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Next Up – India, Rwanda, and Chile

Wednesday, April 17, 2019  
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Dear friends,

It's been wonderful to see so many IRC members and friends over the last few weeks. WorldQuest earlier this month was loads of fun with 31 teams vying for top prize. In the end, Gertrude Ederle took first place followed by Travelers' Century Club and William Jewell College. Congratulations to all our teams and to the group of students from Shawnee Mission East High School who will represent our region in the national Academic WorldQuest tournament in Washington, D.C., later this month – proceeds from the April WorldQuest event will go to support their trip and the IRC's other global-education efforts.

In just a few hours, we'll be at Johnson County Community College for the next Closing the Global Gap program, this time on India. If you're available between 12 and 1 today (Wednesday), please join us – no need to register. You can find more information, including about the location, parking, and speakers, on the IRC website ». Big thanks to our speakers and our friends at JCCC for their support in making this conversation possible.

Next week, we'll continue our new community conversations series with a group meeting in downtown Overland Park. IRC board member Dan Mahanty will be leading a conversation that looks back on the Rwandan genocide. Limited space remains for this News & Views discussion, so do sign up below if you'd like to attend.

To begin May, we'll be at the Overland Park Marriott for a tasty Global Experience. IRC member Bryan Boots and his wife Katherine Ortega will be taking us on a tour of Chile through wine, with accompanying small plates. Events like this are the perfect way to get to know the IRC in a fun, casual atmosphere – and you're guaranteed to make a new friend or professional contact while you're there. More information is below.

We look forward to seeing you soon!
Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

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Registration Closing
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.

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)

Decoding U.S.-China Trade » – Thursday, April 25 – 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.. – Waldo Group (Tuesdays)
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)
Decoding U.S.-China Trade  » – Thursday, April 25 – 12-1 p.m. – Downtown Group
Stinson Leonard Street Law Firm (1201 Walnut St., Suite 2900, Kansas City, MO 64106)
Decoding U.S.-China Trade »  – Thursday, April 25 – 2-3:30 p.m. – JCCC Group
Johnson County Community College, CoLab, OCB 107 (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS 66210) 
The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested » – Tuesday, April 30 – 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 »

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

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 

New American Welcome Center Luncheon, presented by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City 
Friday, May 10 – 11:30 a.m. – North Kansas City YMCA

Immigration and Popular Culture (Part of Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series) », presented by the Kansas City Public Library
Monday, May 13 – 6:30 p.m. – KCPL Central Library

Global Ties KC 2019 Annual Celebration, presented by Global Ties KC
Thursday, May 16 – 6-8 p.m. – 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.

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.