News & Press: Newsletters

May 9, 2018: Networking Events in May and June

Wednesday, May 9, 2018  
Share |

Dear friends,

Congratulations to all the students and teachers who are finishing their school year – and, in some cases, degrees – this week, including our spring interns (Antoine, Bryce, Chris, Ellis, Maya, and Shane) who have been such a great help over the last few months. We hope you have a well-deserved summer break, with maybe a little international travel planned. 

In May Kansas City will have some special visitors, and we hope you'll be able to join us for one or more of their visits. A week from today, we'll welcome the Czech Ambassador and Slovak Consul General for a special luncheon. There, we'll remember the Pittsburgh Agreement of 1918 and hear status updates on the Czech and Slovak Republics. Read more and register for this Wednesday, May 16, event ».

The following week, together with the World Trade Center, Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation, and KU Law School, we'll get an update on Chinese investment in the United States. With the uncertain and changing reality of trade relations between China and the U.S., this lunch program will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in business with East Asia. Click here to learn more about the expert panel and register »

May and June will offer some excellent networking opportunities. On Wednesday, May 30, we'll be at Diastole Scholars' Center with Children's Mercy, KU Medical Center, and UMKC. Attendees will be able to learn more about the international work of each of these excellent institutions and even take a tour of Children's Mercy Hospital. The following week, on Wednesday, June 6, we'll hear about the Fulbright Program and international exchange opportunities from some IRC members and friends. Other Fulbright alumni, Fulbright organizing partners, and interested individuals are most welcome to attend. Both events are cost-free, but we do ask for advance registration. More information is available below.

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 U.S. leaving the Iran deal, the Haspel CIA controversy, U.S.-North Korea relations, Armenia's new prime minister, Malaysian elections, and global health. Read more »

This week, the IRC's World Citizen Blog is a reflection on the global nature of Kansas City » from the IRC Executive Director, Matthew Hughes
. 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.

Barbara Dolci International Studies Scholarship
Global Ties KC is please to announce we are accepting applications for the Barbara Dolci International Studies Scholarship for 2018. Amount: $500 Eligibility: The contest is open to any student who is interested in international education, volunteering, or study abroad. The scholarship is awarded to students who are pursuing opportunities related to international affairs and/ or public/ community service. Scholarship funds can be used, but are not limited to the following purposes: Continued studies in an international field, study abroad opportunities, student research or service and international travel related to education and humanitarian aid. Applications are due by May 11, 2018Click here for more information and to apply »

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 »

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!


Next Week
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 busin ess 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 »

Free Event
IRC Networking Hour
 – Wednesday, May 30 – 5-7 p.m. – Diastole Scholars Center 
IRC networking hours give IRC members and friends the chance to get to know each other and the work of the IRC's organizational partners. On Wednesday, May 30, please join us at Diastole Scholars' Center on Hospital Hill as we get to know Children's Mercy Hospital, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and the University of Missouri–Kansas City. All are invited to this free networking event. Refreshments provided; tours of Children's Mercy Hospital available. Read more and register »

Free Event
Global Experience: The Fulbright Program – Wednesday, June 6 – 6-7:30 p.m. – Milwaukee Deli
The IRC's Global Experience series asks, "What's your global story? Do you have the chance to share it?" Join IRC member Jim Scott and other Fulbright Program alumni as they share about their specific experiences with the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Other Fulbright alumni, Fulbright organizing partners, and interested individuals are most welcome. The event is free and open to the public; reservations are requested to help with planning. Read more and register »

Free Event
Decisions: US Global Engagement and the Military
– Tuesday, June 12  – 6:30-8 p.m. (Reception at 6)  – WWI Museum
As the global power balance evolves, the United States faces complex questions concerning the roles of its military. Join us for an expert panel conversation featuring Juan Ulloa, Command and General Staff College, and Daniel Mahanty, Center for Civilians in Conflict, as they address the differing views of the U.S. military in the 21st century global community. Presented in partnership with the National World War I Museum & Memorial. Cash bar/small plates begins at 6 p.m. FREE with RSVP.Read more and register »

Free Event
IRC Book Club: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force 
– Thursday, June 21 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Fou ndation Conference Center
After considering U.S. global engagement and the military as part of the 2018 Great Decisions conversations, the IRC Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 21, to discuss Eliot Cohen's new book about the limits of soft power and the necessity of military force. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. Please join us! 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 ».

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

Social Media and Citizen Participation in Chinapresented 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

Doing Business with South Africa », presented by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Thursday, May 17 – 8-10 a.m. – Union Station

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

Kansas International Trade Day », presented by the Kansas Department of Commerce
Tuesday, June 5 – 8-5 p.m. – Lawrence DoubleTree

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

Dinner-Dance: 45th Anniversary of Sister City Relationship Between Kansas City and Morella (Mexico), presented by the Kansas City Sister Cities Association
Saturday, August 18 – 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m.  – Intercontinental Hotel at the Plaza

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.

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 ».