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Seeking Volunteers for Your Global Future

Wednesday, October 3, 2018  
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Dear friends,

What fun we had tonight, sampling teas and learning about the extensive reach of this world-favorite beverage as part of the Global Experience program series. Big thanks to Emilie and Alex Jackson and Centered Spirit Cultural and Holistic Center for their expert presentation and kind hospitality. Stay tuned next month for a Global Entrepreneurship Week program on working across countries and cultures.

If you haven't yet signed up for next week's CHINA Town Hall, we invite you to do so as soon as possible as space is becoming limited. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will join us by interactive webcast, and we'll have representatives from Husch Blackwell, J.P. Morgan Chase, KU Law School, and the Missouri Soybean Association as panelists for a vibrant discussion on tariffs and trade with China. Do join us if you're able on Tuesday, October 9, from 4:30-7 p.m. in the KC Chamber Board Room at Union Station. Information on registration is available below.

We received a splendid response from schools and organizations for the upcoming Your Global Future college and career fair for high-school students on Tuesday, October 16, and we're looking forward to the event with great excitement. If you have some time available that day and are interested in volunteering to help make the day a success, please consider signing up to join us ». And, if you're able, please consider donating to our Facebook fundraiser ». Our thanks in advance!

October has a few other events that may be of interest: the sixth annual Greater Kansas City Peacebuilding Conference at Avila University, Park University, and JCCC on October 25-27 and a new event, What Do You Owe the World?, at the Jewish Community Campus on Tuesday, October 30. Both events will encourage us to consider global connections to our daily lives and are worth a look.

See you soon!

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-423-2632

This week, the World Citizen Blog is a spotlight of 
IRC member Lowell Jacobsen ». 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 September. If you would like to learn more about becoming an IRC member, please visit our website » for more information.

Individual and Family Level Members
Bareaa Al-Fakih
Michael & Bonnie Grabowski (Family)
Megan Hutcheson
Amb. Allan Katz (Patron)
Aaron Mann (Family)
Jerry and Carol McCavitt (Family)
Fiona Morris
Stanley S. & Ardyce H. Pearson (Academy)
Nancy Petersen
Dr. Karen Schell
Dr. Sidne Ward
Andrea Whitmore


Educational Partner
Missouri Southern State University

Nonprofit Members
Thai Cultural Center of Greater Kansas City








We are saddened to share that James Everett, a former IRC member from 1988 to 2005 and a longtime member of the Great Decisions Dinner Group, passed away at home on September 26, 2018 at the age of 90. Jim earned an Associate's degree from Graceland College and a Bachelor's from BYU before serving eight years as a minister for the Community of Christ Church. His ministerial assignments included the Utah-Idaho-Colorado district and four years in Oslo, Norway. He left ministry to pursue an Master's degree from the University of Chicago in International Relations where he was recruited into the CIA. He subsequently spent almost 18 years in the CIA as a deep cover intelligence officer that included travel in more than thirty countries and residences in Stockholm, Sweden and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. His spy career ended as a result of the Watergate Scandal. Jim then moved to Independence, MO where he became co-owner of the marketing, advertising and public relations agency of “Everett, Brandt, Bernauer & Associates” in Kansas City. He was active in interfaith and peace movements, including 8 years as the volunteer executive director of the Kansas City Interfaith Peace Alliance. He was the founder of The Ethiopia Health Support Foundation that helped create the Saint Yared General Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia using equipment salvaged form the Independence Regional Hospital. He was the founder of Fayyaa International whose mission was to help fund schools in Ethiopia, and the Ark of the Covenant Foundation whose mission was to help fund a world-class museum in Axum, Ethiopia. 


Your Global Future, IRC's college and career fair for high school students, is coming up on Tuesday, October 16. This is going to be a massive event, with nearly 1,000 students in attendance and around 75 organizations, businesses, and government entities hosting booths. We are going to need all the volunteer support we can get! If you are interested and able, please consider signing up for a shift or two using the link below. After signing up and before the event, we will send you more information that you will need to know for your shift. Please feel free to also share this link with any friends, family, or colleagues you know who may also be interested in lending a helping hand. 
Click here to sign up as a volunteer »

Please join us in congratulating, Engoma Fataki, a junior at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, on his being named a Student Scholar by the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) and invited to attend the WACA National Conference in Washington, D.C., in November 2018. There, he will join 24 other Student Scholars from around the United States to engage with leading policy makers and analysts about critical foreign and trade policy issues and the United States’ role in the world. The IRC thanks all student applicants for their interest and looks forward to Engoma's participation in the WACA National Conference. Read more »



Each year, in memory of our founder and longtime executive director, Eliot S. Berkley, the International Relations Council presents this award to an exceptional high-school junior or senior who has demonstrated superior academic interest and competence in international studies. The award includes a $500 scholarship. Complete applications include three parts: an informational form, an essay of 1,000 to 1,200 words, and two letters of recommendation. Materials must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018. The awardee will be notified by Monday, October 22, and invited to attend the IRC’s Global Honors Evening on Thursday, November 1Read more »


Registration Open
CHINA Town Hall: Tariffs and Trade with China
, Featuring Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice via Webcast – 4:30-7 p.m. – Tuesday, October 9 – KC Chamber Board Room in Union Station
CHINA Town Hall is a business-focused conversation on China taking place in communities throughout the United States and China. This year, former U.S. Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice will address a national audience, including our Kansas City participants, via live stream; participants will be able to submit questions via social media. Following the live stream, a panel of Kansas City-based experts will address the audience in person. 
Read more and register »

Limited Space Available
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 »

IRC Member Benefit
 to Cover: Debating Privacy in America 
– Tuesday, October 23– 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
Featuring Sarah E. Igo, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Vanderbilt University, this call will cover Dr. Igo's new book, The Known Citizen: A History of Privacy in Modern America. Every day, Americans make decisions about their privacy: what to share and when, how much to expose, and to whom. Securing the boundary between one’s private affairs and public identity has become a central task of citizenship. How did privacy come to loom so large in American life? Dr. Igo tracks this elusive social value across the twentieth century, as individuals questioned how they would, and should, be known by their own society.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
Greater KC Peacebuilding Conference – Thursday, October 25, to Saturday, October 27, 2018
Now in its sixth year, the Greater KC Peacebuilding Conference looks at peacebuilding from local, national, and international perspectives. The 2018 theme is Achievements in Peacebuilding: Stories from the Field. Events include a film screening/panel discussion (Thursday), academic symposium (Friday), and community conference (Saturday). Saturday's keynote speaker will be Amb. Bill Taylor, EVP at USIP. All events are free and open to the public; RSVP requested. All are welcome. Read more here »

Registration Open
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

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

Diversity, Equity, Ecology and Peace », presented by Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E)
Friday, October 5  – 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  – Crossroads Charter Schools

Mattie Rhodes Dia de Los Muertos Festival, presented by Mattie Rhodes Center 
Friday-Saturday – October 5-6  – Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery

Turkic Food Festival, presented by the Dialogue Institute 
Saturday, October 6 – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. –  4215 Shawnee Drive, KCK

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

Russian Volga Tatar Culture and Cuisine Presentation », presented by Kansas City RU 
Sunday, October 7 – 1-3 p.m. – Irina's Gourmet Bakery

Voila, The Patriotic Banquet for Haiti », presented by Glory House Services 
Saturday, October 12  6-9 p.m. – Gladstone Community Center

Circle of Knowledge, presented by the GKC People to People 
Sunday, October 14   1:30 p.m.   Bethel United Church of Christ

Tea & Talk, presented by Missouri Western State University International Student Services 
Wednesday, October 17 – 12-1:30 p.m. – Blum 210

Young Leaders of the Americas Experience », presented by GlobalTiesKC 
Thursday, October 18 – 5:30-8 p.m. – Grand Street Cafe 

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

47th Annual Mayor's UN Day Dinner », presented by the City of Kansas City, MO and the United Nations Association 
Monday, October 22 – 6-9:30 p.m. – InterContinental Hotel

International Cooking Class, presented by Missouri Western State University International Student Services 
Monday, October 22 – 5-6:30 p.m. – Commons (Res Hall)

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 

For more events, please see the 
KC Community Calendar »


SQCC: 2019 Summer Arabic Language and Media Program
WACA partner Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center » is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded competitive scholarship program to study intensive Arabic in the Sultanate of Oman. The SALAM scholarship allows students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture. The program dates are June 14 - August 8, 2019, and the application deadline is December 31, 2018. To submit an application, or for more information, please visit the SALAM page » on the SQCC website.

World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest helps you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short video connecting world population growth to one of three global challenges: preserving biodiversity, sustainable resource use, or human rights. Students can win cash prizes (featuring 80+ new prizes this year!), and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The deadline for submissions is February 28th, 2019 – use thislesson plan »to get started now! Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found here ».

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.

Citizenship Preparation Program - Teachers Needed
The Citizenship Preparation Program at Catholic Charities is now recruiting volunteer teachers! They are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who have at least some experience (or education related to) teaching English language learners and are able to commit to teaching every Monday or Thursday night from 6-8 p.m. at the Kansas City Kansas Public Library from the weeks of October 8 to December 17. Lead teachers are responsible for preparing materials, facilitating lessons from the curriculum, and monitoring tutors and students during class. It’s about a 4-hour commitment per week, including class time. There are two required trainings prior to teaching: Volunteer Onboarding and Training and Teacher Training. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Kristin Selby at

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.

Global Prep Squad
Global Prep Squad is a student-run cultural consulting firm made up of international studies students from Summit Technology Academy. If you or your employees are traveling, please consider contacting Global Prep Squad and ask them for a personalized “culture map” to use as a guide for working in your destination culture.

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 ».