News And Events

News And Events

      The English-Speaking Union is          Committed to Supporting Immigrants             from Around the World

For nearly a century, the English-Speaking Union has employed English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will through educational opportunities and cultural exchange programs.

In today's shrinking world dominated by dollars and digits, unprecedented migration and bloody national borders, the ESU remains committed to improving the lives of new immigrants to the United States.

Since 2013, nearly 1,000 recent immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers from 66 different countries have been welcomed as members of the English-Speaking Union Andrew Romay New Immigrant Center. The Center provides a welcoming environment, resources and information to help immigrants improve their English to explore work and study opportunities, network, pursue citizenship, and acquire cultural fluency in order to participate fully in American society.

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              Sixteen Kansas City Area    High School Students to Compete in  33rd Annual Shakespeare Competition

The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union announces its 33rd 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 19, 2017.

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.

Through the Competition, students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. The Competition has engaged more than 300,000 young people since its inception in 1983.

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

Our Annual Holiday Brunch is just around the corner. Join ESU members and Friends of ESU for this special occasion on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at 12 noon. This year's lecture program features a special guest speaker, Dr. Jonathan Chandler, Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History who is teaching British history this school term at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

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

Dear ESU Kansas City Members—

The ESU Kansas City Branch is offering a special 6-month Holiday ESU Gift of Membership for new members good through June 30, 2017 (the end of our fiscal year) at these discounted introductory rates:

$35 for a Single Membership

$50 for a Couple Membership

If you're looking for a unique gift for that special person who…

● 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, 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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Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club     Quarterly Meeting: January 9, 2017

The next meeting of the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club will be held on Monday, January 9, 2017.  The book is The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Teas will be rooibos and honeybush tisanes along with some orthodox Kenyan black tea served both hot and cold. This Book Club program will include a special African-inspired dinner. Dishes will be a mix of meat and meatless. Please send an email to Nicole Burriss at midwestteafest@gmail.com to confirm your attendance by January 5 to allow planning for dinner. 

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

When: Second Monday of every third month. Next Club meeting: Monday, January 9, 2017

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        ESU Kansas City Branch Salutes                         #Giving Tuesday

  

2016 has been a remarkable year for The English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch. Our educational programs have reached more students, teachers, members and the general public than ever before in our 96 years here in the Kansas City area.

#Giving Tuesday, on November 29, 2016, is an easy way to support the educational programs offered by the Kansas City Branch of the ESU. Your generous support, large or small, is gratefully appreciated.

The English-Speaking Union is a leader in Shakespeare education in America. Our 33rd annual Shakespeare Competition in Kansas City will hold its Branch Finals on February 19, 2017. Through the Competition students develop communication skills and an appreciation of the power of language and literature. Nationwide, the ESU Shakespeare Competition has engaged more than 300,000 young people since its inception.

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  Gerald Charles Dickens Returns to               Kansas City To Perform               “A Christmas Carol” In-Person

Charles Dickens' literary masterpiece, A Christmas Carol, continues to shape the way we celebrate Christmas over 150 years after the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the three spirits of Christmas first touched hearts in 1843.

It's been two years since our ESU Group attended this wonderful Dickens program. So we are scheduling it again for this winter. All ESU members and Friends of ESU are invited to a group outing to see this special performance by Gerald Charles Dickens—the great-great grandfather of Charles Dickens.

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ESU Members and Guests-- Celebrate         the 31st Annual British Faire

The British Are Coming!  All ESU members and guests are invited to the 31st 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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            Dr. Felicia Londré Presents     Annual Lecture on UMKC Campus

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 7, 2016, at Miller Nichols Library, UMKC Campus.

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

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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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