News And Events

News And Events

January Speaker, Marjorie Julian

Executive Director of the Everson Museum of Art,was the  E-SU of Syracuse's featured speaker at its luncheon on January 12, 2019,  Marjorie Julian, who had arranged for Ms Dunbar to speak, introduced her.

The Everson Museum building, renowned as the first museum designed by the famous international architect I.M. Pei, is celebrating its 50th    Anniversary.  Ms Dunbar presented information and slides of the museum's illustrious history before and after the construction of the I.M. Pei  building.  She also described and showed important recent repairs and renovations as well as the many exhibits and community out-reach programs offered by the museum.

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Syracuse 70th Anniversary

The Syracuse Branch of the English-Speaking Union held their 70th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, May 12. 2018 at
Bellevue Country Club in Syracuse.

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A Message from the Syracuse Branch President

Established in 1948, The Syracuse Branch of the English-Speaking Union is a very active group. Our programs reflect our members who are spirited, thoughtful and concerned about intercultural and international communications. They share a genuine interest in people and community affairs. The Syracuse Branch meets the second Saturday of each month - September through May - at a private club.

Monthly Luncheons and Programs

See a list of the 2018-2019 Syracuse ESU events by clicking here. 

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December Luncheon and Meeting

The Harmony Katz Men's Chorus

For December in lieu of a general meeting and speaker, we had a festive program with lunch and entertainment.  After a delicious meal of beef tenderloin with potato, spinach-stuffed tomato, and yule log for dessert, we were entertained by the Harmony Katz Men's Chorus with a selection of holiday songs.

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ESU Luncheon Meeting

Melissa Spicer, Founder of Clear Path for Veterans, spoke about the organization's mission.  Clear Path for Veterans, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is Upstate New York's Veteran Resource Center serving as a hub of information, programs and resources for veterans along with providing its own programs in various areas to serve veterans.  See their website for more information:

ESU member Marjorie Julian with Melissa Spicer, Clear Path founder, president, and CEO.

Melissa Spicer and Ben Carroll

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CBA’s Olivia Moffa Will Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday in Style!

At Saturday's ESU-Syracuse Branch's thirtieth Shakespeare Competition at Syracuse Stage's Archbold Theatre, winner Olivia Moffa, from Christian Brothers Academy, presented Shakespeare's Sonnet 19 and a monologue by Miranda from The Tempest.  Her talent won her a trip to NYC's Lincoln Center, April 23 (Shakespeare's birthday), to participate in the National English-Speaking Union's competition with nearly sixty other nationwide winners for a summer acting experience in London.

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With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare, Madeleine VanRiper  from Skaneateles, NY, a student of Aisha McConochy at Skaneateles High School in Skaneateles, placed as a semi-finalist in the 34th annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition in New York City. The Competition took place on May 1, 2017 on the stage of the Mitzi Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center with 54 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Madeleine previously won the ESU Syracuse Branch competition.

The winner of the 34th English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition, Ogechi Egonu, representing the San Francisco Branch, received a full scholarship to attend the American Shakespeare Center Theatre Camp in Staunton, VA, this summer.  Second place winner, Brandon Burk, from the Kentucky Branch, won a cash prize of $1,000 from The English-Speaking Union, while the third place winner, Trevon Wainwright, representing the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, received an award of $500 provided by The Shakespeare Society.

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