ESU Kansas City Branch

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Dear ESU Members and Guests,

Welcome to our ESU Kansas City Branch website! It is with real pleasure that I serve as Kansas City's 2016 branch president, especially as our branch enters into the exciting events which comprise the Shakespeare 400 celebration! 

Shakespeare tells us in his Sonnet 18. "So long as men can breathe or eyes can see, so long lives this, and this gives life to thee." For four centuries worldwide, human beings' lives have been enriched by the writings from the incomparable genius of Shakespeare. And truly, these marvelous works will continue to elucidate the human condition "as long as men can breathe or eyes can see." 

Kansas City's exciting Shakespeare 400 programming is ongoing throughout May and June!

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News And Events

To Bee or Not to Bee: The Fascinating Language of Dancing Bees

Language is all around us. It appears in human and non-human forms. When some species of non-humans, such as dogs and cats, communicate with us, their owners know exactly what they are telling us. Other animal species, such as bees, have a more complicated language. Honeybee language is complex but fascinating and decoding it has been a challenge. Until now.

Tania Munz, Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, has researched the topic of Honeybee language and began studying the groundbreaking scientific research of Karl von Frisch, an Austrian-born scientist, who studied honeybees as their populations were dying in 1940s Europe. She began working on the project as a PhD student at Princeton University. Her new book, The Dancing Bees: Karl von Frisch and the Discovery of the Honeybee Language, tells the story of how Frisch discovered that honeybees communicate when they dance which challenged the belief that complex communication was solely human behavior.

 

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ESU’s Annual Tea Party Celebrates Shakespeare’s 400 Year Legacy

This year, to commemorate the 400-year legacy of William Shakespeare, the ESU Kansas City Branch is hosting A Shakespeare Tea Party—Celebrating a 400 Year Legacy. All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year. This Shakespeare Tea Party will again be held at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Mo.

Our ESU annual tea parties are very popular and have sold out for the last four years so this year we will have two seatings to accommodate all who want to attend.

 

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ESU Members and Guests-- Celebrate the 31st Annual British Faire

The British Are Coming!  All ESU members and guests are invited to the 31st Annual British Faire and Tea in Shawnee, KS.  This fun event is sponsored by the Daughters of the British Empire in Kansas.  This annual fundraising event benefits retirement communities and local charities.  Some of the events and activities at the British Faire

 

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Gerald Charles Dickens Returns to Kansas City To Perform “A Christmas Carol” In-Person

Charles Dickens' literary masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, continues to shape the way we celebrate Christmas over 150 years after the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits of Christmas first touched hearts in 1843.

It's been two years since our ESU Group attended this wonderful Dickens program. So we are scheduling it again for this winter. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are invited to a group outing to see this special performance by Gerald Charles Dickens—the great-great grandfather of Charles Dickens.

 

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ESU Kansas City Branch Announces the 33rd Annual Shakespeare Competition for all KC Metro Area High Schools

The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union announces its 33rd annual Shakespeare Competition for all Kansas City metro area high schools, grades 9-12. The Branch Semi-Finals will be held at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

The Competition provides teachers with a performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare. High school students recite Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets and compete for the chance to win a trip to New York City to compete in the ESU National Finals at Lincoln Center.

 

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