ESU Kansas City Branch

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Join Us as We Celebrate 100 Years in Kansas City


Dear ESU KC Members and Friends, 

Due to increasing concerns and uncertainty over the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak and government orders, we are postponing or canceling upcoming ESU programs and events for the foreseeable future as well as the ESU Kansas City Branch's participation in events sponsored by other organizations with the exception of digital/virtual programming. We may reschedule certain programs when we are advised by governmental authorities that it is safe to do so. Here is the current status of upcoming ESU programs:

  • Sir Christopher Hum Lecture—Postponed. Watch our website: for updates.

  • English in Action Conversations—Weekly sessions postponed while the Kansas City Public Library branches are closed. 

  • ESU National Shakespeare Competition Finals in New York City—The in-person competitions will now take place as virtual competitions over the internet, offering some exciting additions to this year's national competition, including allowing ESU members the opportunity to participate and vote for the winners.  Watch the national ESU website for details and updates on any changes to the competition:

Watch for additional events planned for later in the year. These are difficult times for all of us. As always, we thank you for your continued support and wish you and your family the best of health.

Best regards,
Dan Bukovac
English-Speaking Union
Kansas City Branch

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News And Events

You Are Invited to a Virtual Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" Speech

Churchill Warned Against the Dangers of the "Iron Curtain"

America's National Churchill Museum will commemorate the 75th anniversary of Winston Churchill's "Sinews of Peace" address, commonly known as the "Iron Curtain" speech, on March 5-6, 2021, when the world will be invited to a free, virtual commemoration, live from the campus of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. Dignitaries, leaders, and members of the Churchill family will participate from all parts of the world for what promises to be a memorable celebration.

The livestreamed program will begin on Friday, March 5 at 10:00 am (CST) and events will continue until 3 pm (CST). 

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ESU Kansas City Branch Announces 10 Schools in 37th Annual 2021 Shakespeare Competition

The ESU Kansas City Branch is pleased to announce that ten area high schools have entered the 2021 Shakespeare Competition. This year will be the first that the ESU Kansas City Branch is holding a virtual Shakespeare Competition due to COVID-19 restrictions. Each winner of a school competition will record a performance of a monologue from one of Shakespeare's plays and one of Shakespeare's sonnets, and three Kansas City Branch judges will view those videos to select the Branch winner to represent the Kansas City area in the ESU national competition. In 2020, the ESU national competition used this video format for the first time.

Congratulations to these schools and their teachers for their perseverance, and best of luck to all of the students competing in their school competitions

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Register Your High School for Kansas City's

37th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Deadline for Schools to Register: February 8, 2021


All Kansas City area high schools are invited to our 37th annual Shakespeare Competition. The Competition is open to all high school students grades 9-12. Homeschool students are also welcome to enter. If you are a Theatre, English, Forensics or Debate teacher, we encourage you to enter your school in this exciting competition.

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based education program in which high school students read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespeare's works. Since 1983, the competition has helped more than 400,000 young students develop communication skills and an appreciation for language and literature. 

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 ESU Kansas City's Centennial Celebration Continues 

Author Karla Deel Tells All in Her Book  "Storied & Scandalous Kansas City"

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:30 pm.

Don't miss this special online ESU Kansas City Annual Meeting and lecture program on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:30 pm. The guest speaker for our ESU Annual Meeting is author and publisher Karla Deel. Her book, "Storied & Scandalous Kansas City—A History of Corruption, Mischief and a Whole Lot of Booze," is an in-depth account of how Kansas City operated in its early days with mobsters, bootleggers, madams, political bosses, and raucous entertainers who truly brought the party to the plains. We can't celebrate with our usual Holiday Brunch this year, but we can hold up a glass and toast to a better and brighter 2021. Read More


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Help Us Celebrate 100 Years in Kansas City with a Generous Donation On Giving Tuesday and During the Month of December

Giving Tuesday is a day the whole world comes together to highlight the work nonprofit organizations bring to their communities. It's a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.

At a time when we are all experiencing the sacrifices of a worldwide pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races and faiths together across the globe.

The English-Speaking Union is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the greater Kansas City area. Founded in 1920, we are celebrating our centennial this year as we continue to bring educational programs to students, educators, immigrants, lifelong learners and our members.


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