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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, January 27th at 5:00 -6:30 PM (EST)
Private Showing: Churchill and the Movie Mogul

The Untold Story of How Britain's Wartime Prime Minister and
Its Greatest Filmmaker Turned Drama into Victory

Lee Pollock and Justin Reash

Join us for a special private screening of Churchill and the Movie Mogul! Please note, as opposed to Happy Hour events, the screening will not be recorded and will only be shown live.

Winston Churchill was enthralled by movies, arguably more so than any other politician in history, but the true extent of his use of them as a political tool has never been fully explored. In 1934, one of Britain's most celebrated producers, Alexander Korda, signed up Churchill as a screenwriter and historical advisor, and a unique collaboration began. Churchill provided script notes for Korda's productions and also penned an epic screenplay. When war broke out, their collaboration became of immeasurable importance. Korda was sent on a mission to Hollywood with the aim of bringing America into the war, with spectacular results. Using previously undiscovered documents, that mission and the friendship which underpinned it is explored for the first time in an acclaimed documentary by writer-director John Fleet.  


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Wednesday, February 10th at 4:00-5:00 PM (EST)
Creole Food: America's Oldest Cuisine
Liz Williams

Founder of the National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB), Liz William's forty-plus year career spans the professional gamut beginning with a BA in English and a JD from Louisiana State University.  Williams was inspired by her upbringing in New Orleans in a family of Sicilian descent. She grew up with an appreciation of cultural influences, having experienced cuisine that was derived from two strong culinary traditions.  In Creole Food: America's Oldest Cuisine, Liz will explore why a cuisine developed in New Orleans and how it continues to evolve. The people of 3 continents that came together in early America - North America, Europe and Africa - came together in many places, bringing their foodways and culture into elbow-rubbing distance of each other. But in most places those 3 influences produced signature dishes of the area. In New Orleans those 3 influences forged a new cuisine. We will talk about why. 


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Wednesday, February 27th 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 The New England 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.


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