News And Events

Harriet Tubman:American Icon

November 14, 2015

In a campaign to replace the face of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with that of a woman, Harriet Tubman has emerged as a popular contender. Born a slave, she became one of the leading abolitionists before the Civil War and worked tirelessly on the Underground Railroad. Syracuse University, Milton C. Sernett, Professor Emeritus History and African-American Studies, presents.


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Follow Me in Merry Measure:A Musical Program of Yuletide Treasures

December 12, 2015

Join us for some holiday cheer and a live musical program of popular Christmas carols and other holiday selections by professional musicians at the beautifully decorated venue. Michael Connor,Tenor and Nancy James, Piano.


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The Heritage of The Hotel Syracuse

January 9, 2016

Marriot Downtown Syracuse, formerly known as the Hotel Syracuse, built in 1924 and closed in 2004, is currently being restored for a planned reopening in March 2016. Acquired in 2014 by Ed Riley the Pyramid Hotel Group, it will have all major historic spaces returned to their former glory.

Dennis J. Connors, Curator Onondaga Historical Association, presents


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Celebrating Shakespeare's Birthday

February 13,2016

William Shakespeare turns 400 this year and appears to be healthier than ever. The E-SU Shakespeare Competition is 30 years old and still going strong. What is the magic in this man's life and works? Matt Chiorini Director Theater Program from LeMoyne College presents.


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Tree of 40 Fruit

March 12, 2016

The result of grafting slivers of various stone fruit trees onto one main rooted tree is an explosion of flowers in the spring and fruit in the summer. When it reaches full maturity, the tree will have the capacity to grow 40 different kinds of fruit. Sam Van Aken, Sculptor and Art Professor, presents.


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The English-Speaking Union

Syracuse Branch

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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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