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Join Us for ESU Happy Hour
Guest Speaker: Ron Whitehead, Outlaw Poet
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Don't miss our  ESU Happy Hour on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central Time. Happy Hour programs are live, online and free. You can register for this Happy Hour program at the link below. Our guest speaker is Ron Whitehead.

Ron Whitehead, Outlaw Poet, will present "Write ON! a feast for your mind and heart. Ron has lived the extraordinary life of a writer, performer, traveler, and activist through his poetic world of unparalleled vision.

 

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Join Our Next Happy Hour:
Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know:
The Brontë Sisters

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Join us for our second ESU Happy Hour on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central Time. Happy Hour programs are free and you can register for this Happy Hour program at the link below. Our guest speaker is Marie Kervin.

Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855)  and her sisters Emily Brontë (1818-1848) and Anne Brontë (1820-1849) have charmed, inspired, and even shocked readers from the Victorian age to the present.  Raised in Haworth, Yorkshire, the three sisters produced such classics as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.  Influenced by British Romantic poets like Wordsworth, Scott, and Byron, the Brontës produced a cast of unforgettable characters such as the devoted governess, Jane Eyre, and the lovers, Heathcliff, Cathy, and Hareton. 

In her Happy Hour session, Marie Kervin will scrutinize the pearl of received wisdom that sisters Charlotte, Anne, & Emily were mild, decorous examples of Victorian womanhood. This lecture will explore the themes of domestic violence, opium addiction, extramarital affairs, alcoholism, necrophilia, sadism and coercive control apparent in the sisters' work. We will be debunking the myth.

 

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ESU's First Happy Hour:
Regency and Gothic Revival:
Architecture of the South
Guest Speaker: Robin B. Williams, PhD.

Join us for our first ESU Happy Hour on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central Time. Happy Hour programs are free and you can register for this Happy Hour program at the link below. Our guest speaker is Robin B. Williams, PhD. He will explore the evolution and diversification of architectural styles during the Regency and early Victorian eras in England and their impact on the United States, particularly in the American South.

The early 19th century represented a period of change and possibilities for the English. An expanding empire, military success over Napoleon and growing industrialization marked the Regency era named after the Prince Regent, the future George IV.

 

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Welcome to ESU Happy Hour Programs

Welcome to ESU's Happy Hours! In this virtual world in which we are living, ESU is looking for ways to connect and reach out to one another and offer programming that is engaging, fun and informative on a wide variety of topics.

Many speakers will provide exciting participation opportunities with fun give away books and products at the end of each program. They may even suggest a unique cocktail for you to create and enjoy at home. After all, it's Happy Hour!

We are excited to bring these online programs to you free of charge using a live Zoom format. You can watch these Happy Hour programs on your desktop, laptop, tablet or even your mobile phone. All Happy Hour programs will be recorded so you can watch a program at a later time if you can't watch it live.

 

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A Message from the Chairman,
English-Speaking Union of the United States
Ambassador Paul Beresford-Hill, CBE

June 8, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the ESU of the US,

When I was about five years of age my parents moved from Dublin to a part of south London called Lewisham. We lived in a small terraced house. My friends on the right were originally from Cyprus, and on the other side, the family was Trinidadian. We were the Irish Catholics in the middle and we were all immigrants. That's what formed our collective identity, and we knew, going to school together, playing in the street, going to the Saturday Films at the local cinema, that we could depend on each other when other children derided us because of our accent or our color. Racism and intolerance are nothing new to humanity, and neither is our collective will to overcome it and seek harmony and peace with each other.  

 

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The English-Speaking Union

Kansas City Branch

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