ESU New Orleans Branch

Welcome to the New Orleans Branch of the ESU

Welcome to the webpage of The English-Speaking Union US, New Orleans Branch! We've been an active Branch for more than 30 years, and have over 100 current memberships, including singles, couples, and the largest number of National Patrons of any ESUUS Branch. 

 Fortunately, we can return to a full schedule of in-person events September through June plus being supplemented in 2021-2022 by the highly successful and interesting virtual ESUUS Happy Hour programs series organized by ESUUS Branches nationwide in 2020-2021 and broadcast monthly by ESUUS headquarters in New York City. 

New Orleans Branch played a kickoff role to this program thanks to Membership and Media Chair Julie Jardine being on the national planning committee and pivoting to provide the first virtual speaker, Robin B. Williams, Ph.D., who had been scheduled for an in-person presentation to the New Orleans Branch on Regency and Gothic Revival Architecture. Branch member and Founder of the National Food and Beverage Foundation, Liz Williams, provided another virtual program for the series about Creole Food: America's Oldest Cuisine.

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News And Events

March 15th - Evelyn Wrench Speaker Series

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Evelyn Wrench Speaker Series
Professor James Raven

Former Chair of ESU of the Commonwealth and Fellow of Magdalene College - University of Cambridge

"The History of the Book"

March 15, 6-9 p.m.
Ralph's On The Park
$75 Members, $85 Non-members, Cash Bar

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ESU Shakespeare Competition Semi-Finals

New Orleans Branch Hosts ESU Shakespeare Competition Semi-Finals

(L-R) David Grissett, President NOLA Branch, 3rd Place - Julia Bannon (Kenner Discovery School), 1st Place - Jacob West (Covington High School), 2nd Place - Ronan Newberry (The Willow School), Bruce Gordon, Chairman - Education Committee

"Strike a Pose" with all our wonderful contestants

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Annual Christmas Tea

Annual Christmas Tea

Sunday, December 11th, 2022
windsor Court Hotel
The Library AND Atrium

Tickets are $45 for members and $55 for non-members

Katherine de Montluzin receives Recognition Certificate for Excellence with over 30 years in various roles of Board leadership, branch support, and recruitment.

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Movie Night!

ESU New Orleans Movie Night!

Kind Hearts and Coronets

November 15th, 2022
7-10 P.M.
Four Winds Private Theatre
210 Baronne Street, 19th Floor
$15 Members, $20 Non-members
Beverages, bubbly and popcorn provided!
Introduction overview by Walter Wolf
Self-park or valet parking at Hilton Garden Inn garage,
821 Gravier Street

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Branch Patron Members' Party

Branch Patron Members' Party
By Invitation Only

Thursday, September 15th
Southern Yacht Club

Dave Grissett, President ESU New Orleans Branch, Quinn Peeper, Chairman, English-Speaking Union, and Michael Harold

Melissa Gordon, Nat'l Patron Sponsor, Kara Jacobi, our T-Lab Scholarship Recipient,   Bruce Gordon, Education Chairman & National Patron Sponsor

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Read about our T-Lab Recipient 
T-Lab 2022 Pictures from the University of Oxford

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The English-Speaking Union

New Orleans Branch