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Dolley Madison to visit the ESU

ESU speakers season lineup 2019-20

Oct. 17: Dr. George Hillard
There is scarcely a nation on earth with the variety of architecture when it comes to churches and cathedrals as England. We owe that to the countless different tribes that settled there as far back as 43 A.D., with many structures still surviving today. You’ll be wowed by Dr. Hillard’s vivid images and accompanying historic perspective.

Nov. 21: Dr. Elliot Engel
Dr. Engel thinks Charles Dickens has gotten short shrift. As great as Dickens’ literary reputation is, Dr. Engel plans to show us in an often humor-filled presentation “A Dickens of a Christmas” that the author’s life and writing career were far more fascinating than any of the characters he created.

Jan. 23: Dr. Jonathon Gardner
It’s the age-old question: where did we come from? Dr. Gardner’s presentation on “Finding Our Origins with the Hubble and James Webb Telescopes” will provide startling new information on the birth of our universe and where we might be headed.

Feb. 20: Dr. Dennis Dimick
Based on his many years with National Geographic Magazine, Dr. Dimick presents a fast-moving, vivid slide show that explores how we can create a more balanced future for ourselves and our planet in the face of a growing population, pollution, and demand for food and energy.

March 19: Castlebay
Sit back and enjoy this marvelously talented duo as they bring us the music of Ireland, Scotland, and New England… blending history, legend, and experience into their performances with harp, guitar, fiddle, and woodwinds.

April 23: Dr. Francis Koster
If you think climate change/global warming is a more recent concept, Dr. Koster will shatter that idea as he reveals how heated national policy debates have swirled around the impact of climate science on our quality of life for at least a half century.

To join or learn more, visit: https://www.esuus.org/salisbury or call 704-216-2660.

Dolley Payne, born in New Garden, (now Greensboro), Guilford County, returns to North Carolina September 12, and will be hosted by the English Speaking Union. Accompanying her will be her husband, President James Madison, the fourth one to hold that office between 1808 and 1817.

Filling in for the two and discussing life in the White House during that period will be Bryan Austin and Michelle Greensmith. Austin is an actor, writer and director who is an expert at bringing the past to life. He has travelled the country bringing a patchwork of styles and genres of the theater to the stage.

For the past eight years, he has portrayed James Madison for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Standing in for Dolley, Greensmith has worked in theater since age 13. She takes great pride in telling stories and her Masters Degree in Fine Arts equips her to portray incredible women and bring history to life.

Bryan Austin as James Madison

Come join us on September 12 at the Salisbury Country Club and see how Dolley, in her First Lady role, was able to create the idea that members of each party could negotiate with each other without resulting in violence. Maybe she had some ideas that would help our two-party system today.

Come as a one-time guest to experience the caliber of our programs and consider joining our organization. Contact Gerry Wood at gwood@gerrywoodauto.com or call  704-216-2660 for reservations.

RSVP by Monday, Sept. 9. Visit https://www.esuus.org/Salisbury for more information.

Annual membership: $50/single $90/couple (One-time waiver for new attendees!) • Dinner fee: $32/pp at the Country Club of Salisbury • Time: 6:30 cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. presentation •

The Salisbury Branch of The English-Speaking Union is a non-profit, non-political  membership organization whose mission is to promote scholarship and the advancement of knowledge through the effective use of English in an expanding global community.


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