ESU Houston Branch

Welcome to the Houston Branch of The English-Speaking Union

We are a non-profit, non-political membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. We sponsor and organize educational and cultural programs for students and teachers as well as provide lectures, social events, and travel opportunities for our members. The Houston Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a global network of ESUs promoting educational opportunities in over 50 countries around the world. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

News And Events

Restructuring Philadelphia: New Approaches to America's Founding Process.

The Houston Branch of ESU will join the Houston Oxford Society on Wednesday, April 6 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Black Labrador at  4100 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, TX 77006 - for a dinner and lecture. Dr. Nicholas Cole,   Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, will deliver this year's Pembroke lecture:  "Restructuring Philadelphia:  New Approaches to America's Founding Process."   Tickets (including the meal but exclusive of drinks) are priced at $33. Please RSVP by April 4.

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Winner of 2016 Houston Shakespeare Competition

The Houston Branch of the English-Speaking Union held its 29th Annual Shakespeare Competition at Duchesne Academy on Saturday morning, March 5, 2016. Claire will be sent to compete in New York City at the National ESU Competition in May. The winner of this year's contest was Claire Metusalem, a student at The High School for the Visual and Performing Arts (HSPVA). Claire demonstrated self-confidence, poise and whimsical caprice as she performed the role of Helena in a monologue from A Midsummer Night's Dream.  Her teacher is Cynthia Ogden, assisted by Matthew Hune.  At HSPVA "Educational theatre is a creative, democratic activity. Students learn the principles of democracy and civic responsibility through working in close harmony."


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Shakespeare Winner Featured Fort Bend Star

Clements High School theatre student wins Houston-area Shakespeare competition

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First Fall Meeting - September 27, 2012

Dr. Anthony Reso will present his talk, "The British Defeat of the Spanish Armada, 1588, Prelude to Imperial Expansion" at a dinner meeting to be held at the Briar Club (Timmons and Alabama). 6:30 reception with cash bar. 7:15 Dinner and Program. Dr. Reso will explain the vast consequences if the Spanish had landed in England.


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The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

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