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Free Programs Throughout April

Wednesday, April 10, 2019  
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Dear friends,

This week's conversations include experts on topics ranging from transatlantic ties to U.S.-Taiwan relations. On Tuesday, we were fortunate to bring together a group of community leaders for dialogue on relations with Europe with the Ambassadors of Albania and Poland and representatives of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S. and the Center for a New American Security, including the authors of this Sunday column » in the KC Star. Kansas City's international ties really are deep and historic.

This evening (Wednesday), we'll be at the downtown branch of the KC Public Library for a program that will explore U.S.-Taiwan relations as the Taiwan Relations Act turns 40. If you're available, please join us – Director General Jerry Chang from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver will be there, and our presenters will offer a comprehensive view of the state of relations with the United States' 11th largest trading partner (3rd largest import partner for Kansas, 6th largest for Missouri). Registration for this free program, including an opening reception, is still available online ».

Next week, we'll be at JCCC to continue the Closing the Global Gap series, this time with a deeper look at India. Pritha Hariharan, international program director for Unbound, and Gurbhushan Singh, JCCC's associate vice president of academic affairs – both originally from India – will offer their insights on the world's most populous democratic country. Registration » helps us with planning for this free lunchtime program on Wednesday, April 17.

Looking farther ahead, you'll find another News & Views conversation on the calendar as well as a new Global Experience program – a tour of Chile through wine. We hope you can join us!

The IRC will be out in the community over the next few weeks, as well, and we're looking for volunteers. If you have some time to help represent the IRC at the Wyandotte Ethnic Festival (Saturday, April 13) or the Mid-America Asian Cultural Festival (Saturday, April 20), please let April know ». We appreciate your support.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

This week, the World Citizen Blog is about 
Kansas City's recent designation as a UNESCO Creative City » 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.


Registration Closing
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. – CommuniTea
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 »

Registration Open
Global Experience: A Tour of Chile Through Wine 
Wednesday, May 1 – 5:30-7 p.m.  – Marriott Overland Park
The IRC's Global Experience series asks, "What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it?" Join the International Relations Council and Sur del Mundo Imports Company, a KC-area importer of boutique wines and foods from the Southern Hemisphere, for a tour of Chile through wine. Chile is one of the world’s largest producers of wine, where it has been made since the 1500s. You'll learn about the history and the current landscape of the Chilean wine industry and the role the industry plays in Chile's broader economic, social, and geopolitical landscape; hear the personal stories of the founders of Sur del Mundo Imports; and, have the chance to taste four different Chilean wines (one white, three reds). Paired with each wine will be a specially designed small plate to complement and enhance the wine's flavor profile. At the end of the tasting, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a full glass of your favorite tasted wine.  Read more and register »

Registration Open
World Trade Day: The Impact of Foreign Policy on the Value of the Dollar –
Wednesday, May 15 – 3:30-6 p.m. – RSM
What do monetary policy in Europe, Brexit, and instability in the Korean Peninsula have to do with your purchasing power? Likely, more than you think. As cities across the U.S. celebrate World Trade Week, join the Kansas City International Steering Committee to celebrate Greater Kansas City’s 6th annual World Trade Day, an event focused on the importance of global trade and the recognition of our region's international business community.
Read more and register »

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, April 11 – 2-3:30 p.m. – JCCC Group
Johnson County Community College, CoLab, OCB 107 (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66210) 

The Rise of Populism in Europe 
– Thursday, April 18 – 6-8 p.m. – Overland Park Group
TBD: Johnson County Library - Blue Valley or Leawood
Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics » – Tuesday, April 23 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Waldo Group (Tuesdays)
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
For a full listing of 2019 group meetings, visit the IRC website ».

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 »

The French Art of Tea with Emilie Jackson », presented by Centered Spirit 
Wednesday, April 10 – 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. – Central Exchange Downtown

Speaker Series: Refugee Journey Stories », presented by JVS 
Wednesday, April 10 – 5-6:30 p.m. – 4600 The Paseo

Special Event Screening: The Black Mambas », presented by the Kansas City Zoo 
Thursday, April 11 – 6:30 p.m. 

MBC Week: Breakfast with International Leaders », presented by GlobalTies KC 
Friday, April 12 – 8-9:30 a.m. – NEKC Chamber

Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Series: Implicit Bias », presented by KC Chamber
Friday, April 12 – 11:30 a,m.-1 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room

Russian Movie Night: Ward #6 », presented by KU Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies 
Friday, April 12 –  6-9 p.m. – Regnier Hall

Turkic Food Fest, presented by the Dialogue Institute
Saturday, April 13 – 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. –  Dialogue Institute of the Southwest-Kansas City

Enhancing Grassroots Advocacy in a Time of Opportunity for U.S.-Taiwan Relations, presented by the Formosan Association for Public Affairs
Saturday, April 13 – 1:30-4:30 p.m. – Antioch Library

Russian-American Festival », presented by Russian Heritage Society
Sunday, April 14 – 3-7 p.m. – Shawnee, KS

Poetics of Invention Curator Walk, presented by the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation 
Monday, April 15 –  5 p.m. – Dean's Gallery, Miller NIchols Library

North America Nabka Tour, presented by Avila 
Tuesday, April 16 – 6 p.m. – Avila 

Pop Up Film Haum: Herzsprung
Wednesday, April 17 – 7 p.m. – Stray Cat Film Center

Earth Day Festival, presented by KC Global Concepts 
April 19 – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – UMKC Pierson Hall

Mid-America Asian Cultural Festival, presented by the Mid-American Asian Cultural Association
Saturday, April 20 – 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Overland Park Convention Center

Community Second Night of Passover Seder, presented by Rabbinical Association of GKC and Jewish Family Services  
Saturday, April 20 –  6:30 p.m. –  Ohev Sholom

Family and Community (Part of Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series) », presented by the Kansas City Public Library
Monday, April 22 – 6:30 p.m. – KCPL Central Library

 International Medication Lecture: Refugee Care Following ISIS, presented by UMKC School of Medicine 
Tuesday, April 23 – Theater C

Foreign Trade Zone Seminar », presented by WTC-KC 
Tuesday, April 23 – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – WTC-KC Conference Room

German Conversation Group
Thursday, April 25 – 6-7:30 p.m. – Goethe in the Crossroads

Concert: The Chicago Plan », presented by the Goethe Institute
Friday, April 26 – 8:30 p.m. – Blue Room Jazz Club

Save the Date: Diplomatic Ball », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission 
Saturday, April 27 – 5:30 p.m.-2 a.m. – Kansas City Marriott Downtown

Youth Diplomats Retreat: Activating the Next Generation of Global Citizens », presented by Global Ties KC
Saturday, April 27 – 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. – Union Station

Author Reading with Pierre Jarawan: The Storyteller », presented by the Goethe Institute
Tuesday, April 30 – 7 p.m. – Goethe Pop Up in the Crossroads

Breakfast with Her Majesty’s Consul General of Chicago », presented by WTC-KC 
Wednesday, May 3  – 8-10 a.m. – Chamber Board Room, Union Station 

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

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.

2019 Comida KC Volunteers
Comida KC (Thursday, April 25, 2019), is an event created by Eric Negrete Design, as the first Latin American event of Culinary Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, showing a cultural variety of different countries through its dance, music and unique dishes. It is noteworthy that the proceeds from the event will be used for educational, civic and business development offered by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and its sister organization nonprofit, Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative programs. Please arrive 15- 20 minutes to your shift, so that you can check in and be briefed on your expectations. Volunteers interested in the registration spots must attend a training a week prior to the event. Click here to sign up »

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, or Stephen Wheatley for more information about hosting a student. More information about Rotary Youth Exchange is available at

Peace Journalist Publication Released
The Peace Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, stu­dents, and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism. Click here » to read the April 2019 edition.