The English-Speaking Union

News and Events

Online Happy Hour Series

Welcome to ESU Happy Hour! The ESU has planned a series of programs to connect and reach out to our members through programs that are engaging, fun, and informative on a wide variety of topics. Happy Hour programs bring to you guest speakers live and free of charge.  Speakers may also suggest a unique cocktail for you to create and enjoy at home. These programs are designed so ESU members and guests can learn and interact with our outstanding speakers. Many speakers will provide exciting participation opportunities with fun give away books and products at the end of each program.

We invite members to suggest topics for future ESU Happy Hour Programs at this link. Cheers!

Watch Previously Recorded Programs

Happy Hour Season 2

Wednesday, February 24th from 6:00-7:30 PM (EST)
An Interview about Franklin and Washington—

The Founding Partnership
Edward Larson and Gordon Edes

This ESU Happy Hour program is being co-sponsored by The ESU Boston Branch,
The Athenaeum of Boston and American Ancestors and New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Join moderator and journalist Mr. Gordon Edes for an interview with Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Larson on his dual biography Franklin & Washington - The Founding Partnership. Two of our most notable founding fathers shared a partnership that was key to the independence of the United States. 

Edward Larson is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in History and numerous other awards for writing and teaching, Larson is the author or co-author of fourteen books and over one hundred published articles. A popular lecturer, he has taught short courses at universities in China, Europe, and South America; and given addresses at over 80 American universities. Gordon Edes served five years as the Boston Red Sox historian and strategic communications adviser after a much-decorated career as a sports journalist (Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, National Sports Daily, ESPN). A freshly-minted member of the Boston English-Speaking Union, Mr. Edes currently serves as the moderator of the Great Fenway Park Writers Series, which occupies a unique niche as a literary forum in the world of sports.


Read More                              Register Online Here

Wednesday, March 10th from 4:00-5:00 PM (EST)
Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World

Kathryn Aalto

In a visually-rich and entertaining presentation, New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed speaker Kathryn Aalto introduces her book, Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World.  Taking people behind the scenes into forays up mountains and into castle gardens, Kathryn Aalto celebrates 25 remarkable women with grit and verve whose influential writing helps deepen our connection to and understanding of the natural world. These inspiring wordsmiths are scholars, spiritual seekers, conservationists, scientists, novelists, and explorers. They defy easy categorization, yet they all share a bold authenticity that makes their work both distinct and universal. A great talk for people interested in natural history, nature writing, travel writing, women's history, and more.


Read More                              Register Online Here