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A Global Experience You Won't Want to Miss

Wednesday, April 24, 2019  
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Dear friends,

This week, IRC board member Dan Mahanty, who serves as U.S. program director for the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC), will lead tomorrow's News & Views discussion on 25 Years After Rwanda: Atrocity Prevention and U.S. Policy. These conversations are intentionally kept small so that participants can engage meaningfully with each other and with the topic at hand. Very limited space remains for this free program in downtown Overland Park, so do sign up a.s.a.p. if you're interested in attending.

Next Wednesday, May 1, we'll have a special global experience with a taste of South America. Bring a friend or two (21 and over only, please) for a tour of Chile through wine, which will feature four different Chilean wines (one white, three reds) alongside four specially designed small plates to complement and enhance the wine's flavor profile. Many thanks to our friends at Sur del Mundo Imports for their help in organizing. More information is available below. 

If you'd like to participate in the next book club discussion, you're welcome to start reading now. The group will meet on Tuesday, June 11, to discuss P. W. Singer's book, Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media. Participants enjoyed Singer's book Cybersecurity and Cyberwar and are looking forward to a respectful discussion of this timely topic. As always, the book club is free to participate in – and, while it's helpful to have read the book, all are most welcome. You can find the link to register in the calendar below.

Soon we'll be sharing some additional May and June events, including programs on global hunger and refugees, so stay tuned. Thanks so much for your continued interest in the International Relations Council. We look forward to seeing you before long.

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 review of the classic book 
The World is Flat ».  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.

WORLD REFUGEE DAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
The IRC is excited to participate in the World Refugee Day planning committee. We hope you can join us on Saturday, June 22, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., for this great annual event. World Refugee Day is a time for the community to come together to raise awareness of refugees at home and abroad. This year's celebration will include live entertainment, free food and drink, face painting, and fun activities for the whole family. This event is open to the public, refugees and non-refugees alike. Volunteers are needed to help facilitate the flow activities the day of the celebration. If you are interested in lending a helping hand, please email us » to get involved.

UPCOMING IRC EVENTS

Registration Closing
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 »

Registration Open
News and Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News – Thursday, May 23 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – 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 »

Registration Open
IRC Book Club: Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media – Tuesday, June 11 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Convened by seasoned Great Decisions leader Jack McLaren, the group meets every six to eight weeks to dig into a different author's work. 
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.

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 ».

IRC MEMBER NEWS
If you are an IRC member and would like to share your news relevant to Kansas City's international community, please feel free to reach out »

UMKC Students Win Award for Research on UNESCO Creative Cities
A team of undergraduate students in Urban Planning and Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City have taken top honors for a research poster presented at the National Conference of the American Planning Association Conference in San Francisco, California. The research focused on international, comparative, and global planning issues. The UMKC student research team included Jared Islas, Adair Bright, Logan Sours, Brad Hocevar, Bryce Morgan, Christina Aurich, Thomas Meyer, Shana Shanteau and Ryan Deeken from the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design.

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 »

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

Refugee Youth Mental Health, presented by Global FC
Wednesday, April 30 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center

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

Yom Hashoah Community Commemorations, presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
Thursday, May 2 – 6:30 p.m. – Metropolitan Community College - Maple Woods

KC Jewish Film Festival: After Auschwitz, presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
Thursday, May 2 – 7:30 p.m. – Jewish Community Campus

Breakfast with Her Majesty’s Consul General of Chicago », presented by WTC-KC 
Friday, 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

North America Regional Trade Update », presented by EDCKC
Monday, May 13 – 2:30-4:30 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room

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


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


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 »


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Perspectives on the Holocaust: A Course for Educators
June 24-June 27, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education will host this course examining the experience of the Holocaust through a few of the perspectives of those who lived through it. Workshops will focus on the policy and experience of perpetration based on geography – specifically focusing on western Europe. A registration fee of $60 includes all necessary materials and lunch each day. Registration is available at mchekc.org/perspectives.

Battlefield Tours with the WWI Museum
Gallipoli remains one of the most iconic and evocative battlefields in modern history. Join the National WWI Museum and Memorial on a trip to the sweeping Turkish coast and explore history among beautiful beaches and rocky hills. This is your opportunity to experience history first-hand and walk in the footsteps of the soldiers from Gallipoli. Clive Harris and Mike St Maur Sheil will lead this intimate tour on October 10-15, 2019. Please see www.theworldwar.org/travel » or contact travel@theworldwar.org for more information or to register.