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News And Events

Lincoln College Prep Student Wins First Place in ESU Kansas City’s 34th Annual Shakespeare Competition

Lucy Mulholland, from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy in Kansas City, Mo., won First Place in the Regional Finals of the English-Speaking Union's, Shakespeare Competition in Kansas City, Mo. Her sponsoring teacher was Auriel Keim. This was the 34rd anniversary of the Shakespeare Competition for the ESU Kansas City Branch.

Approximately 125 students participated in preliminary competitions in Kansas City area high schools as well as a competition for homeschool students sponsored by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. The ESU Kansas City Branch Competition was held on February 25, 2018, at the Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Kansas City, MO. 

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ESU Announces Thirteen Area High Schools in 34th Annual Shakespeare Competition

 

Deborah McArdle, Vice President and Shakespeare Competition Coordinator for the Kansas City Branch of the ESU, announces the thirteen area high schools who have entered the Competition.

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Kansas City Area High School Students to Compete in 34th Annual Shakespeare Competition

The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union announces its 34th annual Shakespeare Competition for all Kansas City metro area high schools, grades 9-12. The Branch Semi-Finals will be held at the Plaza Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, Mo., on Sunday, February 25, 2018.

The Competition provides teachers with a performance-based program for the study of English Language Arts and Shakespeare. High school students recite Shakespeare's monologues and sonnets and compete for the chance to win a trip to New York City to compete in the ESU National Finals at Lincoln Center.

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Join Us for Our Annual Holiday Brunch

Our Annual Holiday Brunch is just around the corner. Join ESU members and Friends of ESU for this special occasion on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 12 noon. This year's lecture program features a special guest speaker, Timothy Riley, Director and Chief Curator of the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College, Fulton, Mo.

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ESU Lecture and Tea with a British Lord

The Rt. Hon. Lord Alan Watson, award-winning BBC broadcaster, Vice President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth (UK), and acclaimed author, will give a lecture on Friday, November 10, 2017, and Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, MO. Both lectures will be preceded by a full English Tea. Lord Watson's lectures and teas are sponsored by the English-Speaking Union, Kansas City Branch. The public is cordially invited to attend this lecture and tea program. Details below.

Lord Watson's lecture is inspired by his newly published book, "Churchill's Legacy: Two Speeches to Save the World." He will describe how Winston Churchill wielded his influence in post-war politics to enable the restoration of Europe through two key speeches in 1946. Having first helped bring victory to the Allies in 1945, Churchill went on to preserve the freedom of the world by gaining the support of the United States in the restoration of Europe.

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ESU Members and Guests-- Celebrate the 32 nd Annual British Faire

The British Are Coming!  All ESU members and guests are invited to the 32nd Annual British Faire and Tea in Shawnee, KS.  This fun event is sponsored by the Daughters of the British Empire in Kansas.  This annual fundraising event benefits retirement communities and local charities.  Some of the events and activities at the British Faire

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The Questionable Identity of William Shakespeare

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 free lecture program is at 3:30 pm on Monday, November 6, 2017, at Miller Nichols Library Learning Center, Room 452, UMKC Campus.

Was it William Shaksper of Stratford-upon-Avon or Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford or some other playwright of the time? Dr. Londré delves into the sensitive question of authorship in an illustrated presentation.

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2017 Annual Conference - Louisville, KY Oct 28-30

The English-Speaking Union welcomes all members for a weekend in Louisville, Kentucky October 28-30 for the 2017 Annual Conference. This year's conference will further develop and define English in Action as the banner under which the ESU employs English as a medium for peace and understanding in a shrinking, turbulent world. It will include presentations, speakers, social events, camaraderie and updates on our efforts nationwide to fulfill our programs supporting teachers, students and recent immigrants. The cost of the conference is $370 with an optional day of events for $100.

The venue for the conference will be the legendary Brown Hotel in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. A centerpiece of Louisville since its construction in 1923, The Brown will provide an elegant and historic foreground to the weekend's proceedings.  Register here. 

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Experience Shakespeare Live in his Home Town this Holiday Season!

In this rich ESU Travel and Learn experience, explore the language and world of Shakespeare through four Royal Shakespeare Company theater performances, lectures with eminent scholars, and exclusive behind-the-scenes tours and museum visits. You will also have time to explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the shops and Christmas Market that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today. It's an unforgettable week in Shakespeare's hometown tailored for ESU members, teachers and friends.

This is a unique opportunity for ESU members, Friends of ESU and teachers. The cost of this one-week ESU Travel and Learn Abroad program is very affordable for all that's included. If you are a teacher, the ESU will provide professional development contact hours (approx. 30-40 hours) and credit and will receive a certificate of attendance. Don't miss this exciting adventure in travel to England just before the holidays!

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                      Join Our Annual            ESU Queen’s Birthday Tea Party

All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year—our annual Queen's Tea. Not only will we be celebrating HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 91st birthday but we will also celebrate the Queen and Prince Phillip's 70th wedding anniversary this year. This will be an ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen!

Our ESU annual tea parties are very popular and have sold out for the last five years and we will have two seatings to accommodate all who want to attend.

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