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Online Happy Hour Series

Welcome to ESU Happy Hour! The ESU has planned a series of programs to connect and reach out to our members through programs that are engaging, fun, and informative on a wide variety of topics. Happy Hour programs bring to you guest speakers live and free of charge.  Speakers may also suggest a unique cocktail for you to create and enjoy at home. These programs are designed so ESU members and guests can learn and interact with our outstanding speakers. Many speakers will provide exciting participation opportunities with fun give away books and products at the end of each program.

We invite members to suggest topics for future ESU Happy Hour Programs at this link. Cheers!

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Happy Hour Season 3

Wednesday, July 28 from 5:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT)
Most of Frederic W. Schwartz, Jr.'s Seven Ages of Membership in The English-Speaking Union, with apologies to Wm. Shakespeare
Frederic Schwartz

Frederic W. Schwartz, Jr. was invited in 1964 to join the Providence Branch of The English-Speaking Union after he returned from an idyllic summer at Balliol reading metaphysical poetry under the tutelage of a great-great-great cousin of William Wordsworth and drinking too much sherry. Never having been invited to join anything previously, he accepted. When he went off to law school in Boston (unfortunately not Cambridge) he became a member of the infamous Boston Branch (you'll find out why) and often frequented its townhouse. After law school he joined the Government and the Washington Branch almost simultaneously, and served as President for two terms (the Branch, not the United States). He was also tasked with inventing and organizing events meant to garner press attention (like The English-Speaking Union Regatta on the Potomac for Canoes) and more substantive programs, many of which will be revealed during his presentation. He was also a member of the ESU National Board for several terms and was a presenter at a number of National AGMs where people who knew what they were talking about generously said he did too. He approaches his sixtieth year as an ESU member entwined, encouraged and occasionally enthralled by its activities and the opportunities it presents to further its goals.

He still drinks too much Sherry, and that is the libation required for this jolly hour.


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