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News And Events

Brexit, the EU and the US - Where do we go from here?


"Brexit, the EU and the US -
Where do we go from here?"

1600 Log Cabin Lane

Cocktails 12:30 - Lunch 1:00 Members $45 - Guests $50

With more than thirty years of living and working overseas, Michael Costello has a unique perspective and understanding of world affairs. He teaches law and international management in the nationally ranked international business program in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri - St. Louis. He leads students on international study courses to Oxford, United Arab Emirates and Benelux. He has taught in China, Kuwait and Oman. He was the chief legal officer of Agribrands, Inc, an NYSE publicly listed company manufacturing and marketing Purina agri products in sixteen countries on four continents, as well as serving as International Counsel for Monsanto in Canada and Asia Pacific. And he is also a member of our St. Louis Branch. Costello practiced EU law for three years in Brussels, Belgium, and served as an intern with the Commission of the EU. He has a JD from St. Louis University and an LLM in International & Comparative Law from the Vrije Universeit Brussels, Belgium.

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Poetry from the Great War

Germaine F. Murray, PhD
Professor of English, Maryville University

"Poetry from the Great War'"
Sunday, February 24, 2019 THE RACQUET CLUB LADUE
1600 Log Cabin Lane
(enter by North 40 Drive off Clayton Rd)

Cocktails 12:30 ~ Lunch 1:00 Members $45 ~ Guests $50

Dr. Germaine F. Murray has been teaching English and Humanities courses at Maryville University for 27 years. She has taught courses in American, British and World Literature and in comparative culture. She developed several courses in Museum Studies, film literacy and has pioneered team teaching with colleagues in a variety of other disciplines. She has been the founding faculty member of Maryville's Study Abroad Program and has taught in Greece, the Czech Republic, London, Oxford, Italy, Scotland and Spain. She co-founded the Maryville Peace and Justice Prize and currently directs this effort.

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Annual Holiday Luncheon

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The Battle of St. Louis with Stephen Kling

St. Louis Branch of

President, Jenkins & Kling, P.C.

"The Battle of St. Louis"

Sunday, OCTOBER 21, 2018

THE RACQUET CLUB LADUE — note new location 1600 Log Cabin Lane (enter by North 40 Drive off Clayton Rd)

Cocktails 12:30  ~ Lunch 1:00 Members $45 ~ Guests $50

Stephen L. Kling, Jr. is a practicing attorney and president of Jenkins & Kling, P.C. in St. Louis. He obtained a master in finance and a law degree from St. Louis University and has been recognized in the peer reviewed Best Lawyers in America for over a decade.

Author, artist and long-time student of 18th-century history, particularly military history, Steve will focus on the relatively unknown story of the unsuccessful attack on St. Louis in 1780 — part of the British plan to conquer the entire Mississippi River Valley.  He will relate how British Indian Department with its British officers and agents were instrumental in keeping the local Indians allied with the British and were responsible for organizing the attack on St. Louis led by Emmanuel Hesse, a local trader and former lieutenant in the British Army.

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The Importance of Being Earnest



Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday at 2:00 p.m
Tickets: $35.00 (314) 534-1111
Discount for groups of 10 or more. 

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Current Customs, Traditions and Vagaries of the Legal System in the Mother Country

St. Louis Branch of

CRAIG INGRAHAM, retired "Solicitor"
and THOMAS WACK, retired "Barrister"

"Current Customs, Traditions and
Vagaries of the Legal System
in the Mother Country"

Sunday, May 6, 2018
The Deer Creek Club
9861 Deer Creek Hill
off Log Cabin Lane, north from Litzsinger

Cocktails 12:30  ~  Lunch 1:00   
$37 members  ~  $42 guests

Craig Ingraham and Thomas Wack are both well-known figures on the corporate legal scene, and each has served in multiple capacities and positions at prominent firms. Good friends, as well, they are teaming up to provide a lighthearted but professional approach to what Americans often experience and joke about as the perplexing legal system of the United Kingdom. 

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St. Louis Shakespeare Competition

The St. Louis Branch ESU hosted our Annual Shakespeare Competition for high school students on Saturday morning, February 3, at Fontbonne University. Twelve area schools sent students to the competition. Each participant gave his/her interpretation of a Shakespearian monologue and sonnet, and all in attendance were awed by the performances. 

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Alex Moore ESU TLab Scholar

"Significant Impact of 
Theatre and Arts Education 
on Today's Youth"

Sunday, March 11, 2018

The Deer Creek Club
Club entrance off Log Cabin Lane, north from Litzsinger

Click here to see photos from the event

Alex Moore is Theatre Arts Director at Mehlville Senior High School, in St. Louis, MO. He has worked the past four years, growing the program to a full-time position and running an active after school program that is student-focused. Alex is a professional director, stage manager and actor, previously working with STAGES St. Louis, NewLine Theatre and HotCity Theatre. He was the Associate Artistic Director for Chicago Fusion Theatre for 5 seasons, before returning to St. Louis. He serves on the State Board for The Missouri Thespians and was awarded the Judith Reuthwich Missouri Theatre Educator of the Year Award for 2018. He is a passionate advocate for Arts Education and Theatre in our schools. 

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British Beer in Four Glasses

Alasatir Pringle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology, Maryville University

Sunday, February 11, 2018
The Deer Creek Club
Club entrance off Long Cabin lane, north from Litzsinger

Cocktails ~ 12:30
Lunch ~ 1:00
$37 members ~ $42 guests

St. Louis Branch ESU member Alastair Pringle is from the North East of England and obtained a Ph.D. in mircobiology from the University of Bath. He has worked in the brewing industry for over 30 years, as Director of Brewing Research for Anheuser Busch Inc. and as a consultant to the craft brewing industry. Professor Pringle's current teaching responsibilities at Maryville University include biotechnology and applied microbiology. 

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Annual Shakespeare Competition


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