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May 2, 2018: Coffee World Tour Thursday

Wednesday, May 2, 2018  
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Dear friends,

If you like coffee, or if you need help recovering from jet lag, Thursday's Global Experience program is for you. We'll be taking a coffee world tour courtesy of Kansas City's own Roasterie. This program series invites participants to share their global story, and we know that the Roasterie has quite the story to tell. There's still time to sign up ». We hope to see you there!

In just two weeks, on Wednesday, March 16, the Czech Ambassador and Slovak Consul General will join us at Union Station to offer reflections on the 100th anniversary of the Pittsburgh agreement, which created the state of Czechoslovakia, and to update the audience on their respective countries and the European Union as a whole. Tables of ten, including sponsored tables, and individual tickets are available for this special diplomat luncheon. Please find more information below.

We have some free tickets for the upcoming 2018 Asian Cultural Festival (Saturday, May 12, in Overland Park) to give away. Be one of the first ten people to email Matthew » with the subject, "Ticket Giveaway," and we'll send you a family four-pack of tickets with our compliments.

Many thanks for your support of the IRC and a global perspective in Kansas City.

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 a new hope for the Koreas, the Iran nuclear deal, Armenian unrest, U.S.-Europe trade tensions, and biological attacks. Read more »

This week, the IRC's World Citizen Blog is a book review of Asian Security and the Rise of China »
. We welcome blog contributions from IRC members and friends. If you are interested in writing a blog post, please review some frequ ently asked questions », where you'll also find out how to submit your post.

Madame President Camp
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 ».

Internships in Mexico
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the U.S.-Mexico Foundation and the National Commission for Indigenous Peoples, is extending to American students interested an internship in Mexico this coming summer of 2018. Potential participants are required to be fluent in Spanish, enrolled in the third or fourth year of college education, and to commit to perform community work in regular business days for the duration of the internship. Lodging, meals and round transportation will be provided to the selected students. No monetary compensation is available. The full description of the program, along with the instructions for applying to the different projects and locations in Mexico are available here ».

Immigrant and Opportunity Youth VISTA
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 »

SQCC Intensive Summer Language Program
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 »

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 Closing Soon
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 Unit ed States. A smaller business round table will follow the lunch program. Read more and register »

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover with Michael McFaul
– Tuesday, May 15 – 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
In 2008, when Michael McFaul was asked to leave his perch at Stanford and join an unlikely presidential campaign, he had no idea that he would find himself at the beating heart of one of today’s most contentious and consequential international relationships. As President Obama’s adviser on Russian affairs, McFaul helped craft the U.S. policy known as “reset” that fostered unprecedented collaboration between the two countries. Then, as U.S. Ambassador to Russia (2012-2014), he had a front-row seat when this fleeting, hopeful moment crumbled with Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency. From Cold War to Hot Peace is a riveting inside account that combines history and memoir to tell the full story of U.S.-Russia relations from the fa ll of the Soviet Union to the new rise of the hostile, paranoid Russian president. The IRC is pleased to be able to offer this opportunity as a benefit for IRC members. To check your membership status or register for the call, please contact Matthew ».

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 »

Family Event
World Refugee Day 
– Saturday, June 23 – 11-2 p.m. – Ricci Auditorium at KC University of Medicine & Biosciences
At the IRC we talk about what's going on around the world and its connection to our local community. This year, the IRC is proud to partner with a range of area organizations to put on the 11th annual World Refugee Day celebration, a global event that recognizes the impact of refugees on our Kansas City community and beyond. Last year, more than 500 people, including refugees from 14 countries, attended and enjoyed entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family. Please join us! Read more here »

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 ».

The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States, presented by All Souls' Social Responsibility Board and Citizens for Justice in the Middle East
Thursday, May 3  6:15 p.m. – All Souls Unitarian Universality Church

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

4th Turkic Food Festival », presented by the Dialogue Institute
Saturday, May 5 – 2-6 p.m. – Dialogue Institute of Southwest

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

Social Media and Citizen Participation in Chinapresented by the Fulbright Scholar Program
Thursday, May 10  – 12 p.m.  – Johnson County Community College, CoLab – OCB 101

presented by the Fulbright Scholar Program
Thursday, May 10 – 12 p.m. – Johnson County Community College, Hudson Auditorium inside the Nerman Museum

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

The Crisis in Maternal & Reproductive Health, Globally and Locally », presented by the United Nations Association
Thursday, June 7  6-8:30 p.m. – Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

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

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

Aida Cuevas and Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlan, Totalmente Juan Gabriel », presented by Johnson County Community College
Friday, October 26 – 8 p.m. – Yardley Hall

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

Soweto Gospel Choir, Songs of the Free: Celebrating the Centennial Of Nelson Mandela's Birth », presented by Johnson County Community College
Friday, November 9 – 8 p.m. – Yardley Hall

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 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, an d 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 ».