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Global Honors Evening, Spring Internships, & High School Opportunities

Wednesday, October 10, 2018  
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Dear friends,

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered insightful remarks at Tuesday's CHINA Town Hall, and panelists Virginia Harper Ho (KU Law School), Ronnie Russell (Missouri Soybean Association), Fang Shen (Husch Blackwell), and John Stevens (JP Morgan Chase) offered invaluable insights into the tangible current realities of tariffs and trade with China. Thanks to everyone who braved the Midwest weather to attend, and special thanks to the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, World Trade Center–Kansas City, Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation, and Sister City Association of Kansas City for their support. If you weren't able to attend, you can see the livestream of Sec. Rice here » and watch the panel discussion here ».

Excitement is growing for the 2018 Global Honors Evening, the IRC's annual awards event where we'll honor the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and Ambassador Bill Burns, who will present a keynote address on "American Diplomacy in a Changing International Landscape." You won't want to miss Ambassador Burns' insightful remarks or the chance to celebrate Kansas City with some of our community's most notable global citizens. Tickets are on sale now for the November 1 event, and sponsorships are available. Read more »

We love our interns and can't believe how fast their time with us goes! We are now accepting applications for interns for the spring semester of 2019. Descriptions and requirements are available on the IRC website ».

We have four special updates to share with high-school students and teachers this week:

  • The deadline for the Eliot S. Berkley Award, which carries a $500 scholarship for a high-school junior or senior, is this Friday, October 12Read more »
  • We are excited to share the first edition of the Global Opportunities Guide », a free and detailed resource on internationally themed college majors, careers, and other opportunities. Big thanks to IRC interns Ellie Bartlett and Morgan Styer for their hard work on the publication.
  • High-school students are invited to attend a special program with Ambassador Bill Burns on Thursday, November 1, from 2-3 p.m. at the National Archives (next to Union Station). We ask that teachers register their classes as soon as possible as space is limited. RSVP to Matthew »
  • Registration is now open for the annual Academic WorldQuest tournament for high-schoolers. The 2019 tournament, where members of the winning team will travel cost-free to Washington, D.C., will be held on Saturday, February 23Read more and register »

If you've been considering joining the IRC as an individual » or organizational member », now is the time to join. Just take a look below at the variety of upcoming events your IRC membership will allow you to enjoy – and you'll have made an important contribution to help sustain a global perspective in our community. We offer our thanks for your support.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
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This week, the World Citizen Blog is a look at 
German immigration to the Midwest »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.

Your Global Future, the 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 »

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 »


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. 
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 »

Free Event
Working Across Countries and Cultures: What It Means for Entrepreneurs – Wednesday, November 14 – Plexpod Westport Commons
Join us as we hear from diverse panel of individuals who have worked internationally or taken their work abroad as they share lessons about entrepreneurship and working across cultures. This event is offered as part of the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week in partnership with KCSourceLink. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is where connections happen and teams come together to get inspired, prepare for the next challenge and celebrate Kansas City entrepreneurship. It’s an international celebration of the makers, innovators, and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. Founded by the Kauffman Foundation in 2008, it has since expanded to more than 160 countries. Here in KC, #GEWKC2018 will be celebrated with more than 170 events and thousands of attendees. 
Read more »

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

Multicultural Festival, presented by Donnelly College
Friday, October 12  3:30-6 p.m.  Donnelly College Event 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

Voila, The Patriotic Banquet for Haiti », presented by Glory House Services 
Saturday, October 20 – 6-9 p.m. – Gladstone Community Center

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 

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

"Kristallnacht: An 80-Year Retrospect", featuring German and Austrian Holocaust survivors », presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
Thursday, November 8 – 7 p.m. –  Congregation Ohev Sholom

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

International Fair, presented by Missouri Western State University International Student Services
Wednesday, November 14 – 3-6 p.m. – Fulkerson Center 

Mid-America Trade Summit, presented by the International Trade Center
Wednesday-Thursday, November 14-15 – University of Missouri, Columbia

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 ».