ESU New York City Branch

Message from the ESU NY President

Autumn is upon us, and  the New York Branch has a full schedule of events and activities for members and friends to enjoy throughout the fall.  Take a look at our newsletter to the right for a full list.  We kick-off the season with a "Welcome Autumn Members' Reception" on Thursday, September 24, 2015, during which we will host the traveling British Debate Team who will engage in a lively debate with three teams from area universities. In October, our autumn lecture will be delivered by Curt DiCamillo, who will regale us with stories of greed, lust, and murder during the reign of King Henry VIII and the Tudor dynasty. Tickets are available online now...follow the link in the sidebar to the left.  This year, we welcome the Metropolitan Chapter of the Victorian Society, which will present its monthly lecture series in our home on the second Thursday of the month.  ESU members are welcome to attend these free 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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News And Events

Lords, Ladies and Mummies-The Story of Highclere Castle

  Highclere Castle

Lords, Ladies and Mummies:

The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey
a talk by 
Curt DiCamillo

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 6:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City


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Yuletide Party Invitation


Fall Member Welcome Back Reception

Event Recap Photo

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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Presummer Night's Reception

To honor the this year's ESU awards and scholarships recipients, as well as the Queen's Birthday, the ESU hosted a Pre-summer Night's Reception. Members mingled with, and were treated to performances and talks by, Branch winners of the National Shakespeare Competition, BUSS Fellowship recipients and the ESU New York Middle School Debate Champions from the Hackley School. 


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