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Help Us Celebrate 100 Years in Kansas City with a Generous Donation On Giving Tuesday and During the Month of December

Giving Tuesday is a day the whole world comes together to highlight the work nonprofit organizations bring to their communities. It's a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good.

At a time when we are all experiencing the sacrifices of a worldwide pandemic, generosity is what brings people of all races and faiths together across the globe.

The English-Speaking Union is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the greater Kansas City area. Founded in 1920, we are celebrating our centennial this year as we continue to bring educational programs to students, educators, immigrants, lifelong learners and our members.

 

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Join Us for a Special ESU Centennial Event
An Original Radio Play
Mystery Comedy
Hosted by Region VI Branches:
Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Kentucky, St. Louis

Mark your calendar for Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:30 pm EST as ESU's Centennial celebrations continue with a very special event—An Original ESU Centennial Radio Play Mystery Comedy. This is an old-fashioned radio play in the genre of the 1930's and 1940's Sam Spade Detective Radio Plays but with a modern-day twist. This will be a live production with professional actors performing a mystery comedy titled, "The Case of the Missing Parents." Listeners will hear the actors perform, just like the old radio plays.

The story goes like this: Daughter Myra Bradley's parents have been missing for four days. She receives a cryptic postcard in the mail from her parents which says, "We are attending a most glorious celebration. How perfectly marvelous it is to be able to mark this 100th anniversary. We are so looking forward to seeing our friends from Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Kentucky and St. Louis. Signed Momsy & Popsy." Myra is frantic. This is not like her parents to leave without letting her know. Myra hires a private detective to find her missing parents. The search begins. It is a fun mystery comedy with many twists and turns.

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The Shakespeare Authorship
Question

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 year Dr. Londré's lecture is online. This free lecture program, titled "The Shakespeare Authorship Question," can be accessed via Zoom meeting at 4:00 pm Central Time on Monday, November 9, 2020, at the link below.

Time: Monday, November 9, 2020 at 4:00 PM Central Time

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https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/91318415312

 Meeting ID: 913 1841 5312

 

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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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The English-Speaking Union

Kansas City Branch

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