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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, 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.


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Wednesday, March 24th from 5:00-6:00 PM (EST)
Celebrating World Poetry Day with the Wick Poetry Center Traveling Stanzas
David Hassler

David Hassler directs the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University. He is the author of two books of poems, including Red Kimono, Yellow Barn, for which he was awarded Ohio Poet of the Year 2006. He is co-editor of the forthcoming book Speak a Powerful Magic: Ten Years of the Traveling Stanzas Poetry Project, which will be published in March 2019 by the Kent State University Press. His play, May 4th Voices: Kent State, 1970, based on the Kent State Shootings Oral History Project, was published in 2013 by the Kent State University Press along with a Teacher's Resource Book. A filmed version of the play that he co-produced received the 2014 Oral History Association's Nonprint Format Award. With photographer Gary Harwood, he is the author of the documentary book titled Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community, which received the Ohioana Book Award and the Carter G. Woodson Honor Book Award, and was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award. 


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