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March 22, 2018: Just a Few Tables Remain for WorldQuest

Thursday, March 22, 2018  
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Dear friends,

Last evening's conversation on Brazil in 2018 was a valuable interdisciplinary look at political, economic, and sociocultural realities there, as well as a perfect excuse to enjoy some delicious Brazilian food. Thanks to everyone who joined us at the KU Edwards Campus, especially our group of fine presenters who were generous with their time and expertise. We'd love to do additional "portrait" programs like this in the future; please let us know » if there's a specific country or region of the world you'd like the IRC to explore in a future program.

In early April we'll be at Park University for two different programs, so here's a chance for our friends in the Northland to have a short commute – though anyone is most welcome for these free events. On Wednesday, April 4Ambassador Patrick Moon will look at NATO–Russia relations from the Cold War through current challenges, and on Monday, April 9, as part of our Global Experience series, we'll screen Big Sonia, which explores the life of a Holocaust survivor and her life in the KC metro area. Details on both programs are available below.

As the WorldQuest trivia night approaches on Thursday, April 5, we have only a limited number of individual tickets and full teams of eight still available. We strongly encourage any remaining trivia fans who do not yet have their tickets to register this week. You can find more information below. Our program coordinator, April, is still looking for a few more volunteers to help with the evening, so we welcome your help, too. April can be reached at ».

Academy-level members of the IRC will soon come together for 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 ».

On Monday, April 16, you're invited to a conversation on democracy and the Mexican and U.S. electoral system. As both Mexico and the United States approach important national and local elections, Head Consul Alfonso Navarro and University of Central Missouri Associate Professor Robynn Kuhlmann will offer insightful presentations on the voting process in both countries as extensions of their core democratic values, along with the systems' similarities and differences. The program will be bookended by a networking reception and time for questions with the presenters. Please find more information below.

We're getting the IRC Book Club » ready to start again in the summer, once the Great Decisions season has passed. Please take a look at past selections and let us know if you have ideas for books that might be interesting to IRC members and the broader community through the summer and autumn.

We hope you're enjoying the longer days, bluer skies, and warmer weather, and 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 cyberwar, Israel's 2007 attack on a Syrian nuclear site, the U.S.-Saudi relationship, Putin's reelection, China's show of strength, Slovakia's political fallout, and EU-Brexit progress. Read more »

This week, the IRC's World Citizen Blog looks at Bollywood fusion dance ». 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.

Maya Van Nuys, Events Intern
Maya Van Nuys is a junior at the University of Kansas with majors in Global and International Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies with minors in French and Economics. Maya is passionate about international studies, and this passion has led her to work with international students on campus as the student ambassador to the KU Applied English Center. She is the president of Jayhawks Without Borders, an international studies club, and serves as an executive board member for three other campus organizations. She was awarded the prestigious KU Global Scholars award, which allowed her to spend six weeks studying French at the École l'Étoile in Paris in summer 2017. Outside of school Maya teaches violin and fiddle lessons at the Americana Music Academy in Lawrence, Kansas. She loves to share music with children and adults of all ages and is an avid Beatles fan.

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 »

The American Australian Association offers small grants through its Dame Joan Sutherland Fund for aspiring American and Australian artists who show great talent in the fields of theater, fashion, dance, film and television, music, literary arts, visual arts, crafts, and design. Applications due Monday, April 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!


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 onMonday, 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 »

Registration Open
Democracy and the Mexican and U.S. Electoral Systems – Monday, April 16 – 5:30-8 p.m. – Lathrop Gage
This program will offer insight into the workings of the Mexican and U.S. electoral systems from two experts – Head Consul Alfonso Navarro of the Consulate of Mexico in Kansas City and University of Central Missouri Associate Professor Robynn Kuhlmann. Their presentations will show how each country's electoral system is an essential arm of its deeply held democratic values while also highlighting key similarities and differences between the systems. Audience questions will be encouraged in the Q&A session that will end the evening.Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. This program is presented by the IRC in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City and our friends at Lathrop Gage. 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

A Taste of Passover », presented by JVS
Tuesday, March 27 – 6-8 p.m. – Travois (KCMO)

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 GKC Hispanic Collaborative
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.

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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