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Register Your High School

for Kansas City's

37th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Deadline for Schools to Register: February 8, 2021

 

All Kansas City area high schools are invited to our 37th annual Shakespeare Competition. The Competition is open to all high school students grades 9-12. Homeschool students are also welcome to enter. If you are a Theatre, English, Forensics or Debate teacher, we encourage you to enter your school in this exciting competition.

The ESU National Shakespeare Competition is a performance-based education program in which high school students read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespeare's works. Since 1983, the competition has helped more than 400,000 young students develop communication skills and an appreciation for language and literature. 

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 ESU Kansas City's Centennial Celebration Continues 

Author Karla Deel Tells All in Her Book  "Storied & Scandalous Kansas City"

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:30 pm.

Don't miss this special online ESU Kansas City Annual Meeting and lecture program on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 5:30 pm. The guest speaker for our ESU Annual Meeting is author and publisher Karla Deel. Her book, "Storied & Scandalous Kansas City—A History of Corruption, Mischief and a Whole Lot of Booze," is an in-depth account of how Kansas City operated in its early days with mobsters, bootleggers, madams, political bosses, and raucous entertainers who truly brought the party to the plains. We can't celebrate with our usual Holiday Brunch this year, but we can hold up a glass and toast to a better and brighter 2021. Read More


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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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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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