  • Return to New Orleans; Arrive at Conference Hotel: 4 pm

Note: Conference and tour dress is business casual.

LodgingWyndam Garden Hotel

Our conference venue will be the Wyndham Garden Baronne Plaza Hotel, located at 201 Baronne Street--one block from Canal Street and the French Quarter and two blocks from the historic Orpheum Theater. Once a Sears Department Store, it was constructed in 1931 in the Art Deco style.

To register, click here.