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Help Us Welcome the Washington Director of Human Rights Watch in September

Wednesday, August 29, 2018  
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Dear friends,

Some valuable opportunities for international engagement in our Kansas City community are approaching in the coming weeks, and we hope you'll join us for one or more. You'll find a complete listing and links to register below, but to highlight a few:

  • We have just a couple spots left for our Thai cooking class Global Experience on Tuesday, September 4, but we do ask that you register as soon as possible to help with planning. The menu includes a delicious Thai soup, entree, and dessert, and we're excited to work with the Thai Cultural Center of Greater Kansas City, an IRC organizational member, to bring you this opportunity.
  • Sarah Margon, the Washington director of Human Rights Watch, will make a visit to Kansas City in mid-September. We'll have two public programs available – a luncheon with other area organizations to talk about women's issues around the world an an evening interview-style program that will present a global survey of human rights concerns and progress. If you're new to the IRC, the evening program in particular will give you a sense of the speaker programs we offer through the course of the year. Both will be a great way to meet others in the IRC network.

Just over a week remains for undergraduate students to submit an application if they are interested in attending the 2018 national conference of the World Affairs Councils of America with a full scholarship. We love taking a Kansas City-area student with us to engage with other councils, diplomats, journalists, think-tank experts, and other individuals interested in global affairs. Please share the information below with an undergraduate student you believe would enjoy the opportunity.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-423-2632

This week, the World Citizen Blog is an event 
recap of the Ethnic Enrichment Festival ». 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 ».


Shadow Day matches college students interested in the sector with local nonprofit professionals for a day of learning and networking. The event allows undergraduate and graduate students to experience a workday in their dream job and develop connections in the nonprofit community. In 2017, over 120 students from 20 local colleges and universities participated in Shadow Day. The IRC is participating as a host organization for this event, so be sure to consider applying to shadow at the IRC as well as the other participating international organizations. Click here » for more information and to register by the Friday, September 21, deadline.


Chiquita Jackson, Membership Intern
Chiquita Jackson is a senior at the University of Kansas studying Political Science, African American Studies, and Social Justice on a Pre-law track. Her leadership experience has prepared her to be successful in many areas, especially with public speaking, professional networking, and decision making. After college, she plans to attend law school so she can defend and protect those who are underrepresented in society. She is thrilled to be this fall's membership intern, and she looks forward helping others gain awareness about the IRC and how international Kansas City is.



Registration Closing Soon
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. 
Read more and register »

Registration Open
Expert Luncheon: Issues Facing Women Around the World 
– Thursday, September 13 – 12-1:30 p.m. – Lidia's Kansas City
Please join the IRC, the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City, and other area organizations as we discuss issues facing women around the world with special guest Sarah Margon, Washington director of Human Rights Watch, during a lunch program at Lidia's Kansas City. The ticket price includes a three-course plated lunch. 
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 »

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

Meet the World, presented by Missouri Western State University International Student Services
Thursday, August 30 – 4-5 p.m. – Blum 218/219

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

Latin American Cinema Festival: The Colors of the Mountain, presented by Sociedad Hidalgo 
Saturday, September 1 – 11 a.m. – Rio Theater

Turkic Food Festival, presented by the Dialogue Institute 
Saturday, September 1 – 11-4 p.m. – 4215 Shawnee Drive, Kansas City, KS

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

Latin American Cinema Festival: The Last Suit, presented by Sociedad Hidalgo 
Saturday, September 8 – 11 a.m. – Rio Theater

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

Latin American Cinema Festival: The Eternal Feminine, presented by Sociedad Hidalgo 
Saturday, September 15 – 11 a.m. – Rio Theater

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

Tea & Talk, presented by Missouri Western State University International Student Services 
Wednesday, September 19 – 12-1:30 p.m. – Blum 210

Peacekeeper's Roundtable, presented by the United Nations Association 
Saturday, September 22 – 1 p.m. – Truman Library

Latin American Cinema Festival: The Heiresses, presented by Sociedad Hidalgo 
Saturday, September 22 – 11 a.m. – Rio Theater

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

International Cooking Class, presented by Missouri Western State University International Student Services 
Monday, September 24  5-6:30 p.m. – Commons (Res Hall)

For more events, please see the 
KC Community Calendar »


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 ».