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June 6, 2018: See You Next Week at the WWI Museum

Wednesday, June 6, 2018  
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Dear friends,

A few months ago, IRC member Jim Scott brought us an idea for a Global Experience program – part of the series that asks, "What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it?" At that program this evening, Jim and others shared about their experience with the Fulbright Program at Milwaukee Deli in downtown Kansas City. We love when IRC members and friends share with us what's important to them and help us think of future programs. If you have a program idea you'd like to share, please be in touch ».

If your evening is free next Tuesday, June 12, we hope to see you at the World War I Museum for a conversation on U.S. global engagement and the militarywith Col. Juan Ulloa and the Center for Civilians in Conflict's Dan Mahanty. The program, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public, but we ask attendees to register in advance to help with planning. The following week, the IRC's book club will reconvene with a book by Eliot Cohen on a related topic. More information on both events is available below.

We've been so happy to see registrations coming in for October's Your Global Future college and career fair for high-school students. If a business or organization you know would be interested in talking with tomorrow's leaders about global opportunities, we invite you to pass information along to them. You can read more here »

We appreciate your continued interest in raising a global perspective in Kansas City. Thank you for all you contribute to this important work.

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. trade war, June 12th's U.S.-North Korea Summit, protests in Jordan, uncertainty in Italy, the Iran Deal, unrest in Brazil, and instability in South Sudan. Read more »

This week's World Citizen Blog is a review of the book » Is This The End of the Liberal International Order
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.

Ellie Bartlett, Global Education Intern
Ellie Bartlett is a rising junior at New York University. She is double majoring in global public health and sociology and minoring in peace and conflict studies. Ellie is a member of NYU’s Presidential Honors Scholars program and has served as the treasurer for Voices for Planned Parenthood, an NYU club in coordination with Planned Parenthood’s Generation Action. This past semester, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, an experience she will never forget. Her particular interest in the cross sections of health policy and international relations stems from her experience working as a refugee goalie trainer with Global FC, and this experience also inspired her to become active in the International Rescue Committee at NYU. Outside of school, Ellie enjoys writing music, playing guitar, and hiking, and she hopes to one day work for either the United Nations or the World Health Organization.

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!


IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover with Rick Barton – Tuesday, June 12 – 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria - a quarter-century of stumbles in America's pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America's Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future. 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 contact Matthew ».

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 Foundation 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 »

Registration Open
Your Global Future 
– Tuesday, October 16 – 9-3 p.m. – Union Station
Away from the borders and coasts, Kansas City-area students are often surprised to find just how many international academic and professional opportunities await them after high school. This unique college and career fair will bring together dozens of international businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to show students just how global their future can be. The program will be underwritten by support from the participating organizations and generous Kansas City-area donors to ensure that attendance is completely cost-free for teachers and students. Sponsor packages to increase visibility and impact are available, and schools will be eligible to receive up to $200 to offset the cost of bus transportation. 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 ».

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Frank Lloyd Wright of Scotland », presented by Linda Hall Library
Thursday, June 7 – 7-8 p.m. – Linda Hall Library

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

14th Annual Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival, presented by the Society for Friendship with China and the Kansas City-Xi'an Sister City Committee
Saturday, June 9 – 10-3 p.m. – Ward Parkway and Wyandotte at Brush Creek

Human Flow Documentary », presented by KC for Refugees and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Sunday, June 24 – 1-3:30 p.m. – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

KCUR Central Standard Live, Immigration Stories: How We Got Here », presented by KCUR 89.3
Saturday, June 30 – 2-3 p.m. – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Turkic Food Festival », presented by the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City
Saturday, July 7 – 11-4 p.m. – Dialogue Institute

Kansas City and Chinese Sculpture Show, presented by the International Sculpture Foundation
Friday, July 13-Friday, August 31 – Leedy Voulkos Art Center

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

Dotteversity: A Celebration of the Ethnic Diversity in Wyandotte County »presented by the Central Avenue Betterment Association
Saturday, September 8 – 11-4 p.m. – Central Avenue Betterment Association

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

5th Annual "Celebration of International Friendship", presented by the Command and General Staff College Foundation
Thursday, October 4 – 7 p.m. – Kauffman Center for Performing Arts

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.

Immigrant and Opportunity Youth VISTA Capacity Coordinator
The VISTA would 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 details ».

AmeriCorps: Refugee School Impact and Citizenship Education Programs 
Catholic Charities of NE KS seeks a one-year AmeriCorps volunteer to work with their Refugee School Impact and Citizenship Education Programs. More information on the AmeriCorps program can be found here ». The person in this position will serve 1700 hours within a 12-month span and will receive an annual stipend of $12,530, paid bi-weekly. Use this link » to apply. Ideal start date is mid- to late-June.

Mowing for Global Gardens
JVS seeks volunteers to mow their Global Gardens. Click here » for more information.

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 ».


The Center for Strategic & International Studies
The Center for Strategic & International Studies recently launched “The Impossible State »,” a weekly podcast about North Korea featuring CSIS’s Victor Cha, Mike Green and Sue Mi Terry. The first podcast episode is an urgently conducted interview with Victor just minutes after the White House announced that President Trump had cancelled his June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. You can listen to “The Impossible State” on Apple Podcasts » orSoundcloud »