ESU Kansas City Branch

Welcome to the Kansas City Branch of the ESU

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

Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: October 10, 2016

The next meeting of the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016. The Region for this meeting is Africa. The book is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad; tea host is Nicole Burriss and teas provided by JusTea.

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


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A British Lord Coming to Kansas City To Celebrate History

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 at a luncheon on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Carriage Club in Kansas City, MO.

This lecture program is part of the formal celebration of the 70th anniversary of Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, given March 5, 1946, at Westminster College, Fulton, MO., with U.S. President Harry S. Truman in attendance. This program is sponsored by the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College, Fulton, MO.


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

Save the date! Our annual ESU Holiday Brunch and Annual Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 15, 2017. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Chandler, Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History from Westminster College.

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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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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