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October 18, 2017: Next Week: CHINA Town Hall and Mexican Ambassador

Wednesday, October 18, 2017  
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Dear friends,

We had fun last night at the second installment of the Global Experience program series, this time at Habashi House in the City Market. If you haven't joined us for one of these gatherings, it's a great way to meet other members of Kansas City's international community and hear others' global stories in a low-key atmosphere. Stay tuned for more information on the next opportunity.

Next week will offer exciting programs on China and Mexico. We hope you'll be able to join us at one or both. Here's what you need to know:

  • CHINA Town Hall featuring Amb. Susan Rice (webcast) and Dr. Adele Carrai (in person) – Tuesday, October 24 – 4:30-7 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room at Union Station – Read more and register »
  • Diplomat Luncheon: Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. – Thursday, October 26 – 12-2 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room at Union Station – sponsorships available – Read more and register »

The Global Honors Evening (Thursday, November 9) is getting close, and we are looking forward to honoring General Richard Myers, UMKC, and the Consular Corps of Greater Kansas City. If you haven't already registered to attend, we encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience, as registration will close on Tuesday, October 31. Please do join us at this meaningful celebration of Kansas City as a global community.

Please read on for a variety of other opportunities, including study-abroad experiences for high-school students and a myriad of engaging community events.

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 elections around the world, terror in Somalia, ISIS falling, Iraq and the Kurds, and Catalonia. Read more here »

We don't have a new blog post this week, but we invite you to check out past blog posts you might have missed here ». If you are interested in contributing a blog post, please review some frequently asked questions », where you'll also find out how to submit your post.

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 »

Experience a new world and expand your horizons – study abroad in high school! The U.S. Department of State offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. Create long-lasting friendships with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop leadership skills. Find out more at the U.S. Dept. of State high school study abroad webpage ».  Deadlines for the three programs are as follows: 
1. Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) with Germany, deadline is December 11, 2017
2. Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad), deadline is December 5, 2017
3. National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), deadline is November 2, 2017.

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.


Jessie Roach, Programs Intern
Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, Jessie is a senior at the University of Kansas, majoring in Political Science and Global and International Studies. She is also minoring in Middle East Studies as well as French, and recently spent a semester studying abroad in Angers, France. After graduating next spring, she hopes to work with an organization geared toward development projects overseas. In addition to traveling, Jessie is an avid lover of music and in her free time enjoys going to concerts as well as giving guitar and piano lessons to children in her community.


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
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 onThursday, 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 on Thursday, 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.

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)

Lecture: How to Deal with the Growing North Korean Threat », presented by KU International Programs
Monday, October 23 – 7-9 p.m. – The Oread Hotel (Lawrence)

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

Born Equal: An Evening of Dance to Benefit Flood Victims in the United States and Bangladesh », presented by City in Motion Dance Theater
Sunday, November 5 – 4-6 p.m. – Gem Theater

A Mosaic of Arabic Languages and Cultures », presented by the Global Language Project and KU SLLC
Wednesday, November 8 – 7:30 p.m. – Carnegie Hall (New York, NY)

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 »

Fulbright Hays Rwandan Genocide & Social Justice Seminar, presented by Avila University School of Education
Saturday, November 18 – 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Whitfield Center (Avila) – Email for more information »

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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