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Tuesday, July 21
French Cooking Class

Few cuisines have the notoriety and romance of France. A diverse cuisine that has influenced culinary approaches across the globe, French food can perhaps feel like an intimidating undertaking at first glance. IRC Member and former French Honorary Consul for Western Missouri and Kansas Cyprienne Simchowitz will break down both the food and the culture of France, while giving you a new recipe to try at home.

Tuesday, July 28
International Film Club: Da 5 Bloods

The IRC is pleased to present the second edition of International Film Club. Spike Lee-directed war drama will be the featured film on Tuesday, July 28 from 7-8 p.m. CT. The program will be moderated by director, co-writer of Da 5 Bloods, and KU Professor Kevin Willmott. Those participating in the IRC's International Film Club will be asked to view the film prior to the July 28 program.

Wednesday, August 12
Hong Kong and the Future of Promised Autonomy

Since the end of British control in 1997, Hong Kong has been governed as a semi-autonomous, special administrative region of China. The growing tension among pro-democracy activists, the Hong Kong Government, and Beijing, exemplified in the recent security law prohibiting the promotion of democratic reform in Hong Kong, has brought into question the sustainability of a "one country, two systems" approach where Hong Kong would exercise a "high degree of autonomy." Where do Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China go from here, and what do these developments mean for other semi-autonomous governments? University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of Political Science Victoria Tin-bor Hui will examine the nature, benefits, and challenges of autonomy, survey the forces at play in the struggle for Hong Kong's future, and discuss the journey ahead.

A Kansas City nonprofit organization and a member of the World Affairs Councils of America, the IRC works in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to our community.

We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high-school students to interact with and learn from foreign-policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad.

We invite you to join us for an upcoming event and see how you can get involved with Kansas City's global community.



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