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Volunteers Needed for the Ethnic Enrichment Festival

Wednesday, August 8, 2018  
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Dear friends,

The IRC Book Club is getting ready for next week's meeting on the Forgotten Continent with a discussion on modern Latin America. UMKC associate professor of History, Dr. Viviana Grieco, will lead the conversation. It's not too late to sign up for this free event; please see below for more information.

Kansas City has some incredible festivals, and a personal favorite of mine is put on each August by our friends at the Ethnic Enrichment Commission, an IRC organizational member. The annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival » (Friday to Sunday, August 17-19, at Swope Park) is a great family outing and a fun way to get to know the food, arts, and people of the world right here in our own global community. As we did last year, the IRC will have an informational booth at the festival, and we'd love your help staffing it. You'll get to meet other internationally engaged members of the community and share about the IRC – plus, the IRC will cover your admission to the festival (normally $5 for adults). Please sign up here » for the shift of your choice, and we'll be in touch with more information.

We've just added two September events that we think you'll enjoy. The first is a cooking class presented by the Thai Cultural Center of Greater Kansas City, an IRC organizational member. Attendees will receive expert instruction on the ins and outs of some essential Thai dishes before tasting their work. Space is limited for this unique Global Experience, so we encourage you to register at your earliest convenience. In September, we'll also welcome Sarah Margon, Washington director for Human Rights Watch, who will offer an update on human rights around the world in a moderated conversation at the offices of IRC organizational member Stinson Leonard Street, and Ms Margon will come ready to take your questions. Please mark your calendars now for these special opportunities and register using the links below.

We look forward to seeing you around Kansas City in the coming weeks!

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. The digest will return next week.

This week, the World Citizen Blog is a spotlight on the YMCA of Greater Kansas City », an IRC nonprofit member. 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.

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
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 ».

Family Event
Visit the IRC at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival – Friday-Sunday, August 17-19 – Swope Park
Feel the world beat in the heart of America. This event is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country and features more than 60 different cultures selling their native foods, crafts and performing ethnic music and dances. The festival is held during the third full weekend of August near the front entrance of historic Swope Park. For more information, visit the Ethnic Enrichment Commission website ». Be sure to swing by the IRC's booth to say hello and learn more about our upcoming programs. To sign up to volunteer at the IRC's booth (and receive complimentary admission), please visit this spreadsheet ».

IRC Member Benefit 
Cover to Cover: Ambassador Vicki Huddleston Our Woman in Havana 
– Wednesday, August 22 – 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
Peeling back the "Sugar Curtain" to examine several decades of stormy relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Vicki Huddleston », the top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, provides an essential memoir. Huddleston recounts missed opportunities for detente and the myths and misconceptions that have long pervaded the U.S.-Cuban standoff. Her perspectives on the Obama administration's diplomatic opening of 2014, the mysterious "sonic" brain and hearing injuries suffered by American and Canadian diplomats who were serving in Havana, and the Trump administration's reversal of the Obama opening, are nuanced and well presented. Huddleston also peers into the future, when for the first time in more than six decades no one named Castro will be Cuba's leader. 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: Thai Cooking Class 
– Tuesday, September 4 – 6-8 p.m. – NourishKC
The IRC's Global Experience series asks, "What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it?" Join the IRC as we get hands-on cooking instruction from our friends at the Thai Cultural Center of Greater Kansas City, an organizational member of the IRC. After the food is made, be sure to stick around to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Please notify the IRC of any dietary restrictions no later than Tuesday, August 28. Due to kitchen regulations, attendance for this event is capped at 20 participants. Registration will close on Tuesday, August 28Read 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 »


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 – 6-9 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

4th Annual Convocation », presented by the KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures 
Thursday, August 30 3:30-6 p.m. University of Kansas Student Union Ballroom

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 Submissions: Peace Journalism
The Center for Global Peace Journalism seeks submissions on peace journalism initiatives, research, and more. General submissions about peace projects are not accepted unless they entail a media angle. Submissions should be 500-1,500 words, and sent to Steven Youngblood (editor of The Peace Journalist and director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University) by Friday, September 7. Photos are welcome. For more about the magazine, and our Center for Global Peace Journalism, please see ».

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 ».


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 ».

These are just a sampling of international volunteer opportunities in Kansas City. Visit the Volunteer Center » for more one-time and ongoing opportunities to support international initiatives.

The Simulations Center Seeks Student Volunteers for World Crisis Simulation Testing
The Simulations Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to reinforcing social studies concepts of economics, political science, and geography by providing hands-on learning experiences. During the World Crisis simulation, students participate as a country-team to re-establish international trade with other student country-teams and then are challenged by a global economic or political crisis. The Simulations Center is looking for high school students interested in government, international affairs, business/economics, or journalism to participate in our testing as we grow World Crisis from a classroom experience into a large multi-school simulation event. Please contact Ray Barbosa ( to sign up or to learn more.

Career Jumping and Career Speaking
Are you a professional with an internationally focused career? Consider volunteering with Career Jumping or Career Seeking, organized by Prep-KC. 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 stories. 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. We are seeking professionals from all fields. Read more and register ».

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 ».