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KC Branch Launches "Gift of Membership" for the Holidays

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

Dear ESU Kansas City Members

The holidays will soon be here and if you're looking for a unique gift for that special person who…

  • Loves reading or listening to Shakespeare's works, or 
  • 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 such as celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, 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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30th Annual British Faire                  Join Us for a Day in the U.K.

All ESU members and guests are invited to the 30th Annual British Faire. This year the Faire is at a new location—Shawnee Civic Center.  It is sponsored by the Daughters of the British Empire in Kansas.  This annual fundraising event benefits retirement communities and local charities.  

 

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Lecture Program: Dr. Felicia Londré The Questionable Identity of Shakespeare

Dr. Felicia Hardison Londré, B.A., M.A., Ph.D, presents her annual lecture program at UMKC campus on the Shakespeare authorship question.

The free lecture includes a slide presentation surveying the evidence relating to the authorship of the plays and sonnets of the author known as William Shake-speare. Was it William Shaksper of Stratford-upon-Avon or was it Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford?

When: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 3:30 to 4:45 pm
Where: Royall Hall, Room 111 (Stack Auditorium) on UMKC Campus, 800 E. 52nd St., KC. Mo.
Admission: Free, RSVP not necessary

 

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Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill Named New Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States

Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill MBE was elected Chairman of The English-Speaking Union of the United States unanimously at a meeting of its Board of Directors on September 27, 2015.  His two-year term of office began immediately.  Dr. Beresford-Hill was selected to lead the English-Speaking Union of the United States for his global experience as a scholar, educator, administrator and author.

Paul Beresford-Hill is a distinguished educator who has worked at the secondary and tertiary educational systems of the US and the UK.  A graduate of both Oxford University and Columbia, he has been a Research Associate at the Oxford Department of Educational Studies, Senior Member of Wadham College, Oxford, and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Teacher's College.  He has worked in the USA, the UK and Asia, and was Chief Administrator for Global Learning at Dowling College in Long Island.  From 1999 to 2004 he was Director of Bangkok Patana School, the British International School in Thailand, one of the largest international schools in Asia. 

 

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ESU Celebrates 150 Years of Lewis       Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland         Don’t Be Late for a Very Important                              Date

ATTENTION ALICE IN WONDERLAND FANS:

After considerable thought, we decided it was best to postpone our special celebration of An Evening with Alice in Wonderland due to the understandably high interest in the Royals and their second year in a row in the World Series. Our Alice in Wonderland fundraiser was scheduled the same evening as the third game of the World Series. What an exciting time for the Royals and Kansas City! Of course, we will refund the full ticket price for those who purchased tickets for our Alice in Wonderland event. We are sorry for the inconvenience but please keep watching for other exciting ESU events coming in the near future.

Lewis Carroll's immortal classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was published in the summer of 1865 and remains a widely beloved presence in today's world. It is one of the most frequently quoted works of fiction in the English-speaking world, standing alongside only Shakespeare in frequency of citation. 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice's journey down the rabbit hole.

The English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch, cordially invites all members and friends to a special celebration honoring Alice and Lewis Carroll. An Evening with Alice in Wonderland is a special fundraising event to help support ESU Kansas City's educational programs.

 

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