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News And Events

Gerald Charles Dickens presents “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.

The ESU Kansas City Branch invites members and Friends of ESU to a group outing to see this special performance by Gerald Charles Dickens.

When: Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Where: The Pavilion at John Knox Village
             520 NW Murray Rd, Lee's Summit, MO
             Click here for map

Time: 7:00 pm (Show time approximately one hour)

Watch video preview:  Click here

Admission: Free, however, RSVP required. Click here to RSVP online or call (816) 524-0567

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29th Annual British Faire

The ESU Kansas City Branch joined 40 other vendors at the 29th Annual British Faire in Lenexa, KS on Saturday, November 15, 2014.  Many purveyors of British goods and services were displaying their merchandise including food, cheese, tea, Celtic & Scottish jewelry, antiques, books and holiday goods. There was a traditional British Afternoon Tea that sold out for six sittings.

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The Questionable Identity of William Shakespeare

When: Monday, November 10, 2014
Time: 3:30 to 4:45 pm
Where: Royall Hall, Room 111 on UMKC Campus, 800 E. 52nd St., KC. Mo.
Admission: Free, RSVP not necessary
Parking: Metered visitor parking south of Royall Hall. Click here to see a map for parking.  Click on the map image to view a full-size map. The yellow block labelled A44 is the best place to park.  The metered parking fee is nominal.

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Last Will. & Testament – A Repeat Screening of the Documentary Film

When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm--snacks; 6:30 pm—film;
8:00 pm--discussion
Where: KC Public Library, 4801 Main St.
Cohen Room, lower level
Admission: Free.  Please call
Deborah McArdle at (913) 492-8753 to RSVP

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Meet the Past with Ernest Hemingway

Mark the centennial of Union Station and be part of the studio audience when KCPT's Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III returns for a conversation with a young, brash, and bold Ernest Hemingway, portrayed by local actor Rusty Sneary, at Union Station's Regnier Extreme Screen Theater.

Hemingway credited The Kansas City Star for shaping his inimitable writing style even though he spent a scant six months with the newspaper as a cub reporter.

When: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Union Station's Regnier Extreme Screen Theatre
Admission: Free, however, Reservations are required.

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ESU KC Branch Hosts Prof. Jonathan Rose, Author & Historian

The ESU Kansas City Branch hosted a successful and well-attended lecture program from the Evelyn Wrench Lecture Series with the acclaimed author and historian, Jonathan Rose, Professor of History at Drew University.  The lecture was held at the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus at Grant Hall on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The free lecture was open to the public, educators and all students in the Kansas City Metro Area.

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Meet the Past with J.C. Nichols


The latest installment of the KC Library's popular TV series, Meet the Past with Crosby Kemper III, spotlights the influential developer of Kansas City's Country Club Plaza, J.C. Nichols.

Kemper, the Library's director, will hold a public conversation with Nichols as portrayed by historian Bill Worley, who has appeared in previous Meet the Past presentations as Walt Disney, James Naismith, and Tom Pendergast. The presentation will be taped by KCPT-TV for later broadcast.

Developed by Nichols on what once was swampland on the south edge of Kansas City, the Plaza opened in 1923 as the nation's first suburban shopping district. His emphasis on quality construction, beautiful landscaping, and consistency in planning became a template for cities across the country.

When: Thursday, September 11, 2014,
Where: KC Public Library, Plaza Branch,
Admission: Free, however, Reservations are required.

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                         Welcome to                          the Kansas City Branch of the ESU

Dear ESU Members and Friends,

In this first year as president of the ESU Kansas City Branch, I'm honored to have the support of a strong board of directors with many years of combined service in the ESU as well as strength in many professional career disciplines. As the structure of the board begins to evolve with distinct committees in place, we are well-positioned to address at the Kansas City Branch level the goals set by the ESU's National Strategic Plan which are based on two foundational statements:

  • The Mission--The English-Speaking Union employs English as a catalyst to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.
  • Strategic Goals—
    • English as a Catalyst—Develop educational opportunities for employing English as a shared language to inspire common bonds and empowerment of students, teachers, immigrants and members.
    • International Exchange—Build global understanding through a broad system of international exchange supporting teachers and students.
    • Board Leadership—Build a next-generation board passionately committed to building leadership by the ESU through fundraising for and service to the organization's educational programs.

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ESU Kansas City Branch Supports Missouri Alliance for Arts Education

The Missouri Alliance for Arts Education 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. 

On Wednesday, March 12, 2014, the Mo. Alliance for Arts Education sponsored a Fine Arts Education Day at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri.  This was the 10th year for the event at the Missouri State Capitol.  Schools and other education-based organizations participated in the event.  Vocal, instrumental, dance groups and theatrical presentations were held in the First Floor Capitol Rotunda and the South Steps of the Capitol building.

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Added Membership Value for First-Time Members!

Our ESU membership year begins July 1 and ends June 30 (this is also our fiscal year for financial reporting purposes).  In June, you'll be receiving membership renewal notices for our next membership year that begins July 1, 2014.

Even though our current fiscal year is nearly over, it is still a good time to bring in new members.  If a new member enrolls during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year, that is, during April, May or June, their membership will carry over into the new fiscal year.  That means the new member gets one, two or three extra months in their first-year membership depending on what month in the fourth quarter they enrolled. This only applies to new members.

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