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

Libraries in the Digital Age

September 12, 2015

Major renovations to the Central Library at the Galleries in Syracuse reflect the speed with which evolving technology and societal changes create needs that educational facilities are rushing to fill. Presented by, Susan Mitchell, Executive Director, Onondaga Public Library System.


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Challenges to Higher Education

October 10, 2015

Linda LaMura,President of LeMoyne College, is the first female lay president of Jesuit Higher Education anywhere in the world. She faces more hurdles than the traditional university don, but tackles them head on with faith, commitment, and energy.


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Harriet Tubman:American Icon

November 14, 2015

In a campaign to replace the face of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with that of a woman, Harriet Tubman has emerged as a popular contender. Born a slave, she became one of the leading abolitionists before the Civil War and worked tirelessly on the Underground Railroad. Syracuse University, Milton C. Sernett, Professor Emeritus History and African-American Studies, presents.


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Follow Me in Merry Measure:A Musical Program of Yuletide Treasures

December 12, 2015

Join us for some holiday cheer and a live musical program of popular Christmas carols and other holiday selections by professional musicians at the beautifully decorated venue. Michael Connor,Tenor and Nancy James, Piano.


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The Heritage of The Hotel Syracuse

January 9, 2016

Marriot Downtown Syracuse, formerly known as the Hotel Syracuse, built in 1924 and closed in 2004, is currently being restored for a planned reopening in March 2016. Acquired in 2014 by Ed Riley the Pyramid Hotel Group, it will have all major historic spaces returned to their former glory.

Dennis J. Connors, Curator Onondaga Historical Association, presents


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The English-Speaking Union

Syracuse Branch

Welcome to the ESU

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.

To find out more about our programs click here.