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April 25, 2018: Around the World in May

Wednesday, April 25, 2018  
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Dear friends,

We hope you're able to spend some time outdoors this week and enjoy the spring that has finally sprung. If you have some time over the coming weeks, we have some programs that may interest you, and we'd love to see you at one or more of them.

On Thursday, May 3, we invite you and your java-loving friends to a coffee world tour at the Roasterie. Global Experience programs like this one give us the chance to ask, "What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it?" On the tour, you'll hear the global story of the Roasterie's coffee varieties and have the chance to sample a nice variety of flavors.

We'll be gathering at Union Station on Wednesday, May 16, to welcome the Czech Ambassador and Slovak Consul General for a centennial commemoration of the Pittsburgh Agreement, which opened the way for the creation of the state of Czechoslovakia. Hear from the visiting diplomats on the significance of this historical event and get an update on the modern states of the Czech and Slovak Republics and their cultural and economic ties to the Midwestern U.S. Tickets are on sale now, including for full and sponsored tables. A business round table will follow the luncheon program.

Later in May we'll hear from a distinguished panel on the opportunities and challenges of Chinese investment in the U.S. This is a great chance to get your questions answered about the current trade and investment context of Sino-U.S. relations.

Please see below for more information on all these opportunities as well as a community calendar full of fabulous events and activities. We look forward to seeing 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 the Trump-Macron meeting, Koreas Summit, Democracy in Peril?, Erdogan's Authoritarianism, China-Taiwan tensions, and Cuba's new era. Read more »

This week, the IRC's World Citizen Blog is a member spotlight on IRC member Howard Trilling
. 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.

The Civic Engagement Program at UMKC is accepting registrations for Madam President Camp, a summer day camp for tween girls from across the Kansas City area. There are two choices of weeks: Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the UMKC Volker campus; or Monday, June 18 to Friday, June 22 (8:30 a.m.  to 4:30 p.m.) at the UMKC Volker campus. Girls attending the non-partisan camp will be given an exciting introduction to the world of leadership.  They’ll learn about goal setting, team building and public speaking.  Following the camp, each girl will be linked with a mentor, a local civic leader, who will continue to nurture her leadership interests as she grows into a young woman.  Over time, these graduates will create a growing network of politically savvy, confident young women who understand the value of good leadership and working together.  Ultimately they will become a force in the political community of Kansas City and beyond. Click here for more information ».

The VISTA will serve the immigrant and opportunity youth populations of the Greater Kansas City Area by reviewing and assessing how the YMCA of GKC currently serves the target populations. The VISTA will also gather and assess data, identify and expand partnerships to engage immigrant communities in the YMCA of GKC, and provide analysis and information useful for grant and other funding applications. As a result of the VISTA's service, resources on breaking the cycle of poverty will be more readily available, and Y associates will have a greater ability to communicate those resources. Click here for more information »

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 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 30. Read more »

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Discover Global Markets (DGM): Design + Construct conference is coming to Kansas City, MO, April 30 – May 2DGM is the U.S. Department of Commerce flagship event series for U.S. exporters to engage with decision makers or high level executives of companies from overseas countries.  Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about global construction opportunities, gain market intelligence on licensure and registration requirements, and schedule one-on-one meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats, project owners, developers and government officials from key markets, such as Brazil, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Peru, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Taiwan, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. In addition, major U.S. architecture, engineering and construction firms (“Primes”) will be on site seeking specialized suppliers of services, materials and equipment. Note that continuing education credits are also available from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). For more information and registration, please visit: questions, contact

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
Global Experience: The Roasterie Coffee World Tour – Thursday, May 3 – 4:45-6 p.m. – The Roasterie
Get your hairnets ready! On Thursday, May 3, we will venture where no IRC event has ventured before: from the forests of Brazil to the fields of Ethiopia, join as we learn about the international nature of Kansas City’s favorite drink. Through an exclusive tour of The Roasterie offered to IRC participants, we will learn about the global context of the coffee industry, including its political economy, distribution, & supply chain. Bring your questions and a willingness to sample some of the best coffee around. Tickets $5. Hairnets provided. Click here to reserve your spot »

Registration Open
Diplomat Luncheon: Czech Ambassador and Slovak Consul General Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Agreement 
– Wednesday, May 16 – 12-1:45 p.m. – Union Station
In commemoration of the Pittsburgh Agreement of 1918, which declared the intent to create an independent European state to be known as Czechoslovakia, the International Relations Council and the World Trade Center–Kansas City, together with the Czech and Slovak Club of Greater Kansas City, invite you to join us in welcoming to Kansas City Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček (Czech Republic) and Consul General Ladislava Begeç (Slovakia). A luncheon with an introduction to the Pittsburgh Agreement’s significance will be held at Union Station on Wednesday, May 16, with registration at 11:30. There, the visiting dignitaries will discuss the valuable role of the modern states of the Czech and Slovak Republics and the important economic, social, and cultural ties between the Czech and Slovak Republics and the U.S., with particular emphasis on the Midwestern United States. A smaller business round table will follow the lunch program. Read more and register »

Registration Open
The Opportunities and Challenges of Chinese Investment in the U.S.: A Public Forum – Thursday, May 24 – 11:30-1 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room, Union Station
Join us to learn about the practical opportunities and challenges of inbound foreign direct investment from China from the perspective of local communities and business partners, and Chinese investors themselves. Panelists will comment on the U.S. business environment and discuss trends in Chinese investment, as well as opportunities foreign investment offers the Greater Kansas City region. This event is open to the public and lunch will be served. Registration link available below. 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 ».

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

Driving Industry Forward: Priority Markets for Wichita's Global Clusters,  presented by the World Trade Council
Thursday, April 26 – 6 p.m. – Wichita Marriott

Using Trade Credit Insurance to Expand Your Export Sales », presented by the International Trade Council
Friday, April 27 – 7:15-9 a.m. – Trezo Mare

 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

Day of Remembrance: Remembering the Holocaust through Music,
Monday, April 30 – 6:30 p.m. – Metropolitan Community College, Maple Woods, Arbor Room (Campus Center Room 110)

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

Baile an Salsa »presented by the Kansas City Folk Festival
Friday, May 4 – 8-10 p.m. – Kansas City Irish Center

Pakistan: Understanding its Independence, presented by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of People to People
Friday, May 4 – 7-8 p.m. – Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, KS)

Cinco de Mayo Concert and Fiesta », presented by Guadalupe Centers
Friday and Saturday, May 4-5 – Guadalupe Centers

Cinco de Mayo 5-Qué », presented by Cinco de Mayo 5-Qué and Raceday Events
Saturday, May 5 – 10-1 p.m. – Guadalupe Centers

Children Should Not Fight Wars », presented by the UNA of Greater KC
Tuesday, May 8 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Central Library

Pop Up at the Monument (2 of 2), presented by the Jewish Community Center
Tuesday, May 8 – 1-1:30 p.m. – Jewish Community Campus

Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War »presented by Russian House of Kansas City
Wednesday, May 9 – 6-8 p.m. – Jewish Family Services

Asia Business Summit »presented by the Mid-America Asian Culture Association
Friday, May 11 – 2-5 p.m. – Overland Park Convention Center

, presented by the Mid-America Asian Culture Association
Saturday, May 12 – 10-8:30 p.m. – Overland Park Convention Center

Great War in the Middle East »presented by the National World War I Museum and Memorial
Wednesday, May 23 – 6:30-8 p.m. – National World War I Museum and Memorial

Trade in the Times of NAFTA, Tariffs, and Tweets », presented by the World Trade Center
Wednesday, June 6 – 11:30-1 p.m. – The Gallery, Kansas City Power and Light District

Latino Arts Festival », presented by Kansas City Kansas Latino Arts Festival
Saturday, September 22 – 1-6 p.m. – Lot in front of 520 Minnesota Avenue

An Evening with Henry Winkler », presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
Sunday, October 28 – Starlight Theater

 Taste of Portugal »
Friday,  November 9 – 7-10 p.m. – The Culinary Center of Kansas City

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

India Festpresented by the India Association of Kansas City
Sunday, August 26 – 10-6 p.m. – Overland Park Convention 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.

Volunteers Wanted for Citizenship Classes
All classes are led by a staff teacher and volunteers act as tutors who work in small groups with materials we provide. No preparation is required for each class and you can sign up for as few or as many time slots as you are available. There is a mandatory training for new volunteers. The volunteer training will be Friday morning, April 27, from 9-12 p.m.– this time slot, as well as all class times, can be signed up for through Signupgenius: » The training and all classes listed on that link are held at Catholic Charities in KCK: 2220 Central Ave. 66102 ».

Volunteers Wanted for Comida 2018
Each year, the dazzling Comida event showcases a variety of Latin dance, music, and culinary arts as a fundraiser for educational, civic, and business development programs offered by the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative. Volunteers make the event possible and are needed this year for areas such as setup, registration, liaising with attending restaurants, and cleanup. Comida 2018 will be held the evening of Thursday, April 26, at Union Station; volunteer shifts are available throughout the day. (Registration volunteers will need to attend a training at the Oak Park Mall Microsoft Store on Tuesday, April 17, from 6-7:30 p.m.) Volunteers age 21+ preferred; cocktail attire. Specific responsibilities, requirements, and volunteers opportunities can be viewed here ». Once their shift is finished, volunteers will be invited to attend the event. With any questions or interest from groups, please contact Edgar at ».

Volunteers Wanted for Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta is the original celebration of its kind in the Westside of KCMO. Growing in popularity, this year's celebration will be filled with attractions for the whole family, great authentic Mexican food, live entertainment to include a Mariachi band and folkloric dancers, local vendors, face painting, a 5K run/walk and kid's run, petting zoo, inflatables, contests and raffles and much more. Please contact Pat Munoz at » to sign up to help!

The American Councils Seeks Host Families for Exchange Students
The American Councils »  is looking for caring host families for merit-based scholar exchange students for the 2018-19 school year. These students come from the Middle East, Central Asia, S.E. Asia, some African nations, and eastern and southeast Europe. Of all the students who apply for the programs, some 3% are accepted to come to the U.S. Students receive a stipend of $125/month for personal expenses, and host families are reimbursed up to $300 for school related expenses, including winter clothes. Interested families are invited to contact Don Marsolek, Local Coordinator, American Councils and FPA member at happyforwandering@gmail.­com », or 913-558-5791.

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

To learn more, please visit the RISE website » or email the team ».