ESU Kansas City Branch

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Join Us as We Celebrate 100 Years in Kansas City

 

Dear ESU KC Members and Friends, 

Due to increasing concerns and uncertainty over the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak and government orders, we are postponing or canceling upcoming ESU programs and events for the foreseeable future as well as the ESU Kansas City Branch's participation in events sponsored by other organizations with the exception of digital/virtual programming. We may reschedule certain programs when we are advised by governmental authorities that it is safe to do so. Here is the current status of upcoming ESU programs:

  • Sir Christopher Hum Lecture—Postponed. Watch our website: www.esuus.org/kansascity/ for updates.

  • English in Action Conversations—Weekly sessions postponed while the Kansas City Public Library branches are closed. 

  • ESU National Shakespeare Competition Finals in New York City—The in-person competitions will now take place as virtual competitions over the internet, offering some exciting additions to this year's national competition, including allowing ESU members the opportunity to participate and vote for the winners.  Watch the national ESU website for details and updates on any changes to the competition: 
    www.esuus.org/esu/programs/shakespeare_competition/

Watch for additional events planned for later in the year. These are difficult times for all of us. As always, we thank you for your continued support and wish you and your family the best of health.


Best regards,
Dan Bukovac
President
English-Speaking Union
Kansas City Branch

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News And Events

Join Us for an ESU Happy Hour
Downton Abbey in the Kitchen
Guest Speaker: Dr. Annie Gray

ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to our next ESU Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central Time. Happy Hour programs are live, online and free. You can register for this Happy Hour program at the link below. Our guest speaker is Dr. Annie Gray, food historian, chef, and broadcaster.

She has published four books including the best-selling "The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook." Dr. Gray will tell how she compiled those extraordinary recipes and stories about the TV series. She will also tell us about her latest book, "Victory in the Kitchen—The Life of Churchill's Cook."  We will learn the  story of Georgina Landemare who was Winston Churchill's cook during WWII. Her book offers fascinating insight into the dining habits of the war-time leader and the nation as a whole.

 

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Join Our Next Happy Hour:
Still the Promised Land: 
Dr. Natwar Gandhi & Panna Naik
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Join us for our sixth ESU Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central Time. Happy Hours are an ongoing series of online programs for ESU members and guests. The programs offer a wide variety of topics that are fun, engaging and informative.

They are designed so ESU members and guests can learn and interact with our outstanding speakers. Happy Hour programs bring to you guest speakers live and free of charge. You can register for this Happy Hour program at the link below.

Learn more and register for this free Happy Hour here.

 

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John Lewis Shares Final Message to
Young Americans in New York Times Op-ed

The late Rep. John Lewis published a posthumous op-ed in the New York Times written shortly before his death requesting it be published on the day of his funeral. The civil rights icon delivered a final message to young Americans. It is a powerful message for everyone to read and reflect. Here is the entire text of Rep. Lewis' message:

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

 

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Join Our ESU Happy Hour:
Shakespeare, Scandals & Scoundrels
Guest Speaker: Acclaimed Author, Andrea Mays

ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to our next ESU Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central Time. Happy Hour programs are live, online and free. You can register for this Happy Hour program at the link below. Our guest speaker is the acclaimed author, Andrea Mays.

Andrea is the author of "The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio. Her extensive research for that award-winning book forms the basis of her Happy Hour topic that chronicles the story of Henry Folger's obsessive pursuit to acquire every copy of Shakespeare's First Folio.

 

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Join Us for ESU Happy Hour
Guest Speaker: Ron Whitehead, Outlaw Poet
Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Don't miss our  ESU Happy Hour on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 3:00 pm Central Time. Happy Hour programs are live, online and free. You can register for this Happy Hour program at the link below. Our guest speaker is Ron Whitehead.

Ron Whitehead, Outlaw Poet, will present "Write ON! a feast for your mind and heart. Ron has lived the extraordinary life of a writer, performer, traveler, and activist through his poetic world of unparalleled vision.

 

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