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September 27, 2017: Registration Open for October Networking Hour and Global Experience

Wednesday, September 27, 2017  
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Dear friends,

Ambassador Ross Wilson enjoyed his visit to Kansas City, with stops at the Truman Library, JCCC, Polsinelli, and Rockhurst High School. Our thanks to all our generous hosts and those who attended any of Ambassador Wilson's presentations on Turkey and U.S.-Turkish relations.

Registration is open for two October programs – an IRC networking hour on Monday, October 9, and a Global Experience program on Tuesday, October 17. Both events make getting to know other IRC members and friends easy while we learn about an IRC organizational partner on the 9th and enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine on the 17th. Please see below for more information.

2018 Great Decisions materials will soon be on sale on the IRC website. Due to a price increase from the Foreign Policy Association ($30 from $25 last year), our book prices will be increasing slightly this year, but ordering through the IRC remains your least expensive option at $24/book and $30/DVD. We have a number of seasoned Great Decisions groups and leaders around the Kansas City area; we are also open and ready to support new group leaders to start discussion groups. Please contact us » to share your interest.

You may remember Brigadier General Peter Zwack, who joined us in June to share about Russia in 2017. BG Zwack was recently included in a PBS NewsHour report on Russian military exercises. You can watch the report here ».

High-school students and teachers are invited to read more about the Berkley Award » (due October 20) and Academic WorldQuest ». Thanks for your help in spreading the word!

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 North Korea, destitution in Puerto Rico, the UN General Assembly, the Kurdish referendum, Japan's call for snap elections, Catalonia at the polls, and Kenya's election turmoil. Read more here »

Read about lessons from Versailles this week on the 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 »

Sally Jiang, Programs Intern
Sally Jiang is a junior honors student at University of Kansas, studying Chinese and International Studies. She is interning at the IRC with the hopes of spreading her own joy for cross-cultural understanding and education, and expects to do similar work in the future. She just returned from a rural development internship for Stanford's Rural Education Action Program. In the spring, she helped plan KU's second annual Asian Leadership Summit. When free, Sally enjoys playing ultimate frisbee for KU and exploring new places around town.

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
IRC Networking Hour: Bio-Microbics – Monday, October 9 – 5-6:30 p.m. – 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. Read more and register »

 Registration Open
Global Experience: Habashi House – Tuesday, October 17 — 6-7:30 p.m. – Habashi House (City Market)
What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it? Please join us for the next installment of our new Global Experience series, where we give members the chance to tell their global story and experience the international connections all around us in Kansas City. We'll be meeting for dinner and conversation at Habashi House in the River Market. This event is admission-free and open to the public, but attendees will pay for their own meals. We hope to see you there! 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 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

U.S. Presidents and the Militarization of Space », presented by the KC Public Library
Tuesday, October 3 – 6:30 p.m. – Central Library (Downtown)

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

A Conversation with PLO Leader and Scholar Hanan Ashrawi », presented by Park University
Monday, October 16 – 6:30 p.m. – Unity Temple on the Plaza

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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