ESU New York City Branch

Message from the New York Branch

Dear Fellow New York Branch Members,

We begin a new year, having enjoyed a busy fall season that was topped off by a wild and wildly successful Yuletide Party, again co-sponsored by the British Schools and Universities Club. The event took place at the ESU on Thursday, December 7, 2017, attracting a diverse crowd who enjoyed an open bar, buffet meal, carolling, and a memorable performance of the panto Little Red Riding Hood.  With such success under our belt, we have booked next year's (already this year's) Yuletide Party for December 6, mark your calendar. 

Now, like all New Yorkers, we are emerging from a deep freeze that took all of us by surprise.  Along with the cold, many of us have been suffering from a cold or the flu.  But, to brighten things up, the Branch is working on scheduling a number of lectures, theater evenings, staged readings, a poetry evening, book discussions, a Beatles night, and possibly a tea in addition to sponsoring the New York semi finals and finals for the English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition as well as seeking out appropriate candidates--high school teachers--for scholarship awards that cover costs of summer study in the United Kingdom.  In the meantime, the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth (Dartmouth House) is preparing its centenary celebration with a week of activities in London during May, the week prior to the next royal wedding.  And we, the ESU, with an eye toward our anniversary,are beginning to make plans for our centennial in 2020.  This year's annual general meeting, scheduled for New Orleans in late November, may very well be the kick off for those celebrations.

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News And Events

Dining with Mr. Darcy: A Look at Georgian and Regency Food

Monday, May 21, 2018
6:30 p.m.
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016

Dining with Mr. Darcy is an overview of the food world throughout the Georgian period and the Regency. The 18th century witnessed great changes in all forms of social life from the growth of the middle class, the of rise industrialization, to a rapid increase on the consumption of new luxury goods. Middle and upper class Georgian tables groaned with succulent roasts, savory puddings, and luscious desserts. With a special  focus on the writings of Jane Austen and food as presented in her novels, Raymond discusses in detail what was and wasn't on Georgian tables, how it was cooked, as well as new inventions in the kitchen and garden, and even what Jane and her family cooked and ate themselves. Most of all, this talk will consider what one might have encountered should one have had the coveted opportunity to share a meal with Mr. Darcy, himself.

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Margaret Thatcher: Britain Transformed - A Lecture by Noel Sloan

Thursday, April 5, 2018

6:30 p.m.

The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39
th Street, New York City

Margaret Thatcher was one of the outstanding leaders of the 20th century: she had a radical vision and implemented it. She changed Britain so much that even her opponents came to adopt her policies, and some of her ideas have been implemented by countries around the world.  

In the 1970s, Britain was regarded as the "sick man of Europe," a country whose governments were unable to address the problems of a weak economy and industrial unrest. Under Thatcher's leadership, Britain's economy, by the end of the 1980s, had become a model for other countries to copy. Once again Britain's influence was felt around the world. Her achievements include cutting income tax rates while also reducing public debt, privatizing state-owned businesses, taming militant trade unions, and contributing to the collapse of Soviet communism.

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Amateur Comedy Club: The Underpants

This event is sold out. Please contact Ed Mohylowski at 212-818-1200 ext. 218 to be place on the wait list. 


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Yuletide Party

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Rebecca Fraser - The Mayflower: The Families, the Voyage and the Founding of America

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