News And Events

News And Events

            Dr. Felicia Londré Presents     Annual Lecture on UMKC Campus

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 7, 2016, at Miller Nichols Library, UMKC Campus.

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

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Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: October 10, 2016

The next meeting of the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club will be held on Monday, October 10, 2016. The Region for this meeting is Africa. The book is Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad; tea host is Nicole Burriss and teas provided by JusTea.

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are welcome and encouraged to attend our quarterly Tea & Literature Club.

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A British Lord Coming to Kansas City To Celebrate History

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 at a luncheon on Friday, October 14, 2016, at the Carriage Club in Kansas City, MO.

This lecture program is part of the formal celebration of the 70th anniversary of Churchill's "Iron Curtain" speech, given March 5, 1946, at Westminster College, Fulton, MO., with U.S. President Harry S. Truman in attendance. This program is sponsored by the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College, Fulton, MO.

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ESU’s Annual Tea Party Celebrates Shakespeare’s 400 Year Legacy

This year, to commemorate the 400-year legacy of William Shakespeare, the ESU Kansas City Branch is hosting A Shakespeare Tea Party—Celebrating a 400 Year Legacy. All ESU Members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to attend one of our biggest social gatherings of the year. This Shakespeare Tea Party will again be held at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Mo.

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

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To Bee or Not to Bee: The Fascinating Language of Dancing Bees

Language is all around us. It appears in human and non-human forms. When some species of non-humans, such as dogs and cats, communicate with us, their owners know exactly what they are telling us. Other animal species, such as bees, have a more complicated language. Honeybee language is complex but fascinating and decoding it has been a challenge. Until now.

Tania Munz, Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, has researched the topic of Honeybee language and began studying the groundbreaking scientific research of Karl von Frisch, an Austrian-born scientist, who studied honeybees as their populations were dying in 1940s Europe. She began working on the project as a PhD student at Princeton University. Her new book, The Dancing Bees: Karl von Frisch and the Discovery of the Honeybee Language, tells the story of how Frisch discovered that honeybees communicate when they dance which challenged the belief that complex communication was solely human behavior.

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ESU Kansas City Branch Hosts ESU-Folger Teaching Shakespeare Workshop

The English-Speaking Union, in partnership with the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library, developed a custom-designed one-day workshop for middle and high school teachers to give tools they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms. The ESU-Folger Teaching Shakespeare Workshop was held on June 15, 2016, at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, downtown Kansas City, MO.

This workshop was exclusively offered to educators in select cities in the U.S. in which ESU Branches are located. The Kansas City Branch of the English-Speaking Union was pleased to be one of the host cities offering this Teaching Shakespeare Workshop to middle and high school teachers in the Kansas City Metro Area. Jessica Cakrasenjaya, a Master Teacher from the Folger National Teacher Corps was the Workshop instructor and focused on the Folger Four—scholarship, performance, curriculum and assessment.

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             ESU Goes to the Movies        Dame Helen Mirren in The Audience

THE AUDIENCE--an encore film starring Helen Mirren and Richard McCabe coming to Kansas City, July 19 at 7:00 pm. ESU members and friends are invited to attend this one-night screening at AMC Town Center 20. Ticket purchases are below.

In celebration of HRH Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday this year, The Audience which was recorded live during the original run of the production in London's West End in 2013, is returning to select movie theatres.

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Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: July 11, 2016

Don't forget about our Kansas City Tea & Literature Club, co-sponsored with the English-Speaking Union Kansas City Branch! The next meeting is July 11 from 6:30-8:00 at Se Faire Belle Salon and French Boutique.

The Region for this meeting is China. The book is The Good Earth by Pearl S. Bucktea host Kyle Rutliff from Shang Tea

You still have time to read the book, though if you don't think you'll get all the way through, don't let that stop you from participating!

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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare Now on Exhibit at the Kansas City Public Library through June 28, 2016

One of the most valuable books in English Literature, is now on display at the Kansas City Public Library, Central Library downtown as part of a nationwide tour of the historical William Shakespeare First Folio document. The First Folio Exhibit opened June 6 and continues through June 28, 2016. It is a free exhibit on the fifth floor in the Missouri Valley Room.

The Kansas City Public Library is exhibiting this literary masterpiece as part of the international events planned for 2016 in observance of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death. The English-Speaking Union is one of six partners working with the Kansas City Public Library in bringing this exhibit to Kansas City.

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ESU Presents our Annual Shakespeare Festival Group Night

The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's 24th season brings to Kansas City audiences one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, Twelfth Night. It was believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season.

Like so many of Shakespeare plays, Twelfth Night relies on mistaken identity, deception, disguises, trickery and double entendres for its humor. It is a hilarious, yet romantic comedy that displays Shakespeare's tendency to write themes that are ahead of his time, featuring scenes including gender reversal, practical jokes, raucous antics, ravishing language and rich characters.

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