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ESU Lecture Program

Kansas City's French Heritage Salutes Molière

Mark your calendar for July 14, 2022, at 6:00 pm for a special lecture program featuring our own ESU member, Dr. Felicia Londré, as guest speaker. The program will include a buffet dinner before the lecture. This is a time to celebrate as we continue to bring important, meaningful, and fun ESU programs and events back in-person for our ESU members and Friends of ESU.

Felicia Londré, Ph.D, author of 14 books, Curators' Distinguished Professor Emerita of Theatre at UMKC, and lecturer around the globe, will give our keynote talk.

Who knew the city of Kansas City, Missouri, was a French settlement founded 200 years ago in 1821 by a French fur trader, François Chouteau? It's true but more than that, our French connection ties in with a man who is considered France's Shakespeare—Molière. Molière is universally regarded as the world's greatest comedic playwright of all time. Molière's 400th birthday was January 15 this year and  Felicia will tell the story of Kansas City's French heritage and how the world is watching our multifaceted celebration of Molière's 400th birthday. This will be a unique, interesting, and informative storytelling that only Felicia can tell so well. This program will have some special surprises for you so this is a program you will not want to miss.

Be sure to save the date for  this special occasion held again at The Grand Street Café.  The buffet-style service will include your choice of three entrees, a selection of appetizers, salads, pastries/desserts, and your choice of coffee, iced or hot tea or soda (a cash bar for other beverages is optional). We will have some wonderful door prizes at the end of the program.

When: Thursday, July 14, 2022, 6:00 pm.

Where: Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, MO.

Price: $45 per person all-inclusive including gratuity.

Reservations and Tickets

This lecture and buffet dinner program is open to the public and we welcome all ESU members to bring friends, relatives, and others who have an interest in Kansas City's French heritage.

Please make your reservations no later than July 8, 2022, so we have a good count for the restaurant.

Masks are optional but guests are welcome to wear a mask during the lecture if they wish. Hand sanitizer is available. The buffet will be handled by café servers.

We hope to see you on Thursday, July 14, 2022! Please call Jeff Schnabel at (816) 878-1239 if you have any questions.


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