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September 20, 2017: Last Chance to Register for Monday's Program on Turkey

Wednesday, September 20, 2017  
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Dear friends,

We are looking forward to welcoming Ambassador Ross Wilson, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan, for a program on Turkey and U.S.-Turkish relations on Monday evening, September 25, from 6:30-8:30 at Polsinelli. If you haven't registered yet, now is your chance; we would love to see you there! You can sign up here ».

In the next few days, we'll be sending an e-mail to Great Decisions coordinators with information on ordering 2018 materials, topics for which the Foreign Policy Association announced this week. They include the waning of Pax Americana, Russia, China: economic power and geopolitics, media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, the U.S. defense budget, South Africa, and global health. If you aren't familiar with Great Decisions or would like to learn more, check out our note below, and feel free to contact Matthew » with any questions. We have some excellent groups in the area and are always open to helping new groups form, especially in workplaces and schools.

It's been wonderful to receive early interest in the IRC's Berkley Award for high-school juniors and seniors, which comes with a $500 scholarship. We would love your help in spreading the word about this great opportunity. More information is below. Please note the submission deadline of Friday, October 20.

We invite you to join us for the next IRC networking hour on Monday, October 9, at Bio-Microbics. These events, previously held at Burns & McDonnell and Commerce Bank, are a chance to meet the IRC's organizational partners, make valuable connections in Kansas City's international community, and learn about upcoming events. Registration will be open soon, but please do save the date for now.

We hope to see you on Monday!

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

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Each year, in memory of our founder and longtime executive director, Eliot S. Berkley, the International Relations Council presents this award to an exceptional high-school junior or senior who has demonstrated superior academic interest and competence in international studies. The award includes a $500 scholarship. Please share with high-schoolers you know. Applications for this year's award are now open through Friday, October 20More information and application instructions »


Kellsie Herrmann, Events Intern
Kellsie Herrmann is a junior at William Jewell College, studying International Relations, Political Science, and French with a minor in Economics. She recently completed a summer program in Washington, D.C., where she interned with a nonprofit and experienced life in the nation’s capital. Kellsie serves on her campus as Panhellenic president as well as co-president of the environmental group, SUSTAIN. She is passionate about the outdoors and recently participated in the Outward Bound program where she spent two weeks in the Florida Everglades. In her free time, Kellsie loves to watch movies of all genres and plan her backpacking trip through Europe. She believes in the mission of the International Relations Council and looks forward to being a part of it.


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!


Last Chance to Register
Turkey and U.S.-Turkish Relations 
with Ambassador Ross Wilson – Monday, September 25 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Polsinelli (Plaza)
Please join us on Monday, September 25, for an informative conversation with Ambassador Ross Wilson, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan. Generous support is provided by Polsinelli. Registration is required (nonmembers, $20; IRC members, $15; students, free). Read more and register »

Save the Date
IRC Networking Hour: Bio-Microbics – Monday, October 9 – Bio-Microbics
We invite you to join us for the next IRC networking hour on Monday, October 9, at Bio-Microbics. These events, previously held at Burns & McDonnell and Commerce Bank, are a chance to meet the IRC's organizational partners, make valuable connections in Kansas City's international community, and learn about upcoming events. Registration will be open soon, but please do save the date for now.

Registration Open
2017 CHINA Town Hall: Susan Rice – Tuesday, October 24 – 4:30-7 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station)
This annual program focuses on the importance of relations between the U.S. and China. This year, the Honorable Susan E. Rice, former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, will join us by webcast, and we will have a yet-to-be-named speaker with us in person to share about Sino-American relations. This program is presented in conjunction with the World Trade Center – Kansas City. Registration is required ($20 general admission, $15 IRC/WTC members, students free). Read more and register »

Save the Date
The Mexican Ambassador Visits Kansas City – Thursday, October 26
We will share final details soon, but current plans include a ticketed lunch and afternoon business round table as we welcome Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez, current Ambassador of Mexico to the United States.

Registration Open
2017 Global Honors Evening – Thursday, November 9 – 6-9 p.m. – The Gallery Event Space (Power & Light District)
Please save the date and join the IRC on Thursday, November 9, as we celebrate international statesmanship and Kansas City's connections to the global community at our 2017 Global Honors Evening. The celebration will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dessert, live entertainment, special recognitions, and the chance to meet some of Kansas City's most notable and beloved global citizens. Read more or register as a sponsor »

An incredible network of experienced professionals, travelers, and internationalists in the Kansas City metro area make up the IRC community. With this in mind, the IRC Speakers Bureau facilitates connections between these experts and local organizations, schools, and businesses who are interested in having them speak or present at their events. Many current IRC members are eligible to join the Speakers Bureau as speakers, and the service is free for IRC member organizations. Click here » to learn more, sign up to be a speaker, or request a speaker for your upcoming event.

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 2018 include the waning of Pax Americana, Russia, China: economic power and geopolitics, media and foreign policy, Turkey: a partner in crisis, the U.S. defense budget, South Africa, and global health.



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.

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.

KCMO Trade Mission to China: Changsha and Shanghai
September 23-30 – Contact Narbeli Galindo » at the Kansas City EDC for more information

2017 Celebration of International Friendship », presented by the CGSC Foundation
Friday, September 29 – 7 p.m. – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Ambassador Samantha Power in Kansas City », presented by the Women's Foundation
Tuesday, October 3 – 4-6 p.m. – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

K-14 Teacher Workshop: "Japan Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" », presented by the Kansas Consortium for Teaching about Asia
Saturday, October 7 – 8:15-10:15 a.m. – Nerman Museum, JCCC – RSVP to Nancy Hope »

JapanFest 2017 », presented by Heart of America Japan-America Society
Saturday, October 7 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – JCCC

Turkish Food Fest, presented by the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
Saturday, October 7 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Dialogue Institute (KCK)

International Trade Opportunities in China and Hong Kong », presented by the KC EDC
Monday, October 9 – 8:30-10 a.m. – KC EDC

2018 Mayor's UN Day Dinner », presented by the United Nations Association of Greater KC
Wednesday, October 18 – 6-9 p.m. – Intercontinental Hotel (Plaza)

Symposium: Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today »
Thursday to Sunday, October 19-22 – National World War I Museum

Kansas International Film Festival »
November 3-9

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 the Volunteer Center or future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

Please click here » to visit the IRC Volunteer Center for more information on one-time and ongoing opportunities to support the IRC and other international initiatives.

Bridging the Gap is a forty-two hour training course for beginning and intermediate medical/social service bilingual interpreters. Course objectives are 1) to be able to apply the Interpreter’s Code of Ethics, 2) to be able to demonstrate the appropriate roles of an interpreter; 3) to be able to demonstrate the modes of interpreting; 4) to be able to demonstrate cultural competency practices; and 5) to be able to identify medical terms. The course is presented by Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) and taught by Melanie Allmayer. Participants will take a final exam on the last day of class. A certificate of completion is awarded based on attendance and a passing score on the final exam. There is a fee for this course. For more information and an application: Catherine Anderson, JVS:

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