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June 7, 2017: "Russia in 2017" Program on Wednesday, June 28

Wednesday, June 7, 2017  
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Dear friends,

Thanks to all who offered to represent the IRC at next week's Global Ties KC Diplomacy Begins Here Summit » on Thursday, June 15. While the ticket we had available is taken, we encourage you to check out the summit if you haven't registered yet. We are still looking for volunteers to help talk about the IRC at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival » at Swope Park on August 18-20. If you are interested in promoting the IRC and receiving free admission to this Kansas City festival, please sign up here ».

We'd love to see you at our newly posted program on Russia in 2017 on Wednesday, June 28, at Lathrop & Gage (Crown Center). Former senior defense official and attaché to the Russian Federation, Brigadier General Peter Zwack (U.S. Army, retired), will share his perspective on the challenges Russia faces and poses in the world today. We are actively seeking sponsors for this program; more information on sponsorship as well as individual registration are available here ».

We're about ready to share information on a couple new IRC programs, so do stay tuned! Please enjoy this week of gorgeous June weather.

Kind regards,
Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-423-2632

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This Week on the World Citizen Blog
Learn about the 2017 British snap election this week on the IRC's World Citizen Blog ».

Help Us Get to Know Our Members
IRC members are remarkable individuals and organizations who bring considerable international experience, connections, and curiosity to our network and offer unique perspectives and contributions – in some cases, for decades! To help members get to know one another and to celebrate our members' many efforts, we've started highlighting individual and organizational members in the IRC newsletter and on the website. If you know someone who deserves the spotlight, or if you wish to share your own story, please submit this form ». We look forward to getting to know our IRC members!

Meet the IRC Board
Narbeli Galindo – Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City
Narbeli became the EDC director of International Affairs responsible for all global investments for Kansas City, Missouri, under Mayor Sly James. Additionally, Narbeli is a UMKC International Business and Finance professor teaching undergraduates and graduates International Management, Marketing, and Finance; directing study abroad programs to Spain; and training corporations on how to successfully expand their companies’ products and services globally. Narbeli served as the 2014 past president of the International Trade Council of KC and now ITC past officio board member.

For Narbeli, the IRC matters because it educates and brings to the KC community critical global issues, making our city a place of global knowledge and opportunities for all.

Meet the IRC Summer Interns
Jake Janeiro,
 Digital Resources Intern
Jake Janeiro is majoring in Political Science (with a concentration in International Relations), minoring in Public Policy and Business, and pursuing the Arts Engagement Certificate at the University of Kansas. He completed high school in Medford, New Jersey, but previously lived in Spain and California. At the University of Kansas, Jake serves as the President of the Spencer Art Museum Student Advisory Board, Outreach Director on the Model UN executive board, and Secretary-General of the KU Model UN High School Conference. Through Model UN at KU, he has traveled to Los Angeles, New York, Montreal, and Charlotte to represent KU and countries ranging from Mali to Romania. Jake hopes to work in the public sector, for a non-profit, or for an NGO after graduation to help foster and apply positive public policy.

Upcoming IRC Events

Registration Closed
World Faiths: Shared Ramadan Fast-Breaking Meal – Monday, June 12 – 8-9:30 p.m. – Dialogue Institute (KCK)
Join the IRC and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest for a closer look at Islam and one of its central holidays. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from eating and drinking during daylight hours. The iftar meal each evening at sunset breaks the fast and brings people together in community. Join us for a fast-breaking meal and learn more about a religion practiced by more than 1.5 billion followers. This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. This program is at capacity.  Read more »

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover: Souad Mekhennet – Tuesday, June 13 – 1-1:30 p.m. – conference call
Souad Mekhennet will be featured on the publication date of her compelling and evocative memoir, I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad. Mekhennet is a correspondent for The Washington Post's national security desk, and she has reported on terrorism for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and NPR. The IRC is pleased to make this opportunity available to IRC members. To register, please e-mail Matthew ».

Waitlist Available
FREE Teacher Workshop: Teaching in the Culturally Diverse Secondary Classroom – Thursday, June 22 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – JCCC
No matter our district, students from a variety of countries and cultural backgrounds make up our classes. In this workshop for teachers of grades 7-12, experts on culture and education will provide a context for our globalized classrooms, share useful cultural models, offer resources and activities that can be used across subject areas to enhance students' cultural competence, and support teachers in developing and sharing their own activities. The program is free, and lunch is provided. This program is at capacity, but a waitlist is available. Read more and register »

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Russia in 2017: Perspectives & Challenges – Wednesday, June 28 – 5:30-8 p.m. – Lathrop & Gage (Crown Center)
Join us on Wednesday, June 28, for an evening program exploring the challenges faced by and posed by Russia in 2017 from the perspective of the United States' former senior defense official and attaché to the Russian Federation, Brigadier General Peter Zwack (U.S. Army, retired). Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. This program is presented by the IRC in conjunction with Kansas State University Military Affairs and our friends at Lathrop & Gage. Read more and register »

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover: Lisa Palmer – Tuesday, July 18 – 1-1:30 p.m. – conference call
Lisa Palmer, a freelance journalist in the environment and energy sector, will discuss her new book, Hot, Hungry Planet ». Her work can be found in The Guardian, Slate Magazine, Scientific American, and other news and academic publications. The IRC is pleased to make this opportunity available to IRC members. To register, please e-mail Matthew ».

Great Decisions
Great Decisions groups give internationally minded individuals throughout the metro area an opportunity to connect as they explore topics of global significance. Groups affiliated with the IRC set a regular meeting time and location, often over a meal, and use materials prepared by the Foreign Policy Association to lead dynamic discussions. More information about the Great Decisions program, including how to order materials and where and when groups meet, is available here ». Topics for 2017 include the Future of Europe, Trade and Politics, Conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in Transition, U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, Latin America’s Political Pendulum, Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Nuclear Security.

IRC Program Suggestion Box
Have an idea for an IRC topic, program, or speaker? We'd love to hear from you! Please complete this form » as often as ideas come to you, and share it with others who might be interested. We may contact you for more information, and you may see your idea in a future IRC program or publication.

Other International Events in Kansas City
Does your business or organization have an upcoming event that could be of interest to IRC members? To have your event considered for inclusion in future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

Reception: The Art of War », presented by the CGSC Foundation
Thursday, June 8 – 5-8 p.m. – Box Gallery (Downtown)

13th Annual KC International Dragon Boat Festival », presented by the Society for Friendship with China
Saturday, June 10 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Country Club Plaza

Trade Matters Seminar », presented by U.S. Commercial Service
Tuesday, June 13 – 7:30-10:30 a.m. – Commerce Bank – RSVP required

Diplomacy Begins Here Summit: Women's Empowerment », presented by Global Ties KC
Thursday, June 15 – 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Fiesta Filipina », presented by the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City
Saturday, June 17 – 12-6 p.m. – Filipino Association (Overland Park)

Life Along the Border: A Separate Reality? », presented by the Dole Institute of Politics
Wednesday, June 21 – 3-4:30 p.m. – Dole Institute (Lawrence)

Marine veteran to speak on 1967 attack on U.S. spy ship in Mediterranean, presented by Citizens for Justice in the Middle East
Thursday, June 22 – 7 p.m. – VFW Post 7397 (Lenexa)

World Refugee Day », presented by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Saturday, June 24 – 1-4 p.m. – Catholic Charities (KCK)

Borderlands », presented by the Dole Institute of Politics
Wednesday, June 28 – 3-4:30 p.m. – Dole Institute (Lawrence)

Mid-Year Economic Forecast », presented by the Greater KC Chamber
Thursday, June 29 – 7:30-9 a.m. – KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station)

World Refugee Day
Saturday, July 8 – KCU (formerly KCUMB) in the Northeast Neighborhood of KCMO

Security, Immigration, Trade, and the Border », presented by the Dole Institute of Politics
Tuesday, July 11 – 3-4:30 p.m. – Dole Institute (Lawrence)

Ethnic Enrichment Festival », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission
August 18-20 – Swope Park

KU School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures Convocation
Friday, September 1 – 3:30-6 p.m. – Kansas Union Ballroom (KU)

Kansas International Film Festival »
November 3-9

International Volunteer Opportunities in Kansas City
Do you know of a volunteer opportunity that would allow IRC members to work with individuals from a variety of countries and cultures or that focuses on international topics or global issues? To have the opportunity considered for inclusion in future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

Promote the IRC at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival – Swope Park – August 18-20
On August 18-20, the IRC will have a booth at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival » at Swope Park. We are looking for volunteers to help us share about the work we do throughout the year. If you are interested in promoting the IRC and receiving free admission to this Kansas City tradition, please sign up here ».

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