ESU Princeton Branch

A Message from the Princeton Branch President

WELCOME to the Princeton Branch of the English-Speaking Union! The Branch is one of 68 local branches of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, a non-profit, non-political, educational organization formally organized in 1920. It shares a mission with over 50 nations with English-Speaking Union organizations, both in the developed and developing world and its primary goal is one of educational outreach and the usage of the English language to promote international understanding, friendship and goodwill. English is the international language of business, travel and technology and offers different races and cultures a means of shared communication.

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News And Events

Princeton Events 2021-2022

All talks will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM and accessed via Zoom. Talks are open to all members, and new members are welcome.

September 19, 2021 - Bill Peschel
Bill Peschel, award-winning journalist, and mystery expert will discuss Agatha Christie's early years and how they influenced her writing.

October 10, 2021 – The Mitford Sisters
The Mitford siblings were startlingly accomplished and frequently scandalous. Ron Schnur will tell us who these people were and what their lives might tell us about celebrity, Englishness, and class.

November 14, 2021 – Ian Flemming
Noted biographer, Andrew Lycett, will discuss the man who gave us James Bond and lived a life nearly as dashing as his creation.

December 12, 2021 – Nine Lessons and Carols
Enjoy the holiday season by learning about one of its most cherished traditions with distinguished musicians and early music historians, Sheldon Eldridge and John Burkhalter.

January 16, 2022 – The Psychology of Alfred Hitchcock
Christopher Ludovici will explore the connection between plot and the protagonist's state of mind, whether ambivalence, resentment, voyeurism, or paranoia, in Hitchcock's films.

February 20, 2022 – Annual Shakespeare Competition
High school thespians from New Jersey will compete for a chance to go to the National Shakespeare Competition in New York City and the opportunity to study Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre in London.

March 13, 2022 – The Sport of Cricket
Break out the Pimms and imagine the thwack of leather on willow as local cricket enthusiast Vineet Anand talks about the ever-popular sport of cricket.

April 24, 2022 – The Scottish Enlightenment
Peter Smith will take us to 18th-Century Edinburgh where ideas that arose in science and philosophy revolutionized the world and still influence us.

May, day TBA -- The Humor of Jonathan Swift
Did you know that the author of Gulliver's Travelers had a day job as an Anglican priest—and that he loved a good practical joke? David Venturo, professor of English at the College of New Jersey, will explore the humorous side of the author of Gulliver's Travels.

 

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