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Welcome to the New Orleans Branch of the ESU

Welcome to the webpage of The English-Speaking Union, New Orleans Branch! We've been an active Branch for more than 30 years, and have over 100 current memberships, both singles and couples. We typically have a full calendar of interesting events from September through June of each year.

As you can see below on our events' announcement schedule, we had quite a line-up for this Centennial Year of the ESUUS. However, due to the outbreak of Covid-19, and the necessary stay-at-home orders and precautions, we've had to cancel all spring plans. We are hopeful that fall 2020 events will happen but we must plan prudently and according to the appropriate guidelines. Our webpage will be kept current and updated as circumstances unfold so, please check back often for the latest news regarding the New Orleans Branch of the ESU.

As a reminder of happier times, we started out 2020 with a fascinating program given by a survivor of the Andrea Doria. That was followed by an intriguing presentation by the author of The Lady of the Tower. Please view our pictures of these events, and many more, in our Photo Gallery!

Due to the wonders of technology, the 2020 National Shakespeare Competition for local high school students is being held … via online video. In addition, a new online Peoples' Choice Award has been created. ESU members can view all of the contestants' performances on YouTube and then, text in their votes! Our semi-finalist, Brandon Marquez, from Mandeville High School, has submitted his video performance successfully. All winners will be announced on April 27.

Our 2020 teacher's summer scholarship (TLab), which was awarded to Kara Jacobi, English professor at Sacred Heart, New Orleans, has necessarily been postponed to the summer of 2021 because of the Covid-19 travel restrictions. Kara had chosen the Oxford University, UK, program, and luckily, was able to accommodate this deferment in her schedule. 

We hope that you enjoy the information on this webpage and will join or renew your membership via the tab available here. Your support enables us to continue our Mission of giving local students and teachers scholarships that enrich their lives, broaden their learning experiences and make them better educators.

Wishing you good health, and cheers!


F David Grissett, President
ESUUS New Orleans Branch, LLC


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