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Dear ESU Members and Friends,

2016 was an exciting and special year for the ESU Kansas City Branch. The commemorations celebrating the 400-year legacy of William Shakespeare were so well received by members, friends of ESU and the general public. Our president in 2016, Deborah McArdle, lead the Kansas City Branch in all of our special Shakespeare 400 events and her enthusiasm set the tone for all of our programs. A well-deserved salute to Deborah for an extraordinary year as our president!

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News And Events

Sixteen Kansas City Area High School Students to Compete in 33rd Annual Shakespeare Competition

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.

Through the Competition, students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. The Competition has engaged more than 300,000 young people since its inception in 1983.

 

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          Remembering Andrew Romay                         1922 to 2017

The Board and staff of the English-Speaking Union, with sorrow and sincere gratitude, remember the life and work of our beloved benefactor Dr. Andrew Romay, who passed away early this morning, February 10, 2017. 

Andrew Romay's favorite project was the program that is named for him, the English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center (ARNIC), and he wanted it to be his legacy for many years to come. Please support ARNIC today to honor Andrew Romay's memory and his wishes, donate here. 

 

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The English-Speaking Union is Committed to Supporting Immigrants from Around the World

For nearly a century, the English-Speaking Union has employed English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will through educational opportunities and cultural exchange programs.

In today's shrinking world dominated by dollars and digits, unprecedented migration and bloody national borders, the ESU remains committed to improving the lives of new immigrants to the United States.

Since 2013, nearly 1,000 recent immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from 66 different countries have been welcomed as members of the English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center. The Center provides a welcoming environment, resources and information to help immigrants improve their English to explore work and study opportunities, network, pursue citizenship, and acquire cultural fluency in order to participate fully in American society.

 

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Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: April 10, 2017

Mark your calendar for the next meeting of the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club on Monday, April 10, 2017. The book is The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. The tea tradition we will be partaking of is English and as such we will have a light supper of assorted tea sandwiches and scones. We will be reading aloud from The Importance of Being Earnest! 

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome and encouraged to attend our quarterly Tea & Literature Club.

When: Second Monday of every third month. Next Club meeting: Monday, April 10, 2017

Time: 6:30-8:00 PM

 

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ESU Kansas City’s Holiday Brunch & Annual Meeting Announced—Mark Your Calendar!

Our Annual Holiday Brunch is just around the corner. Join ESU members and Friends of ESU for this special occasion on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 12 noon. This year's lecture program features a special guest speaker, Dr. Jonathan Chandler, Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History who is teaching British history this school term at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

Born in Kent, England, Dr. Chandler toyed with becoming, in his words, "a penniless jazz musician" before beginning a close affiliation with University College London (UCL) where he completed his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in history. Dr. Chandler's extensive research and study in colonial and revolutionary North America is certain to bring a fascinating lecture program to our annual ESU Holiday Brunch.

 

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