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Global Motivations: United Kingdom

ESU Members and Guests are Invited to an Online Lecture Program Hosted by the International Relations Council

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The global rebalance of power continues. The ambitions, alliances, and actions of world powers have accelerated shifts in the international order that was framed in the waning days of the Second World War. What interests countries on the world stage today, what outcomes do they seek, and what role do cooperation and competition play?

The International Relations Council's Global Motivations series will paint a portrait of six world powers, their internal and external drivers, their evolving role in the community of nations, and what this means for the rest of the world. This program on October 12 addresses these questions and issues concerning the United Kingdom. Guest Speaker, Dr. Matt Beech, PhD, is a distinguished scholar and author and will give his talk live from the UK. We encourage you to read more about his biography below. This should be an informative and timely lecture, particularly since a new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, was just appointed by Queen Elizabeth II.

All ESU members are invited to this special online Zoom program hosted by the International Relations Council of Kansas City.

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 12:00 pm Central Time.

Tickets: $5.00 per person. Click here to purchase ticket(s).  Under "Single Program (Non-Members), select the number of tickets, enter your name and email address then click on "Proceed" to purchase the ticket(s) with credit or debit card. You will receive a Zoom link to join the meeting on October 12 at 12:00 pm CT.

About Matt Beech

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Dr. Matt Beech is Reader in Politics and Director of the Centre for British Politics (@CBPhull) where he currently leads four projects: With Dr Simon Lee (Hull) - Conservative Governments in the Age of Brexit (Palgrave Macmillan); With Dr Kevin Hickson (Liverpool) - The Idea of the Good Society: Essays in Honour of Raymond Plant (Oxford University Press); With Professor Mark Bevir (Berkeley) - Interpreting UK Legislatures (Journal of Legislative Studies); and with Professor Anthony G. Reddie (Oxford) - Can we transcend the Culture Wars?. He is a political scientist and historian who teaches post-war British political history, government and the culture wars. Read more (click on "Details").


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ESU Gala Watch Party

ESU Kansas City Members and Guests Are Cordially Invited

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After two postponements due to the pandemic, the ESU Headquarters is celebrating its long-anticipated Centennial Gala. This will be a special event held in New York City with Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal in attendance. The ESU invites all members and their guests across the U.S. to participate virtually in the celebration on Monday, October 3, 2022..

The ESU Kansas City Branch will hold a Watch Party in Kansas City to watch all the festivities during a live-stream broadcast from the Cosmopolitan Club in New York City.

Our Kansas City Branch Watch Party will be held at the Club House of City Place Apartments in Westport. The Club House has a large TV screen for everyone to see the program, sofas, chairs, a full kitchen, and a full-size pool table.

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We invite all members and their guests to bring a hot or cold appetizer or dessert to share with everyone. ESU will provide beverages including champagne to toast HRH Princess Anne.

When: Monday, October 3, 2022,

Time: Please arrive between 4:00-4:30 pm Central Time. The program begins at 5:00 pm CT.

Where: Club House at City Place Apartments, 701 Westport Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Tickets: This is a free event for ESU members and guests. Cash donations in any amount are welcome but not required to cover cost of reserving Club House.


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Twelfth Night & Sunday Brunch

Join our ESU group for a fun, romantic comedy & Sunday Brunch!

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Are you ready to see a funny, fresh, contemporary take on a Shakespearean crowd-pleaser? Well, you're in luck. This comedy of mistaken identity, music, and the madness of love is ESU's next group event. This romantic comedy is produced by KC Rep and all ESU members and guests are invited to attend the Sunday matinee performance on September 25 at 2:00 pm.

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Our ESU group will first meet for a delightful Sunday Brunch at Grand Street Café on the Plaza. This award-winning brunch has all your favorites brunch items. See brunch menu here. Then, just a short drive to the Spencer Theatre on the UMKC campus.

When: Sunday, September 25, 2022.

Time: 12:00 pm Brunch at Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO. Separate food checks, 21% gratuity added to checks BUT no sales tax.

Arrive at Spencer Theatre: 1:30 pm. UMKC campus, 4949 Cherry St., Kansas City, MO

Curtain: 2:00 pm

Tickets: We have a group discount of $36.00 per ticket. Call KC Rep ticket office at (816) 235-2700. Tell them you are with the ESU Group to purchase a ticket(s) for Twelfth Night for September 25 at 2:00 pm. Purchase with credit or debit card. Pick up your ticket(s) in lobby at Will Call desk under name "ESU Group."


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A Queen's Tea: The Final Tribute

Monday, September 19, 2022 at 6:00 PM CT

All ESU members and Friends of ESU are cordially invited to a special Queen's Tea hosted by Anna Marie's Tea and the ESU on September 19 at 6:00 pm. This will be a final tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. We invite you to share your memories and stories about Queen Elizabeth. You are also welcome to bring any memorabilia you have of the Queen to share with everyone—in other words, a "Royal Show and Tell." We will have drawings for door prizes too.

This will be a full English Tea served at Anna Marie's Teas in Liberty, Missouri. The tea will include a variety of tea sandwiches, sweets, Brenda's signature scones, mock Devonshire cream, fine fruit butter or fruit jams and premium tea. 

When: Monday, September 19, 2022, at 6:00 pm Central Time

Where: Anna Marie's Teas, 343 W. Liberty Dr., Liberty, MO.

Directions and parking: Click here  Parking is limited around Anna Marie's Teas.  Please carpool where possible. 

Tickets: $28 per person. Please pay online here with credit or debit card.

Friends and Guests We welcome friends and guests so please bring your friends. This is a special Tea Party celebrating Queen Elizabeth and we encourage you to purchase your tickets as soon as possible so you won't be disappointed. 


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The ESU Remembers Queen Elizabeth

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It is with admiration and profound respect that we pay tribute to the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty served as Patron of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth since granting it a formal Royal Charter in 1957. She served alongside her husband the late Prince Philip who was President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth from 1952 to 2011. The Princess Royal, Princess Anne has since taken the mantle as President of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth.


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