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ESU Annual Conference
Setting English in Action for a New Century
New Orleans, Louisiana

November 17-19, 2018 

The English-Speaking Union welcomes all members to New Orleans, Louisiana, November 17-19 for the 2018 Annual Conference. This year's conference will continue to develop and define English in Action as the banner under which the ESU employs English in its second century as a catalyst for peace and understanding in a shrinking, turbulent world.

 It will include the ESU 2018 Annual General Meeting, workshops, lectures, social events, updates and camaraderie to advance our nationwide efforts to conduct our programs supporting teachers, students and recent immigrants. The conference cost is $475 with an optional plantation tour for $130. Information on an optional concert with Dr. Quinn Peeper, ESU President, at the piano with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, including discount code for conferees, will be forthcoming. Register here 

The National Patrons Reception will take place at Longue Vue Gardens, a historic house museum and associated gardens in the Lakewood neighborhood of New Orleans on Sunday, November 18 from 5-7 pm.  

Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 17

  • Registration: 8 am-4 pm
  • National Board of Directors Meeting: 9 am-12 pm
  • Board & Branch Officers' Luncheon: 12-1:30 pm
  • Board & Branch Officers' Conclave: 1:30-4 pm
  • Evening Optional Event: 7 pm
    ESU New Orleans Concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra at the Orpheum Theater

Sunday, November 18 

  • Registration: 8-9 am
  • Brunch with Keynote Speaker: 10:30 am-12 pm
  • Annual General Meeting 1-4 pm
  • National Patron Reception Longue Vue Gardens: 5 pm

Monday, November 19

  • Optional Plantation Tour - $130 p.p.
  • Depart: 8 am
  • San Francisco Plantation Guided Tour: 9:30-11:00 am
  • Lunch at Oak Alley Plantation: Noon
  • Guided Tour of Oak Plantation: 1-2 pm
  • Return to New Orleans: 4 pm


Our conference venue will be the Wyndham Garden New Orleans Baronne Plaza Hotel, located at 201 Baronne Street--one block from Canal Street and the French Quarter and two blocks from the historic Orpheum Theater. Originally a Sears Department Store, it was constructed in 1931 in the Art Deco style. Accommodations are available at a special rate of $150 per night plus taxes for double or single rooms. To make a reservation, call 1-504-522-0083 by October 16 and mention the English-Speaking Union room block.


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