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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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2017 Annual Conference - Louisville, KY Oct 28-30

The English-Speaking Union welcomes all members for a weekend in Louisville, Kentucky October 28-30 for the 2017 Annual Conference. This year's conference will further develop and define English in Action as the banner under which the ESU employs English as a medium for peace and understanding in a shrinking, turbulent world. It will include presentations, speakers, social events, camaraderie and updates on our efforts nationwide to fulfill our programs supporting teachers, students and recent immigrants. The cost of the conference is $370 with an optional day of events for $100.

The venue for the conference will be the legendary Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. A centerpiece of Louisville since its construction in 1923, The Brown will provide an elegant and historic foreground to the weekend's proceedings.  Register here. 

 

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Experience Shakespeare Live in his Home Town this Holiday Season!

In this rich ESU Travel and Learn experience, explore the language and world of Shakespeare through four Royal Shakespeare Company theater performances, lectures with eminent scholars, and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and museum visits. You will also have time to explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the shops and Christmas Market that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today. It's an unforgettable week in Shakespeare's hometown tailored for ESU members, teachers and friends.

This is a unique opportunity for ESU members, Friends of ESU and teachers. The cost of this one-week ESU Travel and Learn Abroad program is very affordable for all that's included. If you are a teacher, the ESU will provide professional development contact hours (approx. 30-40 hours) and credit and will receive a certificate of attendance. Don't miss this exciting adventure in travel to England just before the holidays!

 

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                      Join Our Annual            ESU Queen’s Birthday Tea Party

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year—our annual Queen's Tea. Not only will we be celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday but we will also celebrate the Queen and Prince Phillip's 70th wedding anniversary this year. This will be an ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen!

Our ESU annual tea parties are very popular and have sold out for the last five years and we will have two seatings to accommodate all who want to attend.

 

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