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

Shakespeare Competition 2015

The Syracuse branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States today held its twenty-seventh annual Shakespeare Competition at Syracuse Stage's Archbold Theatre.

Each year area high school students, winners of their local school competitions, recite a monologue and sonnet with the hope of joining sixty other nationwide winners in New York City for ESU's National Competition held this year at the Lincoln Center on April 26-28.  The National winner will receive a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art's Young Actors Summer School in London.  Second and third place winners also receive awards.


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April 18, 2015 - Brunel:The Man Who Changed the World

The English mechanical and civil engineer who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, steam ships, bridges and tunnels, Brunel revolutionized public transport and modern engineering. The Evelyn Wrench Speaker is Robert Hulse, MA Director London's Brunel Museum


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American Plants and English Gardens

November 8, 2014

Americans have long admired English gardens but have been unaware of the influence we have had on them. Lisa and Tim Ballantyne from Ballantyne Gardens Certified Nursery and Landscape Professionals will discuss native American plants, how they influenced English gardens and what that means for our gardens today.


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Holiday Celebration

December 13, 2014

The Yuletide Season is marked with light and lively songs and seasonal favorites in the warmth of the beautifully decorated club. The Silver Notes Barbershop Quartet entertains.


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My Life on Camera

January 10, 2015

Well known for his portrayal of the very popular late night host persona Baron Daemon, which established him in local TV, Mike Price will share memories of his more than forty years in roles ranging from news reporter to weather caster and sports official.


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Syracuse Branch

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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.

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