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Archived Events

May 24, 2016
Lecture: Andrea Mays
The Millionaire and the Bard:
Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio

May 24, 2016
Special Post Lecture
Fundraising Buffet
Meet & Greet the Author
Andrea Mays

June 6-28, 2016
Rare Shakespeare First Folio
Exhibit at the Kansas City
Public Library, Central Branch

June 15, 2016
 ESU Presents our Annual Shakespeare Festival Group Night  

June 15, 2016
ESU/Folger Teaching Shakespeare


July 11, 2016
Kansas City Tea & Literature Club 

July 19, 2016
ESU Goes to the Movies:
The Audience starring Helen Mirren

September 8, 2016
Lecture: Tania Munz, PhD
The Fascinating Language
Of Dancing Bees

September 16 or 17, 2016
A Shakespeare Tea Party

October 10, 2016
Kansas City Tea and Literature Club

October 14, 2016
Lecture: Lord Alan Watson

Saturday, November 5, 2016
31st Annual British Faire

 November 7, 2016
Dr. Londré's Annual Lecture
Shakespeare Authorship Question

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 
Gerald Charles Dickens Returns to Kansas City To Perform "A Christmas Carol" In-Person 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
#Giving Tuesday
ESU Kansas City Branch 

January 9, 2017
Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting 

January 22, 2017
Holiday Brunch and Annual Meeting
Purchase tickets online here

Feburary 19, 2017
Senior from Paseo Academy Wins
33rd Annual
Shakespeare Competition

March 26, 2017
ESU Group Matinee
The Tempest

March 29, 2017
Fine Arts Education Day
Missouri State Capitol Bldg.

April 10, 2017
Kansas City Tea & Literature Club

April 23, 2017
Taking Tea with Shakespeare

April 29, 2017
British Gala 

June 28, 2017
ESU Shakespeare Festival
Group Night

June 29, 2017
Meet & Greet
Nathan Darrow Luncheon

July 16-22, 2017 
"The Story and Future of English"
University of Oxford
Learn More and sign up here

August 21-25, 2017
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art:
The Language of Drama

September 9-10, 2017
Midwest Tea Festival

September 29-30, 2017
Queen's Birthday Tea Party
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October 9, 2017
Kansas City Tea and Literature Club
Quarterly Meeting

October 28-30, 2017
ESU Annual Conference
Louisville, Kentucky
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November 4, 2017
32nd Annual British Faire

November 6, 2017
The Questionable Identity of William Shakespeare

November 10-11, 2017
Lord Alan Watson Lecture & Tea
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December 12-17, 2017
From Page to Stage
Travel & Learn Abroad Program
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January 14, 2018
ESU Holiday Brunch & Annual Meeting
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February 25, 2018
Lincoln College Prep Senior
Takes 1st Place in KC
Shakespeare Competition

March 28, 2018
 Fine Arts Education Day at Missouri State Capitol

April 1 to June 30, 2018
Fourth Quarter
Membership Bonus

April 9, 15 & 24, 2018
Hurry! Deadlines for TLab
One-Week Summer Courses

May 19, 2018
ESU Celebrates 2018 British Gala

June 27, 2018
ESU Festival Group Night 
The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival
Much Ado About Nothing

September 8-9, 2018
Midwest Tea Festival

October 13, 2018
An ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen

November 3, 2018
33rd Annual British Faire 

November 17-19, 2018
ESU Annual Conference

 December 7, 2018
A Winter's Tale
In Words and Song

 January 20, 2019
Holiday Brunch and Annual Meeting

February 24, 2019
Blue Valley High Junior
Takes 1st Place in 35th
Annual Shakespeare Competition

April 1 to June 30, 2018
Fourth Quarter
Membership Bonus

April 15, 2019
Shakespeare in Love (the movie)

April 29, 2019
Matthew Grigoratos Performs
as Semi-Finalist in ESU National
Shakespeare Competition in New York City

May 4, 2019
ESU Celebrates 2019 British Gala

May 12, 2019
Romeo and Juliet
Script in Hand

June 19, 2019
ESU Festival Group Night
Shakespeare in Love

June 29, 2019
Membership Renewal Party

August 16, 2019
Stonehenge Exhibition & Lecture

August 31, 2019
An ESU Tea Party Fit for a Queen
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October 5, 2019
Downton Abbey the Movie Private Screening and Downton English Tea Party Package

November 4, 2019
The Questionable Identity
of William Shakespeare

November 16, 2019
34th Annual British Faire

December 12, 2019
Winter Wonderettes

April 23, 2020

People's Choice Award
Deadline to Vote: April 23

April 27, 2020
Sheridan Mirador,

Kansas City First Place Winner,
Performs in
National Shakespeare Competition Finals

April 27, 2020
2020 National Shakespeare

Competition Winners

Postponed-Watch for New Date
A British Tea for Two:

Celebrating Two Birthdays:
Queen Elizabeth II and ESU

July 23, 2020
ESU Happy Hour--Online

Gothic Revival & Regency Architecture
Speaker: Robin B. Williams, PhD
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August 5, 2020
ESU Happy Hour--Online

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know:
The Brontë Sisters

Speaker: Marie Kervin
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August 19, 2020
ESU Happy Hour--Online

Write ON!
Speaker: Ron Whitehead, Outlaw Poet
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September 2, 2020
ESU Happy Hour--Online

Shakespeare, Scandals & Scoundrels
Speaker: Andrea Mays

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September 16, 2020
ESU Happy Hour--Online
Downton Abbey in the Kitchen
Guest Speaker: Dr. Annie Gray
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September 30, 2020
ESU Happy Hour--Online

Still the Promised Land
Guest Speakers: Dr. Natwar Gandhi & Panna Naik
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November 9, 2020
4:00 PM
Shakespeare Authorship
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November 9, 2020
6:30 PM
ESU Original Centennial
Radio Play Mystery Comedy
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December 1, 2020
Giving Tuesday

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January 28, 2021
KC Annual Meeting & Lecture
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March 5, 2021
75th Anniversary of Churchill's
 "Sinews of Peace" Speech

March 10, 2021
  ESU Happy Hour Series
   Writing Wild: Women Poets,
   Ramblers, and Mavericks

March 12, 2021
2021 Shakespeare Competition
Ten Schools Announced

March 24, 2021
ESU Happy Hour Series
Celebrating World Poetry Day

March 24, 2021
37th Annual Kansas City Shakespeare 
Competition Virtual Program
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April 14, 2021
ESU Happy Hour
Are you Using English Correctly?
The Art of Rhetoric and Prose
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April 21, 2021
ESU Happy Hour
Chaucer: A European Life
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April 23, 2021
People's Choice Award
Deadline to vote: April 23rd

April 26, 2021
National Shakespeare Competition
Winner Announcement

May 5, 2021
ESU Happy Hour
Shake up Shakespeare
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May 12, 2021
ESU Happy Hour
Red Line with Joby Warrick
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May 21, 2021
ESU Happy Hour
Storied and Scandalous Kansas City with Karla Deel
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June 24, 2021
100 Years, 100 Stories
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July 28, 2021
ESU Happy Hour with Frederic W. Schwartz, Jr.
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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.

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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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Don’t Miss Our Next Kansas City Tea & Literature Club Quarterly Meeting: October 9, 2017

Mark your calendar for the next meeting of the Kansas City Tea & Literature Club on Monday, October 9, 2017.

We will be reading Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. Join our group as we will be exploring the multi-faceted chai traditions of India and our dinner will be grilled tandoori chicken and coconut lime rice, and tasting chais. If you wish to bring an appropriate Indian side dish, please do!

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             Midwest Tea Festival           Returns for Two-Day Event

The Midwest Tea Festival returns to Kansas City for its third annual celebration of tea and tea culture featuring tea tasting, education and vendors September 9-10, 2017. This year, to accommodate the strong interest, the Midwest Tea Festival will be held on two days—Saturday and Sunday.

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