ESU Kansas City Branch

                         Welcome to                          the Kansas City Branch of the ESU

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

Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Brunch

Our Annual Holiday Brunch is just around the corner. Join ESU members and Friends of ESU for this special occasion on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 12 noon. This year's lecture program features a special guest speaker, Timothy Riley, Director and Chief Curator of the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College, Fulton, Mo.

 

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Kansas City Area High School Students to Compete in 34th Annual Shakespeare Competition

The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union announces its 34th 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 25, 2018.

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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ESU Lecture and Tea with a British Lord

The Rt. Hon. Lord Alan Watson, award-winning BBC broadcaster, Vice President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth (UK), and acclaimed author, will give a lecture on Friday, November 10, 2017, and Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, MO. Both lectures will be preceded by a full English Tea. Lord Watson's lectures and teas are sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch. The public is cordially invited to attend this lecture and tea program. Details below.

Lord Watson's lecture is inspired by his newly published book, "Churchill's Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World." He will describe how Winston Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration of Europe through two key speeches in 1946. Having first helped bring victory to the Allies in 1945, Churchill went on to preserve the freedom of the world by gaining the support of the United States in the restoration of Europe.

 

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ESU Members and Guests-- Celebrate the 32 nd Annual British Faire

The British Are Coming!  All ESU members and guests are invited to the 32nd 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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The Questionable Identity of William Shakespeare

The question may be met with chagrin by traditionalists, but to some, the identity of William Shakespeare is not positively decided. Dr. Felicia Hardison Londré, Ph.D, presents a thought-provoking analysis on the Shakespeare authorship question. This free lecture program is at 3:30 pm on Monday, November 6, 2017, at Miller Nichols Library Learning Center, Room 452, UMKC Campus.

Was it William Shaksper of Stratford-upon-Avon or Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford or some other playwright of the time? Dr. Londré delves into the sensitive question of authorship in an illustrated presentation.

 

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