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Online Happy Hour Series

Welcome to ESU Happy Hour! The ESU has planned a series of programs to connect and reach out to our members through programs that are engaging, fun, and informative on a wide variety of topics. Happy Hour programs bring to you guest speakers live and free of charge.  Speakers may also suggest a unique cocktail for you to create and enjoy at home. These programs are designed so ESU members and guests can learn and interact with our outstanding speakers. Many speakers will provide exciting participation opportunities with fun give away books and products at the end of each program.

We invite members to suggest topics for future ESU Happy Hour Programs at this link. Cheers!

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Happy Hour Season 2


Wednesday, April 21 from 4:00-5:00 PM (EDT)
Chaucer: A European Life
Professor Marion Turner

Marion Turner is Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, where she is a Fellow of Jesus College. In her talk, Marion will be discussing the extraordinary life of Geoffrey Chaucer, a man who lived through the worst pandemic humanity has ever seen and made his way in the world in a time of radical change. A merchant's son, prisoner of war, diplomat, MP, and pioneering poet, Chaucer lived through rebellions, usurpation, and conflict. While past biographers have often focused on Chaucer's Englishness, he was, in fact, a great internationalist. Marion will talk about his journeys all over the continent, his innovative use of European poetry, and his life in cosmopolitan fourteenth-century London, a place where spices from as far afield as Indonesia were on sale. This is the story of one of the most unusual and brilliant imaginations in literary history. 

 

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Wednesday, May 5 from 4:00-5:00 PM (EDT)
Shake Up Shakespeare
Carol Ann Lloyd

For more than 400 years, Shakespeare and his plays have been part of our lives. From the playhouses of the sixteenth century to the American Wild West, and from formal theatres to high school festivals, Shakespeare's stories have resonated around the world. This interactive program will invite attendees to participate in polls, chats, and discussions. We'll take a look at how Shakespeare created stories that raise questions about relationships that we are still trying to answer today. We'll explore the power of his language and how it has shaped and been shaped by experiences over hundreds of years. Finally, we'll look at ways Shakespeare's characters and his plays say "goodbye," considering how these final lines encourage us to continue our consideration of ideas and insights. Carol Ann Lloyd is a speaker and writer who shares English history and Shakespeare with a broad audience across the US and abroad.

 

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