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Ambassador Thomas Pickering to End the Month

Wednesday, March 13, 2019  
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Dear friends,

Yesterday, Prime Minister Theresa May's latest plan for Brexit failed a Parliamentary vote, setting the UK up for continued uncertainty in the days approaching the Brexit deadline on March 29. We're fortunate to have Brookings European politics expert Amanda Sloat here with us this week to help make sense of the situation. If you're available this evening (Wednesday), please join us at CBIZ on the Plaza from 5:30-8 as we dive into Brexit and the future of Europe. Registration is still available online ».

Tomorrow (Thursday), for our next News & Views conversation, seasoned IRC member Mike Wood will lead a discussion on animal conservation in southern Africa. The program is casual, but seating is limited, so do sign up if you plan to attend. We'll be meeting on the Plaza from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Details are here »

Ambassador Thomas Pickering, who has served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel, the Russian Federation, India, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan, will be making a return IRC appearance on Wednesday, March 27, for an in-depth look at Iran and the larger Middle East. You won't want to miss Ambassador Pickering's extensive experience or truly global perspective on the important developments coming out of the region. More information is available below.

WorldQuest trivia night tables for the Thursday, April 4, event are just about full, so if you haven't registered your team or yourself, do be in touch at your earliest convenience. We have some great questions and prizes ready for you, and all proceeds from the event go to support the IRC's global education programming. Do join us if you're able.

Wednesday, April 10, marks the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, which established the ongoing basis for bilateral relations between the U.S. and Taiwan, a significant import and export partner for both Kansas and Missouri. See below for more information on this program which will welcome back to Kansas City Director General Jerry Chang from the TECO office in Denver.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
mhughes@irckc.org
 • 816-423-2632

THIS WEEK ON THE WORLD CITIZEN BLOG
This week, the World Citizen Blog is a 
member spotlight on the National Association of Asian American Professionals » spotlight  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.


ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER AND FALL IRC INTERNSHIPS
If you are a current undergraduate or graduate student who is passionate about understanding the world and contributing to meaningful local conversations that bring a global perspective to our community, we'd love to talk with you! The IRC may have an internship available that will give you valuable experience in the nonprofit sector, supplement your studies, and put your professional skills to use. Applications for summer and fall 2019 internships are now being accepted and are due no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Read more »

UPCOMING IRC EVENTS 

Registration Closing
Brexit and the Future of Europe 
– Wednesday, March 13 – 5:30-8 p.m. – CBIZ on the Plaza
Since the June 2016 Brexit referendum, the United Kingdom has entered uncharted territory as it prepares to leave the European Union on March 29. As the new year dawned, there were questions about whether Brexit would happen, in what form, and how it would affect politics and economics. Amanda Sloat from the Brookings Institution will discuss the latest developments and discuss what Brexit means for the UK, US, and Europe. Read more and register »

Registration Closing
News and Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News – Thursday, March 14 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Seasons 52
Today, international news stories can change from minute to minute, and lectures and panel discussions can’t always dive in to the latest developments. News & Views, a new conversation-based series from the International Relations Council, brings together a small group of community members for respectful, substantive discussion around one of that week’s top international new stories. We'll announce the timely topic, facilitator, and suggested articles earlier that week to give everyone a chance to prepare for the conversation. Read more and register »

IRC Member Benefit 
Cover to Cover: Featuring Amb. Bill Burns 
– Thursday, March 21– 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
Over the course of more than three decades as an American diplomat, William J. Burns played a central role in the most consequential diplomatic episodes of his time. In The Back Channel, Burns recounts, with novelistic detail and incisive analysis, some of the seminal moments of his career. 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
A U.S. Perspective on Iran and the Larger Middle East 
– Wednesday, March 27 – 5:45-8 p.m. – Polsinelli
Iran remains an enigma to many in the West over concerns about their nuclear weapons program, domestic governance issues, and destabilizing behavior in neighboring countries. The United States has recently changed course in its Iran policy, withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and implementing crippling new sanctions to constrain the Iranian regime. Ambassador Thomas Pickering will explore 2019 realities in Iran, the Middle East, and U.S. strategy in the region. He will discuss the role diplomacy can play at a time of change and escalating tensions in the Middle East.
 Read more and register »

IRC Member Benefit 
KNOW NOW Conference Call 
– Thursday, March 28– 2-2:30 p.m. – via conference call
Appointed by His Excellency Mohammad Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Before her appointment as the Spokesperson, H.E. Lolwah joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Minister Plenipotentiary. She also served as the Director of Planning and Quality at Qatar Tourism Authority and as a Research Project Manager at Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Her Excellency will provide an update on the U.S.-Qatar strategic dialogue and Qatar's foreign policy. 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 Matthew ».

Registration Open
WorldQuest 2019 – Thursday, April 4 – 6-9 p.m. – UMKC's Pierson Auditorium
Spring will soon arrive and, with it, WorldQuest, the IRC's much-anticipated annual trivia night! Join fellow world enthusiasts on Thursday, April 4, for friendly competition and fabulous prizes – all to support a worthy cause. Your ticket covers parking, dinner, drinks, and trivia. Additional contributions (in advance or that evening) are most welcome and will support the IRC's global-education efforts. Read more and register »

Registration Open
U.S.-Taiwan Relations as the Taiwan Relations Act Turns 40  – 
Wednesday, April 10 – 5:45-8 p.m.  – Helzberg Auditorium

Signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on April 10, 1979, and reaffirmed several times since, the Taiwan Relations Act is the primary guiding document for bilateral relations between the United States and Taiwan. 40 years later to the day, in light of continuing developments on Taiwan, it is worth examining the state of relations with the United States' 11th largest trading partner (3rd largest import partner for Kansas, 6th largest for Missouri). Read more and register »

Registration Open
Closing the Global Gap: India – Wednesday, April 17 – 12-1 p.m. – Johnson County Community College
"Closing the Global Gap" is a series of conversations designed to address perceptions and realities of working and living across culture and language. The series is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Johnson County Community College and International Relations Council. The series should stimulate meaningful conversations based on personal experiences in foreign countries from academic and business points of view. Each program will feature a JCCC faculty member or student as well as a professional from the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Closing the Global Gap: India will look at the role of women in responding to social and environmental issues in India, as well as the day-to-day struggles and experiences of people living in this diverse country. 
Read more and register »

Registration Open
News and Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News – Wednesday, April 24 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Downtown Overland Park TBD
Today, international news stories can change from minute to minute, and lectures and panel discussions can’t always dive in to the latest developments. News & Views, a new conversation-based series from the International Relations Council, brings together a small group of community members for respectful, substantive discussion around one of that week’s top international new stories. We'll announce the timely topic, facilitator, and suggested articles earlier that week to give everyone a chance to prepare for the conversation. Read more and register »


UPCOMING GREAT DECISIONS DISCUSSION GROUPS
Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions briefing book » and meeting to discuss the most critical international issues facing the United States and the global community.

Below is a listing of some of the upcoming groups that are open to the public. Feel free to drop in to any groups of interest to you! Questions regarding these groups? Please email April » for help.

Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? » – Thursday, March 14 – 2-3:30 p.m. – JCCC Group
Johnson County Community College, CoLab, OCB 107 (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66210) 
 
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? » – Thursday, March 14 – 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Waldo Group (Thursdays)
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
The Rise of Populism in Europe » – Tuesday, March 19 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Waldo Group (Tuesdays)
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
 
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? » – Thursday, March 21 – 6-8 p.m. – Overland Park Group
Johnson County Library - Oak Park (9500 Bluejacket St., Overland Park, KS 66214)
 
The Middle East: Regional Disorder » – Thursday, March 21 – 12-1:15 p.m. – Waldo Group (Thursdays)
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
 
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future? » – Thursday, March 28 – 12-1 p.m. – Downtown Group
Stinson Leonard Street Law Firm (1201 Walnut St., Suite 2900, Kansas City, MO 64106)
 
Refugees and Global Migration » – Thursday, March 28 – 2-3:30 p.m. – JCCC Group
Johnson County Community College, CoLab, OCB 107 (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66210) 
 
For a full listing of 2019 group meetings, visit the IRC website ».

 

OTHER INTERNATIONAL EVENTS IN KANSAS CITY
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 »

Ireland, Brexit, and the EU, presented by KU Center for Global & International Studies 
Monday, March 18 – 1:30-2:30 – Centennial Room, Kansas Union

Sister Cities Association: Xi'an and Yan'an, China », presented by the Sister Cities Association 
Tuesday, March 19 – 5-8 p.m. – American Jazz Museum

Discussion Group Series: International Trade in the 21st Century », presented by the Dole Institute of Politics
Wednesday, March 20 – 4-5:30 p.m. – Dole Institute, Lawrence

German Film Festival: Gerhard Richter Painting, presented by the Hannover Committee
Thursday, March 21  6 p.m

Renegotiating NAFTA, presented by KU Global Business Studies
Wednesday, March 27 – 3-5 p.m. – Capitol Federal Hall, Room 1020

Discussion Group Series: International Trade in the 21st Century », presented by the Dole Institute of Politics
Wednesday, March 27 – 4-5:30 p.m. – Dole Institute, Lawrence

14th Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner », presented by the Dialogue Institute Southwest
Thursday, March 28 – 6-8:30 p.m. – UMKC Student Union

Leaders of Tomorrow », presented by the Command and General Staff College Foundation
Friday, March 29  –  9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Underground Annex, Park University

7th Annual Open House, presented by KC Area Peace Corps Association 
Saturday, March 30  6-9 p.m. – Nonprofit Village

For a complete listing of events, please see the KC Community Calendar »


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

WACA Essay/Video Contest on Qatar
Open to high school students across the country, the challenge is to submit an 800-word Memorandum OR a 5-minute Video to “Advise the Secretary of State: Measures to Strengthen the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Partnership.” A panel of educators and experts in student exchange programs will judge the entries. The top 10 contestants will win an all-expenses-paid Doha Study Tour on June 21-27, 2019. Contest winners will also be eligible for scholarships to attend the WACA 2019 National Conference in Washington, DC on November 6-8, 2019. The 10 high school student winners will be joined by the 4-member champion team of the Carlos and Malú Alvarez 2018-2019 Academic WorldQuest National Competition, the team's teacher, and two WACA chaperones. Please submit your original essays and videos to Liz Brailsford atlbrailsford@worldaffairscouncils.org. The deadline for submissions is March 29, 2019.

Barbara Dolci Scholarship
Global Ties KC is once again offering a $500 scholarship to a student who is pursuing opportunities related to international affairs. The scholarship is open to all students and will be awarded at our Annual Celebration the evening of May 16th. The scholarship is intended to be used for study abroad, furthering studies in the international field, and service and international travel related to education and humanitarian aid. Click here to read more ».


INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN KANSAS CITY
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.

Rotary Youth Exchange Seeks Host Families
Rotary Youth Exchange is seeking host families for high school age foreign exchange students for the 2019 - 2020 school year starting August 1, 2019. Student applicants currently seeking placement come from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Italy, Peru, and Taiwan. RYE likes to have at least two and preferably three host families for each student, so a host family doesn’t have to commit to a full year of hosting. Contact David Beck (785) 817-0144, David.BeckRYE@gmail.com or Stephen Wheatley wheatleydc@sbcglobal.net for more information about hosting a student. More information about Rotary Youth Exchange is available at SCRYE.org

Host Families Needed for Academic Exchange Program
AYUSA Global Youth Exchange is now accepting host family applications for the 2019-2020 school year. AYUSA is an academically focused high school program with stringent testing and interview requirements for students who wish to study in the USA. Students are required to maintain a C or better in every class, and are required to take American History, English, math and science classes. Students are expected to follow all program and family rules, and be contributing members to the host school and community by presenting a positive attitude and completing community service when possible. Students are provided health insurance while on program. It is not required that host families have high school aged kids living in the home. Please consider sharing your America and making a student's dreams come true!! If you're interested in hosting, contact Kerri Craven at kcraven@ayusa.org or visit www.AYUSA.org for more information

UMKC Avanzando Program needs mentors! (Spanish not required)

In the fall of 2011, the University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) implemented Avanzando, a program designed to support Latinx students in reaching their academic and career goals. They are working in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund (HDF) to improve retention, increase graduation rates, and ensure successful transitions into the workforce and/or graduate/professional school. Last year, Avanzando provided support to over 70 UMKC Latinx students including many HDF scholarship recipients, and they expect the program to grow significantly in the coming academic year. An Avanzando mentor commits to and takes an active role in developing a meaningful relationship with a scholar throughout her/his academic career and fosters an environment where the scholar feels free to share successes, concerns and challenges. Sign up here »


JOB OPPORTUNITIES

Assistant Professor, Japanese Language
Johnson County Community College seeks an assistant professor of Japanese Language. For more information and to apply, visit the 
JCCC careers page »


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

English as a Second Language at the NKC YMCA 
Classes begin early March and run for 10 weeks. There is $30 fee however scholarships may be available if needed.  This 10 week session is taught 2 times per week, the classes will go on a field trip, there are conversational coffee hours in between, and we the session ends with a graduation ceremony! For more information, contact April Osegueda at 816.300.0531 or aprilosegueda@kansascityymca.org.