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October 4, 2017: Networking, Scholarships, Mexican Ambassador, and Internships – All in October

Wednesday, October 4, 2017  
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Dear friends,

We hope to see you at the next IRC networking hour » on Monday, October 9, at Bio-Microbics and at the next installment of the Global Experience program series » on Tuesday, October 17, in the City Market. Our goal at both events is to help foster connections in Kansas City's remarkable international community, so we'd love to have you there!

Just yesterday we added a new scholarship opportunity, this time for an area undergraduate student to attend the World Affairs Councils of America national conference » in Washington, D.C., in November. You can find details below, but, as you apply or share this information, please do note the application deadline of Wednesday, October 11. The Berkley Award for high-school students is also available, with a deadline of Friday, October 20.

Registration is now open » for a ticketed luncheon with the Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Gerónimo Gutiérrez, on Thursday, October 26. We are grateful to our friends at the Mexican Consulate and World Trade Center–Kansas City, as well as our colleagues at the St. Louis World Affairs Council, for their help in making this program possible. Full details are available below. We encourage you to register early as space is limited.

In 2017, interns from area universities have offered the IRC tremendous support and creative thinking, and we are thankful for their hard work. We've just posted internship openings » for the spring semester, and we encourage college juniors and seniors and graduate students to apply for one or more of the roles. New in the spring will be an internship in audio and video production. Please do share with university students you know who might be interested. The application deadline is Friday, October 27.

Finally, sponsorship opportunities for the Global Honors Evening on Thursday, November 9, will soon be closing. If your business or organization is interested in being a sponsor for this annual celebration, please do be in touch » as soon as possible.

Thank you for your continued support of the IRC. I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

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 reactions to Las Vegas, Catalonia, implications of genocide in Myanmar, North Korea, Puerto Rico's path to recovery, the future of war, and Germany's election. Read more here »

Read about the crisis in Venezuela 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 »

We've just received word that our national network organization, the World Affairs Councils of America, is making it possible for up to 25 undergraduate students from around the U.S. to attend cost-free the WACA national conference in Washington, D.C., from November 15-17. This does include transportation and accommodation. We are conducting a search for a Kansas City-area student to nominate. Please find complete information, including application instructions,here » and note the submission deadline of Wednesday, October 11.

Applications are now being accepted for spring interns for the International Relations Council. Available positions include internships in audio & video production, communications, community, digital resources, events, global education, marketing, membership, programs, and social media/web. For full information and application instructions, click here ». Applications are due by Friday, October 27.

Ayesha Mahomed, Global Education Intern
Ayesha Mahomed is a senior at the University of Missouri–Kansas City, pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with minors in History and French. Upon graduation, Ayesha plans to teach English abroad in order to gain a deeper understanding of multicultural perspectives in issues pertaining to global education. She wants to be able to apply this knowledge to low-income urban school districts in the U.S. At UMKC, Ayesha has been an active member of service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and has completed more than hours of community service. Ayesha is also a member of Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. Ayesha is passionate about making a difference in the global community and looks forward to incorporating this passion into her work at the International Relations Council this fall.

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 »

Free Program
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 »

Registration Open
Diplomat Luncheon: Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. – Thursday, October 26 – 12-2 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station)
The International Relations Council and the World Trade Center–Kansas City, together with the Head Consul of the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, Alfonso Navarro, invite you to join us in welcoming to Kansas City His Excellency Gerónimo Gutiérrez, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States. A luncheon with remarks by Ambassador Gutiérrez will be held at Union Station on Thursday, October 26, with registration at noon. A smaller business round table will follow the lunch program. Read more and register »

Free Program
IRC Book Club: China's Future – Wednesday, November 1 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
To follow up from the CHINA Town Hall on October 24, please join us on Wednesday, November 1, as we discuss the future of China as part of the IRC Book Club. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. Read more and register »

Registration Open
Peacebuilding and Nonviolence: Beyond the Clichés – November 2-4 – Avila U. (Nov. 2), Park U. (Nov. 3), JCCC (Nov. 4)
Join Johnson County Community College, Park University and the Center for Global Peace Journalism, the Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence at Avila University, and the International Relations Council for an exploration of peacebuilding and nonviolence. Each day offers something different – a screening and discussion of the film Chi Raq onThursday, November 2; academic papers and posters on Friday, November 3; and community presentations and keynote speaker Danielle Taylor from the Carter Center on Saturday, November 4. Registration is requested only forSaturday, where a free lunch will be served. All three days are free and open to the public. Read more and register »

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 »

High-School Program
2018 Academic WorldQuest – Saturday, February 3 – 12-4 p.m. – KU Edwards Campus
High-school students are invited to put their global knowledge to the test in the annual Academic WorldQuest competition, a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America. Each year since 2006, the IRC has offered high-school students the chance to showcase their knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, and world events. Each area high school may enter one team of four students plus a faculty sponsor. Participation is entirely cost-free for schools. The winning team will receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the students and their sponsor to participate in the national Academic WorldQuest competition in late April. The 2018 Kansas City–area tournament will be held on Saturday, February 3, at the KU Edwards Campus. Read more and register »

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.

To purchase 2018 materials (for delivery in January 2018), please click here »



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.


The newest edition of Peace Journalist magazine, a publication of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University, is now online ».

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.

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

Día de los Muertos Festival », presented by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Sunday, November 5 – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner », presented by the GKC Interfaith Council
Sunday, November 12 – 4 p.m. – Islamic Center of Johnson County (Overland Park)

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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