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Announcing the 2018 Global Honors Evening

Wednesday, August 22, 2018  
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Dear friends,

We enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces and new friends at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival last weekend. Special thanks to the Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Commission and the hardworking groups who have showcased the world in our community for the last 39 years. Thanks, too, to UMKC Associate Professor Viviana Grieco for sharing her expertise on Latin America at last week's meeting of the IRC Book Club.

As you may know, for more than 30 years, the IRC has hosted an annual awards event to recognize individuals and organizations for contributions to foreign policy and global affairs, international commerce, or the Kansas City community. Last year, we renamed this celebration the Global Honors Evening and recognized General Richard Myers, the Consular Corps of Greater KC, and UMKC. We're excited to begin sharing information with you about this year's event on Thursday, November 1, at the InterContinental Hotel, and we'll offer full announcements soon on this year's honorees. Registration for individual tickets and event sponsors is now open ». We'd love to have you there!

Limited space remains for our upcoming Thai cooking class on Tuesday, September 4. If you've been thinking about attending, now is the time to register. September will also include a visit from Sarah Margon, the Washington director for Human Rights Watch, who will offer a survey of human rights concerns around the world. We've asked her to be sure to include those areas with which we might not be as familiar, so you won't want to miss the conversation at Stinson Leonard Street law firm in downtown KCMO.

We're pleased to share that our national network organization, the World Affairs Councils of America, is once again making it possible for up to 25 undergraduate students from around the U.S. to attend cost-free the WACA national conference » in Washington, D.C., from November 7-9. The conference is an excellent opportunity to meet and hear from diplomats, experts in international relations, and many other impressive individuals with global connections. The IRC is able to nominate one student from our area, so we've put out a call for applications in this flyer ». Please share this information with undergraduate students you know who would be interested, and note the application deadline of Friday, September 7. Don't hesitate to be in touch with any questions.

As we move into fall, our new group of university interns has arrived. We'll be introducing them to you in the newsletter over the next few weeks and encourage you to say hello when you see them at an upcoming program. We couldn't do this important work without them – or you. Thank you for your continued support of the IRC.

 Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-423-2632

This week, the World Citizen Blog is a review of the book Capital Without Capitalism ». 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.

Each year, the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) provides up to 25 undergraduate students from around the country a scholarship to attend the conference at no cost to students. (No high school students or graduate students may apply.) The IRC may recommend one student from our council to receive this scholarship. Before, during, and after the conference, the student will be expected to post on social media about her/his experience, and a two-page report on the experience will be due by Monday, December 3, 2018. To apply, submit a resume and cover letter to Matthew Hughes at with the subject, “WACA Scholarship Application,” no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 7Click here for application details and guidelines ».


Gianna Cado, Digital Resources Intern
Gianna Cado is currently a sophomore at University of Missouri-Kansas City, majoring in Mathematics and Statistics with a minor in Anthropology. At UMKC, she is a member of the Honors College. In the past, Gianna has interned with the City of Kansas City, Missouri City Council. She was also involved in Girl Scouts, earning her Gold Award. In the future, Gianna plans to pursue a master’s degree in the field of statistics. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and watching movies.



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 28
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, for this survey of human rights around the world in 2018. 
Read more and register »

Registration Open
Book Club: War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence 
Tuesday, October 2 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation 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. Please join us for this thought-provoking exploration of the transformation in America’s place in the world by Pulitzer prize-winning author Ronan Farrow. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. 
Read more and register »

Registration Open
Global Experience: Emilie's French Teas – 6-7:30 p.m. – October 3 – Emilie's French Teas
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 hear from the founders of Centered Spirit Cultural and Holistic Center and Emilie's French Teas in Waldo as they speak on the global nature of tea. Topics will include the history, sourcing, and cultural meanings of tea around the world. After the presentation, participants will be encouraged to taste free tea samples, ask questions, and discuss this delicious beverage with fellow attendees. 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 » 

Registration Open 
Global Honors Evening – Thursday, November 1 – 5:30-9 p.m. – InterContinental Hotel 
Each year since the early 1980s, the IRC has recognized individuals and organizations for contributions to foreign policy and global affairs, international commerce, or the Kansas City community. In 2018, we’re pleased once again to celebrate a range of individuals and groups that make Kansas City a shining global community, this time with a special evening on the Kansas City Plaza. The celebration will include cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and dessert, live entertainment, special recognitions, and the chance to meet some of Kansas City's most notable and beloved global citizens. Please join us! 
Read more and register »

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 ».

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)

Irish Center of KC Gala »presented by the Irish Center of KC 
Friday, August 24 – 7-11 p.m. – Drexel Hall

Building Communities: Refugees in KC », presented by Resist Hate KC 
Saturday, August 25 – 2-4 p.m. – KCK Public Library South Branch

Open Spaces »presented by Open Spaces KC
Saturday, August 25- Sunday, 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

Around the World: Movies and Memories », Kansas City Public Library
Sunday, August 26 – 2 p.m. – Plaza Library 

U.S. Soy Global Trade Exchange & Midwest Specialty Grains Conference and Trade Show », presented by the U.S. Soybean Export Council
Tuesday-Thursday, August 28-30  – Sheraton at Crown Center

The Impact of Immigration on Education », presented by Latinx Education Collaborative 
Wednesday, August 29 – 5:30-7 p.m. – Mid-Continent Public Library (North Independence Branch)

English for Citizenship Classes », presented by Kansas City Public Library RISE 
Wednesdays, August 29-November 14 – Central Library

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

Brazil Webinar: Petrobras Onshore Rig and Service Demands », presented by Commercial Service News 
Wednesday, September 5 – 1 p.m.

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

Ft. Leavenworth Series: The Italian Home Front in World War II », presented by the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
Thursday, September 6 – 3-4:30 p.m. – Dole Institute 

The Great War through Children’s Eyes: Propaganda and Every Day Life in the Hapsburg Monarchy, presented by the Czech & Slovak Club of Kansas City 
Friday, September 7 – 9-10:30 a.m. – Whistle Stop Room, Truman Library 

First Friday Reception: Czechs & Slovaks on their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence, presented by the Czech & Slovak Club of Kansas City
Friday, September 7 – 5-9 p.m. – Buttonwood Art Space

Exhibit: Czechs & Slovaks on their Difficult Road to Peace and Independence », presented by the Czech & Slovak Club of Kansas City
September 7-28 – Buttonwood Art Space

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

18th Biennial Edgar Snow Symposium », presented by the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation
Thursday-Saturday, October 4-6, 2018 – InterContinental Hotel

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

JapanFest », presented by KC Japan Festival 
Saturday, October 6 –10 a.m.-7 p.m. – Johnson County Community College

Annual Economic Forecast, presented by the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce 
Friday, October 19 – 7:30-9 a.m.  Kansas City Downtown Marriott

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

Unmasking the Spy: Intelligence Gathering », presented by the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
Tuesday, October 30 – 7-8:30 p.m. – Dole Institute 

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

Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner », presented by Heartland Alliance of Divine Love 
Sunday, November 11 – 4-6:30 p.m. – St. Paul's Episcopal Church

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 ».

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 ».


Learn a Language with Pronunciator 
Brought to you by the Kansas City Public Library, Pronunciator offers phrase tutorials for over 80 languages, including ESL. Courses are available for English speakers or for native speakers of 50 other languages. Learn on a desktop or access from your mobile device. 
Click here to access this resource ».

World Affairs Councils of America National Conference: Braving the New World Order
For nearly three decades, the WACA National Conference has brought World Affairs Council leaders and members to engage with top government officials, diplomats, business executives, innovators, journalists, educators, and students on the most pressing global issues and policy choices that impact our lives. By attending this year's WACA Conference in Washington, DC, you will benefit from: Expert opinions, timely insights, and audience dialogue about the United States' role in the world Access to extraordinary speakers, thought leaders, and ambassadors available for local Council programming Bipartisan, diverse, and inclusive perspectives on the Administration’s "America First" philosophy Visits to think tanks and embassies, networking receptions, and dinners Professional development, leadership training, mentoring, and peer-to-peer networking. 
Click here for more information and to register ».