ESU New York City Branch

Message from the ESU NY President

As we say goodbye to the winter and the warm weather approaches, the New York Branch has a full schedule of events and activities for members and friends to enjoy throughout the spring months. Take a look at our newsletter to the right for a full list. On April 14, 2016, the ESU will commence their spring lecture series with Richard Buckley, who will take us on a journey of how he and his team discovered Richard III's burial site. Following on from this, on April 28, Professor B.J Rahn will lecture on "Sherlock Holmes: A Man of His Time". Tickets are now available! 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

Win a complete set of Folger Editions from the Folger Shakespeare Library and Simon & Schuster!

To celebrate The 33rd ESU National Shakespeare Competition and Shakespeare400, we are giving our Facebook followers a chance to win a complete set of Folger Editions from the Folger Shakespeare Library and Simon & Schuster (

To Enter:

2. Like the Folger Shakespeare Library's Facebook page.
3. Like and Share this post.

The contest closes at midnight on 05.02.2016.

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The Mayflower

The Mayflower Sailed from London
a talk by
Robert Hulse
co-sponsored by
The Society of Mayflower Descendants

In Rotherhithe, borough of Southwark, south-east London, stands a statue of a ship captain, which is inscribed: In memory of Christopher Jones, Captain of The Mayflower, who landed 102 planters and adventurers and founded the first permanent settlement in Massachusetts. Although most people think the Mayflower sailed from Plymouth, initially the Mayflower set sail from Rotherhithe only to turn back when her companion ship, the Speedwell proved leaky. The second attempt, from Plymouth to the New World, succeeded, and the rest, as they say, is history. This lecture will tell the story of Southwark in 1620, a place of great vitality and extreme contrasts and from where the Mayflower began her voyage to the New World.  

Register here. 


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The Real World of Sherlock

The Real World of Sherlock
a talk by
Professor B. J. Rahn
co-sponsored by
The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes


Based on the new paperback edition of
The Real World of Sherlock, this lecture by Professor B.J. Rahn explores how closely (or not) Holmes' fictional world represents Victorian life. This lecture will provide a fascinating insight into crime and detection in nineteenth-century London by tracing how the work of police detectives and CSI evolved in this era. From footprint analysis and human blood testing to fingerprinting and crime-scene photography, comparing Holmes' methods with official procedures yields several surprises as does research into Sherlock's fabled drug addiction. 

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ESU Players

Thursday, June 9, 2016
The Importance of Being Earnest  follows two bachelor's leading double lives to court the attentions of the exquisitely desirable Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must not only grapple with the riotous consequences of their deceptions but the formidable Lady Bracknell! 


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Prize Draw: Win 2 tickets to our Richard III Lecture

                  The King Under the Car Park:
                   The Search for Richard III
                                 a talk by 
                    Richard Buckley, OBE, PhD


To enter: Follow us on Twitter @ESUUSNational and re-tweet the competition post. The prize draw closes 04.07.2016. T&C apply. 


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The English-Speaking Union

New York City Branch

New York City Branch Landmark Photo

Welcome to the ESU

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.

To find out more about our programs click here.