ESU New Orleans Branch

Welcome to the New Orleans Branch of the ESU

Welcome to the webpage of The English-Speaking Union US, New Orleans Branch! We've been an active Branch for more than 30 years, and have over 100 current memberships, including singles, couples, and the largest number of National Patrons of any ESUUS Branch. 

 Fortunately, we can return to a full schedule of in-person events September through June plus being supplemented in 2021-2022 by the highly successful and interesting virtual ESUUS Happy Hour programs series organized by ESUUS Branches nationwide in 2020-2021 and broadcast monthly by ESUUS headquarters in New York City. 

New Orleans Branch played a kickoff role to this program thanks to Membership and Media Chair Julie Jardine being on the national planning committee and pivoting to provide the first virtual speaker, Robin B. Williams, Ph.D., who had been scheduled for an in-person presentation to the New Orleans Branch on Regency and Gothic Revival Architecture. Branch member and Founder of the National Food and Beverage Foundation, Liz Williams, provided another virtual program for the series about Creole Food: America's Oldest Cuisine.

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News And Events

Annual Christmas Tea

Sunday, December 12th, 2021
Annual Christmas Tea
Windsor Court Hotel Board Room
Time:  3-6pm

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Livestream the 2022 ESU Gala

To be rescheduled - ESU 2022 Gala!


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CANCELED - Welcome Back Party

Unfortunately, due to extenuating COVID-19 issues, the Welcome Back Party scheduled for Thursday, October 21, 2021, is canceled.

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New Orleans Branch Hosts ESU Shakespeare Competition Semi-Finals


We're pleased to announce this years winners:
1st Place: Danielle Garbarino of Mandeville High School
2nd Place: Simon Rucker of Covington High School
3rd Place: Aniya Fields of Lusher Charter School
Pictured right is semi-finals 1st place winner, Danielle Garbarino. Pictured left is participant Birke Gaspard, both from Mandeville High School.
Picture is 2nd place winner, Simon Rucker from Covington High School.
3rd place was awarded to Aniya Fields of Lusher Charter School (picture forthcoming.)

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ESU 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.

Read the full story for a complete listing of the first six speakers in the program!


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