ESU Syracuse Branch

A Message from the Syracuse Branch President

Established in 1948, The Syracuse Branch of the English-Speaking Union is a very active group. Our programs reflect our members who are spirited, thoughtful and concerned about intercultural and international communications. They share a genuine interest in people and community affairs. The Syracuse Branch meets the second Saturday of each month - September through May - at a private club.

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News And Events

The Mayflower Sailed from London

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Robert Hulse, Director
London's Brunel Museum
Evelyn Wrench Speaker 

Last year's Wrench Speaker returns for a special visit to explain how the legendary ship actually began its perilous voyage to an unknown land at  Rotherhithe, just down the Thames from his Museum, and finds parallels to Shakespeare's great fantasy, The Tempest. 


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Sydney Jones Wins With Shakespeare


On March 5, Sydney Jones of Altmar-Parish-Williamstown High School and eighteen other high school students joined the English-Speaking Union's worldwide celebration of Shakespeare's 400-year legacy.  At ESU-Syracuse Branch's twenty-eighth Shakespeare Competition at Syracuse Stage's Archbold Theatre, winner Sydney Jones presented Shakespeare's Sonnet 57 and a monologue by Isabella from Measure for Measure

Catie Kobland of Liverpool High School won second place and Daniel Kelly of Christian Brothers Academy, third.  Honorable mention was awarded to Elijah Harper from Cazenovia; Lydia Kelly, of Manlius Pebble Hill; and Connor Coleman, of Union Springs.


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Area High School Students Celebrate 400 Years of Shakespeare!

The Syracuse Branch is joining the English-Speaking Union's worldwide celebration of Shakespeare's 400-year legacy by holding its twenty-eighth annual Shakespeare Competition.  The event occurs on Saturday, March 5 from 9:00 AM until noon at Archbold Theatre of Syracuse Stage.  It is made possible by the generous support of The Allyn Foundation and The Richard Mather Fund and by the members of ESU's Syracuse Branch.


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Shakespeare came alive in Syracuse on November 13!

Under the enthusiastic guidance of Folger Master Teacher Michael Klein and in the dramatic ambiance of LeMoyne College's Performing Arts Center, twenty-seven high school English teachers became performers in the teaching of Shakespeare.

Oh, the fun!  Initially, Mike, using passages from eight Shakespearean plays and from other literature as well, set the stage for each of ten strategies.  Small groups of teachers would then develop a plan using that technique for a scene and then act out that plan, thereby creating a model that they could take to their classrooms. 


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Shakespeare Is Alive and Well in Central New York!

"Shakespeare 400" marks the year-long international celebration of William Shakespeare's legacy (1616-2016), and ESU's Syracuse Branch is participating with two major events.

A Shakespeare Teacher Workshop takes place Friday, November 13, at LeMoyne College.  Made possible through the cooperative efforts of ESU and The Folger Shakespeare Library, the day-long program is available to area high school English teachers and features Michael Klein, Master Teacher from The Folger Shakespeare Library.  Registration is online at  JoAnn Wallace can answer local questions at


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