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Registration Closing for September 13 Programs with Human Rights Watch

Wednesday, September 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Dear friends,

Our thanks to everyone who joined us at NourishKC for a splendid cooking class taught by our friends at the Thai Cultural Center of Greater Kansas City. What fun we had in the kitchen, learning to make a coconut chicken soup, pineapple fried rice, and a delicious water chestnut dessert. Click here » to enjoy photos from the event, and stay tuned for future opportunities to don your apron with global cuisine.

Next week offers a unique opportunity to meet the Washington director of Human Rights Watch, Sarah Margon, and gain a deeper understanding of human rights around the world. For those who can make it, we've organized a luncheon with Ms. Margon at Lidia's on Thursday, September 13, to explore issues impacting women, and then we'll hold an evening conversation surveying human rights issues more generally. Registration for the luncheon is closing tomorrow (Thursday, September 6), so do sign up today if you'd like to attend. We hope to see you at one or both. All are welcome.

A few deadlines are coming up, so please take a look to see which are relevant to you and your network:

  • This Friday, September 7, is the registration deadline for undergraduate students interested in the full scholarship to the World Affairs Councils of America annual conference in Washington, D.C. Read more »
  • The IRC has a few extra seats for the Mid-America Asian Culture Association awards gala luncheon on Saturday, September 8. If you are interested in attending this event in Olathe, please contact Matthew » for more information.
  • Registration for high schools for Your Global Future is now open and includes up to $200 in travel reimbursement per school. Teachers and counselors, sign up by Friday, September 28, to help your high-school students explore global college and career opportunities. Read more »
  • The IRC is looking for individuals interested in serving as board members for a three-year term beginning in January. Nominations, including self-nominations, are being accepted through Friday, September 28Read more »

Thank you for helping us to showcase Kansas City's international connections and grow a global perspective in our community. We hope to see you soon!

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-423-2632

This week, the World Citizen Blog is a 
spotlight of IRC member Fred Baehner ». 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.

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 August. If you would like to learn more about becoming an IRC member, please visit our website » for more information.

Tension Corporation »

Educational Members
University of Missouri Kansas City »

Nonprofit Members
City of Kansas City, Missouri »
Economic Development Council »
Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation »

Individual and Family-LevelMembers
Douglass Adair and Joshua Judy
Thomas Burns (Patron)
Kirk Doan

Tom and Beth Hall
Ann Johnson
Dr. George and Linda Parkins
Cindy Siemers
Susan Vogel (Academy)
Family ofBernardo Zito Porto


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 ».

The International Relations Council is currently accepting nominations for its 2019 board of directors. Board members serve a three-year term, starting January 1, and are eligible for re-election to a second three-year term. Nominations must be received by Friday, September 28, 2018. All submitted nominations are reviewed by the nominations committee, and successful candidates are contacted by the committee to be considered for approval by the full board. The selection of the best candidates is driven by the desire to ensure that the board is comprised of engaged members who bring a range of essential skills and experiences and reflect the organization's international focus. Instructions for nominating yourself or someone you know are available on the IRC website ».


Grace Komoe, Events Intern
Grace Komoe is a junior at Park University majoring in Political Science with Legal Studies as a minor. She wants to be a lawyer in the future and expand her career in the legal field to International Law and Business. She is passionate about helping people. She created, with some friends, the first International Club at Park University in the intention to be the voice of her fellow international students, ensuring that their needs are heard and being taken care of. She has also worked with the International Office in the Admission department for three years, where she fell in love with programming events. She is fluent in French due to the place she comes from, which is the Ivory Coast. She has lived in the United States for four years, but, prior to that, she lived in Morocco where she studied during her high school years. Her hobbies include playing the piano, socializing, reading and writing.


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

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

Standing with Immigrants », presented by Empower Missouri 
Friday, September 7 – 11:30-1 p.m. – Kansas City Public Library

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

50th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Conference », presented by the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association
Sunday-Tuesday, September 9-11 – 
Hilton Omaha

A Concert to Commemorate Sacrifice », presented by the National WWI Museum & Memorial
Thursday, September 13 – 7 p.m. – WWI Museum

Refugee Day at the Zoo », presented by JVS 
Saturday, September 15 – 9:30-2 p.m. – Kansas City Zoo

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

Trauma and Immigration », presented by Alive and Well Communities and JVS 
Tuesday, September 18 – 6-8 p.m. – Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch

Why Trade Matters », presented by the World Trade Center of Kansas City 
Wednesday, September 19 – 7:30-10:30 a.m. – William Jewell College

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

Kansas Missouri Dream Alliance 10th Anniversary Gala », presented by KS/MO DREAM Alliance 
Friday, September 21 – 7-10 p.m. – The Venue

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

Welcoming Week: Film, I am Rebecca », presented by JVS and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 
Sunday, September 23 – 1-2 p.m. – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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 ».