ESU New York City Branch

Message from the ESU NY President

After a very successful fall season, the New Year is upon us, and the New York Branch has a full schedule of events and activities for members and friends to enjoy throughout the winter months. Take a look at our newsletter to the right for a full list. On January 7, 2016 we kick-off the season with another engaging lecture by Curt DiCamillo who will explore Highclere Castle, linking it to other historic houses, and explaining how the fictional Downton Abbey plotline has unexpected echoes to Highclere's history. Tickets are available online now...follow the link in the panel below. The Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society also returns to the ESU house to hold its monthly lectures, and in February they will commence the season with their annual Margot Gayle fundraiser Lecture. ESU members are welcome to attend these lectures. These offerings complement ESU New York's regular Monday evening British Cinema Night Screenings, British Mystery Book Club Discussions and ESU Players Readings.

The ESU of New York is one of 68 Branches located throughout the United States promoting educational opportunities and is part of a global network of ESUs in more than 50 countries around the world.  Explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

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Fall Member Welcome Back Reception

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To welcome its members from a summer hiatus, the New York Branch held a Fall Reception on September 24 at the ESU house. We welcomed Chessy Whelan and Matthew Willmore, USA Team Debaters from the ESU of the Commonwealth    (Dartmouth House), for a debate with local teams from   St. John's University and Adelphi University. In front of a packed house comprising ESU members, as well as middle school students and their parents, these eight debaters faced off on a very current topic:This House Believes the EU should impose a minimum quota of refugees to be accepted by member states.


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The English-Speaking Union

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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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