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March 14, 2018: Internship Application Deadline Friday

Wednesday, March 14, 2018  
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Dear friends,

Our spring interns have done fantastic work, and we're looking forward to welcoming summer and fall interns, who have been submitting applications over the last few weeks. If you know current undergraduate or graduate students interested in international relations or the nonprofit sector, please encourage them to apply for this opportunity to develop their professional skills. More information is below; please note the application deadline of this Friday, March 16.

Next week we'll be at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park for an interdisciplinary program on Brazil in 2018. Panelists Chris Anderson, Mona Lyne, and Luciano Tosta and moderator Monica Mingucci will paint a current picture of Brazil from economic, political, and cultural perspectives, and they welcome your questions. We hope you can join us – and enjoy some delicious Brazilian food – next Wednesday, March 21, from 5:45-8 p.m. Registration is open », and we invite you to share this opportunity widely with your network.

In early April we have the pleasure of partnering with Park University and the Simons Center to present Ambassador Patrick Moon for a conversation on NATO–Russia relations. More information on this April 4 program at Park University is available below. The program is free and open to the public.

The buzz is growing around Kansas City about the upcoming WorldQuest trivia night on Thursday, April 5. If you haven't attended before, we hope you'll join us, whether by yourself or with a team of eight, for a fun night of dinner, drinks, and global knowledge to benefit the IRC's education efforts. See below for more information. Our program coordinator, April, is looking for a few more volunteers to help with the evening, so we welcome your help, too. April can be reached at ».

Our next Global Experience program will look at the life of a Holocaust survivor, Big Sonia, and her vibrant community in the Kansas City metro area. Please join us on Monday, April 9, for this free, engaging presentation.

Academy-level members of the IRC received an invitation this week to a special dinner with Gregory Gottlieb, director of the Feinstein International Center and recent acting assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID. To learn more about IRC membership or the special benefits of the IRC Academy, we invite you to contact Matthew ».

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 Russian spy scandal, Rex Tillerson, Russian elections, U.S.–North Korea talks, Merkel's new government, and global happiness. Read more »

This week, the IRC's World Citizen Blog offers a report on the similarities between Kansas City and Seville ». We welcome blog contributions from IRC members and friends. If you are interested in writing a blog post, please review some frequently asked questions », where you'll also find out how to submit your post. 


If you are a current undergraduate or graduate student who is passionate about understanding the world and contributing to meaningful local conversations that bring a global perspective to our community, we'd love to talk with you! The IRC may have an internship available that will give you valuable experience in the nonprofit sector, supplement your studies, and put your professional skills to use. Available positions include internships in audio & video production, communications, community, development, digital resources, events, global education, marketing, membership, programs, and social media/web. Applications are due by Friday, March 16Read more »

Shane Smith, Membership Intern
Shane Smith is a senior at the University of Kansas, majoring in Global and International Studies, with an emphasis in Latin American Studies. He is currently working on his capstone research project, studying the impact of non-discrimination law on violence in Latin America. He is a co-director for Camp Kesem at KU, a student-driven nonprofit organization that provides a free weeklong summer camp to children impacted by a parent’s cancer. After working in the nonprofit sector, he would like to continue his education and pursue a law degree. Previously a Bollywood fusion dance team captain, Shane enjoys dancing and exploring other cultures. In addition to dance, he loves to stay active by lifting, running, and rock climbing.


As the Syrian civil war enters its eighth year, Turkey continues to host growing numbers of refugees. In 2016, Turkey was host to 2.7 million registered Syrian refugees. In 2017, that number grew to 3.4 million Syrian refugees. In addition, Turkey remains host to more than 350,000 Iraqi, Afghan, and Iranian asylum-seekers. The Turkish Heritage Organization Summer Research Program in Turkey is an annual, all-expenses-paid, month-long research trip in Turkey, during which selected young researchers will participate in meetings, excursions, and fieldwork on a chosen subject. The 2018 theme is "Refugees and Asylum- Seekers in Turkey: Challenges, Opportunities, and Approaches," which will give students and recent graduates the unique opportunity to learn firsthand about refugees, humanitarian aid, and how Turkey manages the humanitarian crisis. Applications are due April 2 »

Created to elevate youth voices in the global policy dialogue, the U.S. Youth Observer to the UN is a role appointed annually by the U.S. Department of State and UN Association of the USA. For a one-year term, an American between the ages of 18-25 is selected to engage young people in the U.S. in the work of the United Nations and international issues. As a correspondent between U.S. missions to the UN and American youth, the Youth Observer travels throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans and participates at international organization meetings. The most critical role of the Youth Observer is to engage young Americans in the work of the UN, empowering them to be active participants in dialogue on international issues and to have a global impact. The Youth Observer will travel to high schools and colleges across the nation to build a connection between the UN and young Americans. Apply here » by Sunday, April 29.

The word Sabla in Omani Arabic dialect refers to places in communities where people gather to receive hospitality. Sabla also serves as a meeting place to discuss important public issues. The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center's Sabla Program is an intensive summer language program designed to benefit current university-level students and recent graduates. The program emphasized the instruction of Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). The program runs for five weeks, offering highly intensive coursework in Arabic. Scholarships are available. Apply by May 6, 2018Read more »

The Foreign Policy Association is seeking high school teachers with demonstrated commitment to international education to take part in its annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute. Teachers chosen will reflect geographically diverse high schools from around the continent and will be chosen on a competitive basis. Join them for four days of strengthening skills in teaching global affairs, exploring ways to expand international studies in the classroom, building professional support networks, and developing International Studies curricula. Applications are due Friday, March 30Read more »

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
Um Retrato Atual: Economic, Political, and Cultural Perspectives on Brazil in 2018 – Wednesday, March 21 – 5:45-8 p.m. – KU Edwards Campus (Overland Park)
Join us on Wednesday, March 21, for an evening program exploring the challenges and opportunities faced by Brazil in 2018. We’ll be joined by an illustrious panel who will offer perspectives on Brazil’s economy, politics, and culture in a Latin American and global context. Tickets are available for $20 (general admission), $15 (IRC members), and no charge (students). Refreshments will be available during a networking reception before the panel discussion, and a Q&A session will follow. Read more and register »

Free Program
NATO–Russia Relations: From the Cold War to Current Challenges – Wednesday, April 4 – 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Park University
Patrick Moon, who served as U.S. ambassador/chief of mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2010 to 2013, will present a discussion on “NATO–Russia Relations: From the Cold War to Current Challenges” at Park University on Wednesday, April 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission to the event, which will take place in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater inside Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus, is free and open to the public. Read more »

Registration Open
WorldQuest: Dinner, Drinks, & Global Trivia – Thursday, April 5 – 6-9 p.m. – UMKC's Pierson Auditorium
Spring will soon arrive and, with it, WorldQuest, the IRC's much-anticipated annual trivia night! Join fellow world enthusiasts on Thursday, April 5, for friendly competition and fabulous prizes – all to support a worthy cause. Your $45 ticket ($360/table of 8) covers parking, dinner, drinks, and trivia. Additional contributions (in advance or that evening) are most welcome and will support the IRC's global-education efforts. Sponsorships are available and include prime seating for a table of eight, your logo on the website and event signage, recognition from stage, and your logo displayed during one round of trivia questions.Read more and register »

Free Program
Global Experience: Big Sonia Screening and Discussion
 – Monday, April 9 – 6-8:15 p.m. – Park University
The IRC's Global Experience series asks, "What's your global story? Do you have the chance to share it?" Join Park University, the National Archives, and the IRC on Monday, April 9, as we explore the story of 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – who has deep ties to Kansas City. This program, in which we'll view and discuss the film, is free and open to the public. Registration is requested to help with planning.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.

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.

Brexit Update: Implications for U.S. Exports to the U.K. and E.U. Webinar », presented by the U.S. Commercial Service
Thursday, March 22 – 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – via webinar

Keeping Your Heart in Care: Cultural Experiences in Palliative Care and Beyond », presented by KU Medical Center
Thursday, March 22 – 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Ad Astra Room, HEB (KUMC)

The Compassion Experience », presented by Compassion International
Friday to Monday, March 23-26 – various times – Lenexa Baptist Church

Film Screening: Equal Means Equal », presented by the National Archives and UNA Women
Wednesday, March 28 – 6:00 p.m. – National Archives (near Union Station) – RSVP »

13th Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner », presented by the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest
Wednesday, April 11 – 6-8:30 p.m. – UMKC Student Union

Wyandotte County Ethnic Festival »
Saturday, April 14 – 11-5:30 – KCKCC Athletic Field House

25th Anniversary Gala », presented by Heart to Heart International
Saturday, April 14 – 6-11 p.m. – Sheraton Overland Park Hotel

Passport to India Festival », presented by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Sunday, April 15 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Comida KC: A World Tour of Latin Flavors », presented by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, April 26 – Union Station

2018 Diplomatic Ball », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission
Saturday, April 28 – Sheraton Crown Center

Global Table », presented by JVS
Sunday, April 29 – 6-8 p.m. – Oakwood Country Club

Discover Global Markets », presented by the U.S. Commercial Service
April 30 to May 2 – Kansas City

Go Global KC Luncheon, presented by World Trade Center–Kansas City
Wednesday, June 6

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.

Ninety Fulbright Scholars Seeking Dinner Hosts
Global Ties KC is looking for Home Hospitality hosts for 90 Fulbright Scholars for the evening of Monday, March 19. Each household will take 3-4 Scholars each. Hosts are asked to pick up their visitors from their hotel on the Plaza, provide a home cooked meal, then return them at the end of the evening. This opportunity is part of a Fulbright Enrichment Seminar on "Entrepreneurship and Innovation" from March 18-21 at the Kauffman Foundation. The event will showcase the entrepreneurial spirit of the Midwest and ways Kansas City’s entrepreneurial efforts have a ripple effect worldwide. If you or someone you know is interested in welcoming international visitors for an evening, please contact Sarah Martin at » or 816-421-4242 by Tuesday, March 13th.

Hosts Needed for Chinese Model United Nations Team
JCCC’s partner college in China will send its Model United Nations team to JCCC en route to the international competition in New York. These bright and motivated “Model UNers” are a pleasure to talk with and always a pleasure to host.  If you would like a brief and rewarding international experience, please consider hosting 1 or 2 of these students. They will arrive the afternoon of Monday, March 19, and depart the morning of Friday, March 23. During their time at JCCC, the students will be kept busy all day, so hosts will only be responsible for providing their student(s) with dinner and breakfast and getting them back and forth to JCCC during their stay. For more information, please contact Suzanne Maheu at ».

PREP-KC Seeks Volunteers to Mentor Students
For more information, contact PREP-KC ». To register for an opportunity, click here ».

  • Career Jumping is a fast-paced career exploration experience (set up like speed-dating) where professionals talk with 3-5 students in eight-minute increments to share their career stories. We are seeking professionals from all fields.
  • Mad City Money is a "game of life" designed to increase students' financial literacy. We are needing volunteers from all backgrounds to staff booths regarding topics including mortgage, transportation, daycare, and others. Directions for each booth will be provided to volunteers upon arrival. MCM is in partnership with the UMKC's Center for Economic Education and United Way of Greater Kansas City.
  • Career Speakers talk with students about their career pathway and how school is relevant to their future. Volunteers rotate through multiple classrooms for approximately 15 minutes each. PREP-KC is seeking volunteers from Arts, Communications, Health, Human Services, Business, IT, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Trades, and other related fields for all events.
  • IGNITE are hands-on experiences to expose students to a range of careers through interactive booths. We can help volunteers create an activity. We are seeking volunteers from all backgrounds.

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 in Action: once a week for two hours, meet with a single mentee to help them improve their English speaking skills as their Conversation Mentor. This program occurs at library locations of the participants’ choice.
  • 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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