IRC Book Club: Megachange
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IRC Book Club: Megachange

We invite you to join us as we relaunch the IRC Book Club under the leadership of seasoned Great Decisions facilitator Jack McLaren. July's book discusses the new norm of big, unexpected changes in our country and world and encourages national and international institutions to develop new capacities to navigate change. Univ. of St. Mary Professor Karenbeth Zacharias will guide the conversation. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning.

When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017
7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64110
United States
Contact: Jack McLaren

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About the Book Club
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Convened by seasoned Great Decisions leader Jack McLaren, the group meets every six to eight weeks to dig into a different author's work.

Next Meeting
Wednesday, July 26, 7-8:30 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
Session Leader: Karenbeth Zacharias, Ph.D. – Director, Starr Center for Peace and Justice, and Assistant Professor of History – University of Saint Mary
This is a free program that is open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning.
For those who would like to continue the discussion after 8:30, the group may move to some place like the Brooksider.

Currently Reading
Megachange: Economic Disruption, Political Upheaval, and Social Strife in the 21st Century
by Darrell M. West – 224 pages

Available only for purchase (new, used, or e-reader): Amazon » »

Description: Big, unexpected changes are here to stay. Slow, incremental change has become a relic of the past. Today's shifts come fast and big, what Darrell West calls megachanges, in which dramatic disruptions in trends and policies occur on a regular basis. Domestically, we see megachange at work in the new attitudes and policies toward same-sex marriage, health care, smoking, and the widespread legalization of marijuana use. Globally, we have seen the extraordinary rise and then collapse of the Arab Spring, the emergence of religious zealotry, the growing influence of nonstate actors, the spread of ISIS-fomented terrorism, the rise of new economic and political powers in Asia, and the fracturing of once-stable international alliances. With megachange becoming the new normal, our domestic and global institutions must develop the ability to tackle the massive economic, political, and social shifts that we face.

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