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October 11, 2017: Register Now for CHINA Town Hall and the Mexican Ambassador

Wednesday, October 11, 2017  
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Dear friends,

Thanks to everyone who joined us in Shawnee at Monday's IRC Networking Hour. We enjoyed some wonderful food and mingling while Bio-Microbics President Bob Rebori answered questions about his company's international efforts. Networking hours are hosted by IRC organizational members to share about their work with the community. If your organization would be interested in hosting one in the future, please be in touch ».

If you enjoy Mediterranean food, we invite you to join us at next week's Global Experience program at Habashi House in the City Market. Global Experience events give participants the chance to share their global story and meet other globally minded individuals in the community. All are welcome! Please find more details below.

We have just confirmed our local speaker for the CHINA Town Hall on Tuesday, October 24, and will share information with you in a special message later this week. Ambassador Susan Rice will speak to us by webcast, and there will be time for connecting before the program, as well. Registration is open for this annual event.

Registration for lunch with the Mexican Ambassador on Thursday, October 26, is open as well. We encourage you to sign up soon as seats are expected to go quickly.

It's a busy October, to be sure, but one that has a variety of opportunities to plug in to the international community in Kansas City. We hope to see you soon!

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 the Iran deal, Turkey, the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Catalonia's unlikely independence, and global espionage. Read more here »

Read about adventures in a Moroccan medina 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 »


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.


MJ Murphy, Digital Resources Intern
MJ Murphy is a junior at the University of Central Missouri, majoring in International Studies and Criminal Justice. Her minors include Middle Eastern Studies, World Languages, and Political Science. In 2016, MJ received a High Impact Learning Grant that enabled her to spend two weeks in Jordan and Israel. Upon returning, she challenged common stereotypes of the region through a presentation at UCM. Earlier this year, MJ completed a semester abroad in Israel, studying Peace & Conflict and Arabic. After graduating, she would like to pursue her M.A. in Security Studies. MJ is originally from Atlanta and loves to watch the Braves whenever she visits home.

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!


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 for Saturday, 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.

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.

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

2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Dinner Reception », presented by Global Ties KC
Wednesday, October 25 – 5:30 p.m. – Grand Street Café

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)

The World Underground: An International Festival, presented by Park University
Friday, November 17 – 5:30-8 p.m. – Academic Plaza, Park Underground – Booth signup » – Performance signup »

Economic Outlook 2018 », presented by Institute for Supply Management–KC
Thursday, November 30 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Porto do Sul (Overland Park)

Kansas City Folk Festival », presented by Folk Alliance International
Sunday, February 18 – Westin Crown Center

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.

KC Public Library Seeks Volunteers
Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment is a division of the Kansas City Public Library’s Outreach Department, dedicated to connecting refugee and immigrant patrons and community members to resources for their success. RISE seeks volunteers for the following programs:

  • English for Citizenship Preparation: assist instructor in weekly classes, two hours/week for 12 weeks, one-hour volunteer training session required
  • Citizen Interview Mentor Sessions: work one-on-one to prepare patrons for naturalization interview, one to two hours/week, flexible scheduling, two hours of volunteer training required
  • English-Language Learning: lead small classes (life skills, basic English speaking/reading/writing), two hours/week, one hour of training required

Contacts: Julie Robinson », RISE manager (816-701-3587); Jane Lee », citizenship coordinator (816-701-3673); Katie Taylor », English language coordinator (816-701-3712); Rita Edmonds », RISE VISTA (816-701-3546)

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