ESU Salisbury Branch

A Message from the Salisbury Branch President

Welcome to the Salisbury Branch of The English-Speaking Union. We are a non-profit, non-political membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community. We sponsor and organize educational and cultural programs for students and teachers as well as provide lectures, social events, and travel opportunities for our members. The Salisbury Branch is one of 68 located throughout the United States and is part of a global network of ESUs promoting educational opportunities in over 50 countries around the world. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about who we are and what we do.

News And Events

List of Speakers - Season 2021-2022

Thursday, September 16, 2021
Shaun Jay

He's been seen on all the major TV networks, featured in countless publications, and now we get to witness his mesmerizing magic right here! With his swift hands and fast-paced presentation, renowned Master Illusionist Shaun Jay will leave you asking, "How in the world did he do that?!"

Thursday, October 21, 2021
Dr. Stephen de Angelis

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been one of the most dominant, and wiliest, political figures of the 21st century. Russian scholar Dr. Stephen de Angelis will provide keen insights into this man's rise to power, his plan for his homeland, and how he has engaged with three very different U.S.  Presidents: Bush, Obama, & Trump.

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Katie Edwards

As the world is captivated by recent space flights by billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson, it's worth contemplating how two simple bicycle mechanics from Dayton, Ohio traveled to the NC coast to make their dream of flight a reality. NC Museum of History Curator Katie Edwards will regale us with new details about the trials and tribulations these Wright brothers never thought they'd face!

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Scott Mason

You may think you've seen a lot of North Carolina, but Scott Mason is sure there are nooks and crannies that will surprise and delight you. Known as "The Tar Heel Traveler," this award-winning WRAL-TV reporter will show us clips of some of the thousands of stories he's done that have unearthed memorable characters, out-of-the-way places, and fascinating historical footnotes – even some from Salisbury!

Thursday, February 10, 2022
Matt Brown

We are so thrilled to bring former First United Methodist Church Music Director Matt Brown back "home" to provide us with "An Evening of American and English Art Song." An incomparable pianist, and currently Music Director for an Atlanta church, Matt will be joined by a soprano and bass-baritone as guest artists.

Thursday, March 17, 2022
RaeLana Poteat 

With voting rights much in the news these days, one group has every reason to celebrate: women! Although it came 144 years after the founding of America, 2020 marked the centennial of Woman Suffrage, and NC Museum of History Curator RaeLana Poteat will tell us how the struggle in our state differed from the national storyline and who fought for – and against! – it.

Thursday, April 21, 2022
Rick Dove

No doubt we've all come to take clean water for granted, but did you know it's a never-ending battle to preserve, protect, and defend our fundamental right to drinkable, fishable, and swimmable water? Rick Dove, former Neuse River Riverkeeper, will tell us about these challenges. After pioneering efforts at controlling pollution that garnered worldwide attention and resulted in major reforms, he has devoted more than a quarter-century to this noble work.

Annual Membership Dues: $50/single $90/couple
(One-time event waiver for new attendees!)
Dinner & Program fee: $35/pp
Location: Country Club of Salisbury
Time: 6:30 cocktails, 7:00 dinner, 8:00 presentation
To join or learn more, visit:
For dinner reservations, contact President Gerry Wood:
Mail: 414 Jake Alexander Blvd. S.,
Salisbury, NC 28147
Phone: 704 213 6008


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