ESU Princeton Branch

A Message from the Princeton Branch President

WELCOME to the Princeton Branch of the English-Speaking Union! The Branch is one of 68 local branches of the English-Speaking Union of the United States, a non-profit, non-political, educational organization formally organized in 1920. It shares a mission with over 50 nations with English-Speaking Union organizations, both in the developed and developing world and its primary goal is one of educational outreach and the usage of the English language to promote international understanding, friendship and goodwill. English is the international language of business, travel and technology and offers different races and cultures a means of shared communication.

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News And Events

Women Explorers of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras

The ESU-Princeton Branch Presents: 
A Talk on Women Explorers of the Victorian and Edwardian Eras

The Middle East captured the popular imagination of England of the Victorian and Edwardian eras, and held a special allure for three women famous for their brains and courage: Lady Hester Stanhope, Lady Jane Digby, and Gertrude Bell, CBE. The exploits of these women explorers will be the topic of a talk by Ronald Schnur at the April 28th meeting of the English-Speaking Union of Princeton. Mr. Schnur is a popular presenter, whose talks to the ESU-Princeton never fail to educate and entertain.  He is a long-time Princeton resident, who, with his wife, Sandy, has traveled through Great Britain on numerous occasions.   

The talk will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2024, at the Center for Modern Aging, Princeton, 101 Poor Farm Road, Princeton, NJ.  The public is welcome to attend.  There is no charge for the talk, and refreshments will be served afterwards.  Questions? Email:


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The ESU-Princeton Branch Presents: A Talk on Contemporary South African Literature by Dr. Mindi McMann

Dr. Mindi McMann will explore the impact of occupation on ordinary inhabitants' self-perception and life opportunities as expressed in contemporary South African literature. The talk will be held on Sunday, March 3, at 3:00 pm, at the Center for Modern Aging, 101 Poor Farm Road, Princeton, NJ.

Dr. Mindi McMann is an associate professor of English literature at the College of New Jersey.


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Princeton Branch Shakespeare Competition

Princeton Branch Shakespeare Competition

On Sunday, February 25, the annual Shakespeare competition will be held by the Princeton Branch of the English-Speaking Union. The competition will begin at 3:00 p.m., and takes place in the Ding Music Hall on the campus of the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. All ESU members and the public are welcome to attend.  Refreshments will be served following the performances. Approximately a dozen schools will participate, with each student performing a soliloquy and a sonnet.  The winner of the competition will progress to the National Shakespeare Competition on April 15, 2024, at Lincoln Center in New York City.  


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The National Shakespeare Competition Starts Now!

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We are pleased to announce the kick-off of the ESU's National Shakespeare Competition! Schools in our region may enter now, giving students the opportunity to compete in The Princeton Branch Competition.  The winner of the branch competition will travel to NYC to compete in the national finals at Lincoln Center!  


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The Landscape of Scotland with Dr. Peter Smith

The English-Speaking Union 
Princeton Branch Presents:

The Landscape of Scotland
with Dr. Peter Smith

October 29th, 3:00 PM

Scotland is a small country with a dramatic variety of landscapes - from the mountains and islands of the northwest to the central lowlands. We will review the numerous interesting features here (with many examples) and the underlying forces that give us such a rich history – for example, the great faults that shape the country. Movies and reading materials will be recommended for further study by past and future visitors.

Dr Peter M. Smith is Scottish born and educated although he has lived in the USA for over 40 years, working in the Pharma industry as a project manager. He is married with two grown children and lives in Princeton. He has a strong love for his native Scottish landscape which he knows well. In this presentation, he will review the great forces which have given us these magnificent views with many examples.

TIME: 3.00 PM

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