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August 1, 2018: Meet International Fashion Designers Next Week

Wednesday, August 1, 2018  
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Dear friends,

Before summer says farewell and students are back in school, we have a few more events that might pique your interest. We've just added an IRC-exclusive opportunity next Friday, August 10, to meet fashion designers from around the world. They'll be in town for a vibrant runway show the next day at the Overland Park Convention Center, but IRC members and friends are being afforded an incredible chance to meet these designers, understand their work and influences, and learn more about the international fashion industry. There's no cost to attend this Global Experience, but we do ask that you register below as space will be limited. We hope you can join us next Friday – and check out the fashion show the following day!

On Wednesday, August 15, the IRC Book Club will explore Latin America's recent history through the lens of Michael Reid's recently updated work, Forgotten Continent. As U.S. influence in Latin America wanes », it's essential to consider the complex internal and external social, political, and economic factors at play in this region with a collective population twice as large as the U.S.

We're excited this week to welcome a new corporate member, RSM US LLP, to the International Relations Council, and we look forward to introducing them to you soon. If your company, nonprofit, or university is interested in learning more about organizational member, please reach out to Matthew ».

Do check out the growing calendar below and join us for an August event if you're able.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
mhughes@irckc.org » • 816-423-2632

WEEKLY WORLD NEWS DIGEST 
Each week, the World Affairs Councils of America publishes a digest of news stories covering topics from around the world. This week's digest focuses on Pakistan’s future with Imran Khan, Trump and Rouhani, Zimbabwe’s first post-Mugabe election, NATO’s struggles, Iraqi Crises, and strained U.S.-Mexico relations. Read more »


THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD CITIZEN BLOG
This week, the World Citizen Blog is a review of the book Drift » by Rachel Maddow. 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.

NEW AND RENEWING IRC MEMBERS
We'd like to express our thanks to the following individuals and organizations for joining or renewing their membership with the IRC in the month of July. If you would like to learn more about becoming an IRC member, please visit our website » for more information.

Corporate Members

Individual and Family Level Members

  • Gul Sana Ahmad
  • Bryan Boots
  • Christina Luhn
  • Dr. Judith Grimes
  • Gregory Hoffmann (Family)
  • Dr. Brad Kleindl
  • Hon. Barbara Nelson
  • Doug Obershaw
  • Dr. Joy Stevenson
  • Tom Waggoner (Family)


IN MEMORIAM: JUDY GEMMILL

We are very sad to share that Judy Channon Gemmill, a long-time participant in the Waldo Great Decisions group, has passed away at the age of 88. Judy was born in Kansas City Missouri August 20, 1929, to James Allen Channon and Evelyn Bray Channon. She was a graduate of JC Nichols Grade School, Southwest High School, and the University of Missouri Columbia where she joined Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and met her future husband Bob Gemmill. Bob and Judy had two sons, Paul Gemmill and Bert Gemmill of Kansas City. She is survived by her sons, two grandchildren, Eric Gemmill and Elizabeth Zamora as well as five great-grandchildren, Annie, Aaron, Favian, Ava and Claudia. Judy was a teacher in the Kansas City area public and private schools and was owner and proprietor of Monarch Transfer & Storage Company. In later life, she earned a degree in political science at UMKC. She was a long-time officer and director of the Kansas City League of Women Voters. Her other organizations included the Waldo Great Decisions Group, Spark (Senior Peers Actively Renewing Knowledge), the United Nations Association, and Shepard Center.


HELP US GET TO KNOW OUR MEMBERS
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!

UPCOMING IRC EVENTS

IRC Member Benefit 
Cover to Cover: Author Lilley Explores an Unusual Cold War Theater – Wednesday, August 8 – 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
After surviving the blitzkrieg of World War II and escaping from three Nazi prison camps, Soviet soldier Azamat Altay fled to the West and was charged as a traitor in his homeland of Kyrgyzstan in Soviet Central Asia. Chingiz Aitmatov became a hero of Kyrgyzstan, propelled by family loss to write novels about the everyday lives of his fellow citizens. Altay became the voice of democracy on Radio Liberty, broadcasting back into his shuttered homeland, while Aitmatov rose through the ranks of Soviet society, a quiet rebel whose prose masked ugly truths about Soviet communism. Yet just as they seemed to be pulled apart by the divisions of the Cold War, they found their lives intersecting in compelling ways, joined by a common mission to save their people. In his new book, Have the Mountains Fallen?: Two Journeys of Loss and Redemption in the Cold War, Jeffrey Lilley traces the lives of these two men as they confronted the full threat and legacy of the Soviet empire. Through narratives of loss, love, and longing for a homeland forever changed, a clearer picture emerges of the struggle for freedom inside the Soviet Union during the Cold War. 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 ».

Registration Open
Global Experience: Meet International Fashion Designers 
– Friday, August 10 – 6-7 p.m. – Overland Park Marriott
Join the IRC as we meet international fashion designers who will be rehearsing for an international fashion show. From 6-7 p.m., attendees will get an exclusive opportunity to have an intimate question-and-answer session with the designers on the global aspects of their work. Attendees are welcome to come before 6 or stay after 7 to also observe the designers as they rehearse for an international fashion show, which will occur the next day. For those whose interest is piqued by this Global Experience, you may choose to attend the International Fashion Show occurring on Saturday, August 11. Details on Saturday’s fashion show can be found online »Read more and register »

Registration Open
IRC Book Club: Forgotten Continent: A History of the New Latin America – Wednesday, August 15 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. With political and economic realities continuing to shift, Latin America will be the focus of the next Book Club meeting. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. Please join us! Read more and register »

Registration Open
An Evening with Sarah Margon: Washington Director of Human Rights Watch 
– Thursday, September 13  – 5:30-8 p.m.  – Stinson Leonard Street
 
Join us as we hear from Sarah Margon, the Washington director of Human Rights Watch. Read more and register »

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 »

Registration Opening Soon
What Do You Owe the World? – Tuesday, October 30 – 7-9 p.m. – Jewish Community Campus
The IRC is proud to support the Command and General Staff College Foundation at Fort Leavenworth and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City to provide a civil environment for thoughtful discussions about critical issues addressing the question: What do you owe the world? The speaker for this event is Dr. Shannon French, Inamori professor of ethics and director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University. Read more here »


IRC SPEAKERS BUREAU
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.

IRC PROGRAM SUGGESTION BOX
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.

OTHER INTERNATIONAL EVENTS IN KANSAS CITY
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 ».

Wall of Respect: "The Big Reveal" », presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater KC
Thursday, August 9 – 7 p.m. – Jewish Community Campus

Global Trade & Inland Waterways: A New Paradigm in International & Domestic Freight Movement », presented by the International Trade Council 
Friday, August 10 – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – KC Chamber Boardroom at Union Station

Singapore National Day Celebration », presented by KC Merlions
Saturday, August 11 – 12:30-3:30 p.m. – Hyatt Place Overland Park

22nd Annual Eid Celebration & Annual Dinner », presented by the Crescent Peace Society
Saturday, August 11 – 5-10 p.m. – Overland Park Marriott

73rd Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting », presented by the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City
Thursday, August 16 – 5-7:30 p.m. – Piropos

Ethnic Enrichment Festival », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission
August 17-19 – Swope Park

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

Youth Movie Night: Enemy of the Reich, the Noor Inayat Khan story », presented by Give Seven Days and KCIYA
Thursday, August 23 – 6-8:45 p.m. – Center for Spiritual Living (KCMO)

Open Spaces »presented by Open Spaces KC
August 25-October 28 – Swope Park

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

Strategies for IP Protection in China », presented by UMKC School of Law
Thursday, August 30 – 8:30-4:30 – UMKC School of Law

Kansas City Irish Festival », presented by Kansas City Irish Fest
Friday, August 31-Sunday, September 2  –  Crown Center

Executive Leader Summit », presented by the CGSC Foundation
Thursday, September 6 – 12-5 p.m. – Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

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

Filipino Association 50th Anniversary Gala », presented by the Filipino Association of GKC
Saturday, September 15 – 5:45-11:59 p.m. – Crown Center

Trade Mission: Mexico », presented by KC EDC
September 16-20 – Mexico City and Guadalajara

Refugee Journey Stories, presented by JVS
Monday, September 17 – 5-6:30 p.m.  JVS

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

18th Edgar Snow Symposium: "80 Years of Exchange" », presented by the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation
October 4-6 – InterContinental Hotel

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

What Do You Owe the World?, presented by the Jewish Community Center of Greater KC
Tuesday, October 30 – 7-9 p.m. – Jewish Community Campus

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

Creating a Cultural Bridge, presented by JVS
Tuesday, November 13 – 5-6:30 p.m. – JVS

Mid-America Trade Summit, presented by the International Trade Center
Wednesday-Thursday, November 14-15 – University of Missouri, Columbia


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
Call for Proposals: Educational Equity and Human Rights Annual Conference
Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.) seeks proposals for their October 5, 2018 conference at the Crossroads Academy. The G.A.M.E. Conference on Educational Equity and Human Rights will bring together educators, parents, and community members to build capacity, knowledge, and skills to transform education and improve student outcomes. The conference will offer sessions that engage participants in learning about tools, strategies, and new research for improving practices and policies to close the achievement gap and increase access to high quality education.For more information, please see the website » here or email info@kcglobalconcepts.org ».

EDC Mexico Trade Mission Trip
The EDC and City would like to continue to provide export resources to help the local business community grow internationally (95% of world’s consumers are outside of the US). Therefore, they will be leading a Mexico Trade Mission trip and partnering with other local international export organizations to assist on providing new business opportunities for companies where you will meet with government officials/key trade business organizations. Upon registering, the EDC will provide an agenda and cost information and will start setting up your company’s 1-on-1 business meetings. A 50% deposit of total cost will be requested upon commitment to secure accommodations, transportation, and key business opportunities for you in Mexico. Please click here to register ».


INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN KANSAS CITY
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.

Citizenship Education Outreach & Expansion VISTA
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas seeks an AmeriCorps VISTA. The Citizenship Education Program offers three levels of civics and literacy classes, as well as interview preparation tutoring for refugees and immigrants in the Kansas City Area who are eligible to apply for the naturalization process. The center is located at CCNEK Central Office in Wyandotte County (Kansas City, KS). The purpose of the Citizenship Education Program is to enable refugees and immigrants to easily access civics and literacy instruction relevant to the naturalization process and citizenship interview test. The focus of this role will primarily be assisting the Citizenship Program Manager with increasing outreach for, and expansion of, the program. Apply by Saturday, August 25Click here for more information »

Mexican Delegation to the United Nations
Each year, 
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls for young men and women to join the Mexican Delegation to the United Nations during the UN General Assembly meeting of September. In 2018, for the first time this opportunity is open to those Mexicans residing in the United States and, in particular, to Mexican recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Two individuals will be selected, and transportation, lodging and per-diem will be provided. No monetary compensation (such as salary) will be given. The general requirements are: 1. Mexican nationality by birth or naturalization; 2. Ages 18-24 years old; 3. Currently residing in the United States; 4. Valid DACA status; 5. Present full on-line application; 6. Present supporting documentation as indicated in the on-line application; 7. Deliver an essay related to the topics indicated in the attached document; 8. Availability to have an interview via videoconference; 9. Strong analytical skills and general knowledge of the UN General Assembly agenda; 10. Availability for on-line training, and for participating in the UN General Assembly from October 1 through 19. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact conkansas@sre.gob.mx » or telephone (816) 556-0800, Ext 714.

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. Apply by Monday, July 30. Click here for more details ».

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 ».


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
IRC International Directory
The IRC is currently developing an online directory of organizations in the Kansas City metro area that have international connections, work, or interests. This is a resource that allows the public to identify, learn about, and contact these organizations and enrich their international experience of Kansas City. Visit the IRC website to view and use the directory ». We'd love to make sure your organization is included in the directory. If you'd like to be included, please fill out this survey ».



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10/25/2018 » 10/27/2018
Greater KC Peacebuilding Conference

10/30/2018
What Do You Owe The World?

11/1/2018
2018 Global Honors Evening

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