About Us & Activities

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.


President's Message

The ESU Sandhills Chapter is pleased to bring you the 2017-2018 Season. 

Within this brochure, you will find complete descriptions of the season's speakers and events. Our Program Committee has done an excellent job putting together a wide variety of topics ...from outer space to cyberspace, from foreign policy and climate change to archaeology and history. 


History of the ESU

The English-Speaking Union of the United States was created to fulfill a mission.  It was formally organized in the United States in 1920 and arose from the conviction of its founder, Sir Evelyn Wrench and a group of like-minded American and British friends, that maintenance of the close personal and national ties forged during World War I was necessary for the preservation of peace. He imagined the ESU as an inclusive organization "founded in no narrow attitude of race pride, in no spirit of hostility to any people."  Its educational mission would be carried out by a host of activities allowing for personal contact between peoples at every level.

Our Activities


Middle School Debate

Shakespeare Competition

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

Student of the Month

Churchill Discussion Group

International Affairs Discussion Group

Roosevelt Discussion Group