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News And Events

Let’s Celebrate the 6th Annual British Gala!

Brits International, a Kansas City-based non-profit organization, is hosting their 6th Annual British Gala KC. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome to attend this one-day festival of all-things-British!

The ESU Kansas City Branch will have an information table at the British Gala so be sure to stop by and say hello to our ESU volunteers!  Bring your family and friends as there is something for all ages!

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Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: April 11, 2016


Don't forget about our Kansas City Tea & Literature Club, co-sponsored with the English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch! The next meeting is April 11 from 6:30-8:00 at Se Faire Belle Salon and French Boutique.

The book for this quarter is "The Teahouse Fire" by Ellis Avery and our tea host for the evening is Brenda Hedrick of Anna Marie's Teas. Brenda will talk to us about matcha and we'll sample some. Then we will have some Japanese green teas and treats while we discuss the book! You still have time to read the book, though if you don't think you'll get all the way through, don't let that stop you from participating!

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ESU Kansas City Branch Returns to 12th Annual Fine Arts Education Day at Missouri State Capitol

og:image The ESU Kansas City Branch will again be represented at the Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri, on Thursday, March 31, 2016. The purpose of Fine Arts Education Day is to highlight the importance of fine arts education in Missouri schools.

This program is sponsored by the Missouri Alliance for Arts Education which is a consortium of arts education associations that represent dance, theatre, music and visual art. By joining together, these organizations in Missouri speak with a powerful and unified voice about the importance of the arts in Missouri schools.

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Grace Goheen, Blue Valley High School Senior, Wins First Place in 2016 ESU Kansas City Finals

Grace Goheen, a senior at Blue Valley High School in Overland Park, Kan. won First Place in the Regional Finals of the English-Speaking Union's, Shakespeare Competition in Kansas City, Mo. Her sponsoring teacher was Maureen Davis in Blue Valley's Performing Arts Department. This was the 32nd anniversary of the Shakespeare Competition for the ESU Kansas City Branch.

Over 190 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools as well as a competition for homeschool students sponsored by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. The ESU Kansas City Branch Competition was held on February 28, 2016, at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Kansas City, MO. 

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ESU Holiday Brunch with Featured Speaker: Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Laura Harrison

Join ESU members and Friends of ESU for our Annual Holiday Brunch on Sunday, January 17, 2016. This year our program features a special guest speaker, Dr, Laura Harrison. Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, has selected Dr. Harrison as the Fulbright Award Recipient for the 2015-2016 Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History program. Dr. Harrison received her PhD degree from the University of Leeds, U.K. and will be lecturing in the U.S. and pursuing a writing project at Westminster College on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating worldwide.

Dr. Harrison will present a fascinating historical look at some of the social customs popular with the young British working class circa 1880 to 1920 including the so called Coney Street "monkey run" in York.

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The Midwest Tea Festival & The English-Speaking Union Announce the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club

The Midwest Tea Festival and The English-Speaking Union are co-hosting a quarterly book club called the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club. The goal of the Club is to educate tea connoisseurs in learning about and developing an appreciation for world-class teas. Members of the Club will learn about tea varieties, tea etiquette and tea culture from around the world. "Just because the tea festival is only once a year doesn't mean we stop learning about tea," said Nicole Burriss, founder of the festival. "This club will give an opportunity to tea enthusiasts to broaden their tea education."

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ESU Chairman, Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill Appointed CBE by Queen Elizabeth II

ESU Chairman Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This honorary appointment is given in recognition of Dr. Beresford-Hill's work on behalf of British American Educational and Cultural Exchange and for his professional contributions, over many decades, to international education.

Dr. Paul became Chairman of the English-Speaking Union of the United States in September of 2015, as well as Vice Chairman of the global English-Speaking Union International Council. In April of that year he accepted the English-Speaking Union Founder's Award for his role in creating the ESU National Shakespeare Competition in 1983.

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KC Branch Launches "Gift of Membership" for the Holidays

The Perfect Holiday Gift for Friends:
A Membership in the ESU

Dear ESU Kansas City Members

The holidays will soon be here and if you're looking for a unique gift for that special person who…

  • Loves reading or listening to Shakespeare's works, or 
  • Enjoys stimulating educational lectures by locally and internationally prominent guest speakers on a wide variety of topics, or 
  • Likes to attend plays, concerts and other performing arts programs, or 
  • Enjoys social gatherings such as celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, or 
  • Enjoys participating in volunteer experiences that make a difference in the lives of students and teachers, or 
  • Appreciates the importance of promoting the English language…

Then, what could be a better gift than a special introductory Gift of Membership in our own ESU Kansas City Branch?

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30th Annual British Faire                  Join Us for a Day in the U.K.

All ESU members and guests are invited to the 30th Annual British Faire. This year the Faire is at a new location—Shawnee Civic Center.  It is sponsored by the Daughters of the British Empire in Kansas.  This annual fundraising event benefits retirement communities and local charities.  

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Lecture Program: Dr. Felicia Londré The Questionable Identity of Shakespeare

Dr. Felicia Hardison Londré, B.A., M.A., Ph.D, presents her annual lecture program at UMKC campus on the Shakespeare authorship question.

The free lecture includes a slide presentation surveying the evidence relating to the authorship of the plays and sonnets of the author known as William Shake-speare. Was it William Shaksper of Stratford-upon-Avon or was it Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford?

When: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 3:30 to 4:45 pm
Where: Royall Hall, Room 111 (Stack Auditorium) on UMKC Campus, 800 E. 52nd St., KC. Mo.
Admission: Free, RSVP not necessary

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