News and Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News
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News and Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News

Join us on the Plaza from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. We'll announce the timely topic, facilitator, and suggested articles earlier that week to give everyone a chance to prepare for the conversation.

When: Thursday, March 14
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Where: Seasons 52
340 Ward Parkway
Kansas City, Missouri  64112
United States
Contact: April Diaz
(816) 423-2632

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About News & Views
Today, international news stories can change from minute to minute, and lectures and panel discussions can’t always dive in to the latest developments. News & Views, a new conversation-based series from the International Relations Council, brings together a small group of community members for respectful, substantive discussion around one of that week’s top international new stories. Facilitated by a seasoned member of the International Relations Council, the group meets in different informal settings around town, like a happy hour on the Plaza, for a guided conversation about a topic and articles that we’ll share just a few days in advance. Individuals of all backgrounds, interests, and perspectives are welcome – we just ask that you bring an open mind, thoughtful questions, and common courtesy. Registration is free but helps us with planning; individuals cover their own food and drinks.

Future News & Views

While we don't know what international news topics will be front of mind in the coming months, we can at least save the date! As always, we're deliberate in moving the program around the metro area. If you have an idea for a fun location for a future News & Views, won't you let us know?

Wednesday, April 24 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Downtown Overland Park
Thursday, May 23 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Waldo


This event is free and open to the public. We just ask that you RSVP for planning purposes. Registration for this event is capped at 15. 

Topic and Facilitator
This week's topic is Animal Conservation in South Africa, and the discussion facilitator will be IRC board member Mike Wood. Following many years in the health care field, Mike taught on the health administration faculty of the Bloch School of Management at UMKC. Earlier in his career, he served as a volunteer and senior staffer in the Peace Corps, including six years in Southeast Asia and two years in Africa. He has consulted widely in the U.S. and abroad on health policy and organization.

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