News & Press: Newsletters

September 13, 2017: Programs on Turkey, China, and Mexico in the Weeks Ahead

Wednesday, September 13, 2017  
Share |

Dear friends,

It was wonderful to join in such robust conversation at last night's installment of the IRC Book Club, which considered Edward Luce's recent book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism. The group will focus its attention next on China's Future by David Shambaugh, which should pair nicely with the October 24 CHINA Town Hall. You can join the book club on Wednesday, November 1, from 6:30-8 p.m. Please do register » if you're interested in attending.

Before then, we have several other engaging programs, including an evening with Ambassador Ross Wilson, former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan, on Monday, September 25, where he will speak on Turkey and U.S.-Turkish relations and take questions from the audience. If you haven't been to an IRC event before, or if you're thinking of bringing a friend or colleague with you, this program will be an excellent introduction. We hope you can make it!

We're pleased to be able to partner once again with the World Trade Center–Kansas City and the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations to offer the CHINA Town Hall on Tuesday, October 24. This year's program will feature Ambassador Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, via webcast as well as an expert on Sino-American relations who will join us in Kansas City. Registration is now open for this evening program.

We are finalizing the details of the visit of Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez, current Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, on Thursday, October 26. Plans now include a ticketed lunch and afternoon business round table; we should have more complete details soon. We send our thanks to our friends at the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City and the World Affairs Council of St. Louis for their help in making this visit possible.

Do you know anyone who would make a great speaker for the IRC Speakers Bureau »Let us know », and we'll be happy to reach out and invite them to participate.

We hope to see you at the upcoming program on Turkey and throughout the fall!

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-423-2632

Each week, the World Affairs Councils of America publishes a digest of news stories covering topics from around the world. This week's edition focuses on ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, sanctions for North Korea, Singapore's new president, U.S. refugee quotas, Ukraine, Norway's vote for the right, and Macron's popularity. Read more here »

Read about Shari Wilson in this week's member spotlight on the IRC's World Citizen Blog ».

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 »

Sami Gul, Membership Intern
Sami Gul is a junior at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, double majoring in Political Science and Math & Statistics. He is currently president of the Intercultural Dialogue Student Association at UMKC. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society. Sami won a SEARCH grant to complete his study, "How the Old Set the Future for the Young: Age, Education, and Brexit Support"; he presented his poster at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference in Chicago. He plans to complete a Ph.D. in Political Science after he finishes his undergraduate career. He wants to focus on Comparative Politics and European Studies. Sami likes translating readings both English to Turkish and Turkish to English as a hobby.

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!


Registration Open
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 »

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 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.


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.

Opening Reception: Looking Among Us: Cross-Cultural Connections », presented by JVS
Thursday, September 14 – 6-8 p.m. – JVS (4600 The Paseo, KCMO)

Doing Business in the UK, presented by Kansas City EDC
Friday, September 15 – 3-4:30 p.m. – EDC Offices – RSVP to both Chris Roach » and Alvin Liow »

24th Yoruba National Conference », presented by Egbe Omo Yoruba
September 15-17 – Best Host Inn Plaza (Kansas City)

UN Peacekeepers Round Table », presented by the UNA of Greater Kansas City
Saturday, September 16 – 2-4 p.m. – Plaza Branch of the KC Public Library

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency: A Roles and Missions Briefing
Monday, September 18 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lewis & Clark Center, Fort Leavenworth

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)

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:

Sign In


IRC Networking Hour: Fringe Festival

IRC Book Club: Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America

Your Global Future

Latest News