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English Speaking Union announces it’s 2018 – 2019 Program

Come fly with us!!  Yesterday, today and tomorrow – this should be the theme of the English Speaking Union's 2018-2019 Season.   The E-SU is an organization dedicated to education, scholarship, and understanding.   This season reaches back into the early 1800's with James and Dolly Madison, the we move forward with renown writers who will cover national as well as the local literature of today.  We'll move to the arts with music, then finish looking into the future with a presentation about NASA and the Hubble replacement.   Learning from the past will create a better tomorrow.  The programs this year will educate and challenge the thinking of everyone. 

Rick Bragg

October 17, 2018 hear Rick Brag bring southern culture to life.

A Pulitzer prize author, he covered the Oklahoma City bombing, the Jonesboro killings, and the Susan Smith trial.  As the Miami Bureau Chief for the New York Times he covered the international custody battle for Elian Gonzalez.

The topic of his talk will be Southern Culture.  Rick is the author of two crucially acclaimed and best selling books, All Over but the Shoutin" and Ava's Man.  His recent book, The Most They Ever Had, is an eloquent tale of an Alabama milling community and led the The New York Times Book Review to state, "It is hard to think of a writer who reminds us more forcefully and wonderfully of what people and families are all about".

James and Dolley Madison

On Wednesday November 14 President James Madison and First Lady Dolley Madison will discuss "Life in the White House". 

James Madison Jr. was an American statesman and Founding Father who served as the fourth President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  After the failure of diplomatic protests and a trade embargo against the United Kingdom, he led the U.S. into the War of 1812,

On September 15, 1794, James Madison married Dolley Payne Todd, a 26-year-old widow, Dolley Madison put her social gifts to use when the couple lived in Washington, beginning when he was the Secretary of

State. With the White House still under construction, she was instrumental in the decorating and at times, served as First Lady for ceremonial functions for President Thomas Jefferson, a widower and friend. When her husband was president, she created the role of First Lady, using her social talents to advance his programs. She is credited with adding to his popularity in office.

See the past come to life in authentic and spontaneous ways as the Historic Life repertory company presents James and Dolley Madison – "Life in the White House".

The African Experience

On January 29, 2019 Africa comes Pinehurst.  Known as the dark continent, this program will enlighten our community to the people, the art, the animals and the excitement within this fascinating and intriguing continent. You will learn what animals make up the "Big 5".  Have a greater understanding of the Maasai Mara and the Maasai people.  

You will learn about the initiatives in Tanzania in support of women's empowerment, the growing interest in preservation on the wilderness and the changing lives and living conditions as a result of worldwide efforts, from both government and individual initiatives.

Elizabeth Hudson

On February 20, come hear Ms. Hudson, Editor – In – Chief of "Our State Magazine" on the topic of "Celebrating the Beauty of North Carolina Through the Pages of Our State!". 

Working for the magazine for over 20 years, the last 10 as Editor and chief, she has learned where to fin the best barbeque,  the most photographed waterfalls and can tell you where pirates have tread.   Under her leadership the magazine has grown from 100,000 subscribers to close to 200,000.

She will speak about the beauty of North Carolina, its people, and its land from the mountains to the coast as celebrated through the fantastic writing and the stunning photography that are included in each months issue.


Solomon Eichner

A concert pianist, Mr. Eichner will treat us to an evening of music as he performs the Classics the evening of March 28.

Declared by the American Liszt Society as "A sensitive pianist, Solomon's playing is poetic, beautiful and moving with deep feeling."

Solomon has been selected to perform in a number of prestigious events, the Chamber Music Raleigh series with the North Carolina Symphony Concertmaster Brian Reagin and Principal Cellist Bonnie Thron hosted at the NC Museum of Art.  Additionally he will perform a solo recital at the Paderewski Raleigh Festival.

Solomon will be presented twice this season in his hometown of Baltimore, with solo recitals with the Yale Gordon Trust and the Music in the Great Hall Series.  Solomon debuted at Carnegie Hall in April 2016 after winning the "Golden Key Debut" International competition in New York City. 

Solomon received his Doctor of Musical Art degree from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. Matthew Greenhouse

April 24, 2019 join the ESU on an adventure into the future.

Dr. Greenhouse works at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center.   As a Project Scientist he is leading the effort on the James Webb Space Telescope.  He will be discussing the mission of the James Webb Space Telescope and its launch in 2020.

The James Webb Space Telescope is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and the premier space observatory of the next decade.  It is the largest space telescope ever constructed.  It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows aft the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like earth, to the evolution of our own Solar system. 

Dr. Greenhouse received his Ph.D. in Physics from University of Wyoming in 1989.  He has served on several NASA and European Space Agency flight mission teams.  He is the recipient of more than 20 individual performance awards and honors.

In addition to the program meetings, E-SU sponsors a student-of-the-month program in Moore County high schools , a national Shakespeare competition in Moore County high schools, and a middle school debate competition across Moore County middle schools.

All E-SU program meetings are held at the Pinehurst Country Club and are limited to members of E-SU and their guests. Individuals interested in learning more about membership should contact Carol Conover, membership chairwoman, at (610) 337 2726 or


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