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June National Meeting in KC

Wednesday, May 29, 2019  
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Dear friends,

This week we've welcomed our newest class of IRC interns, who come to us from Missouri Western, St. Andrews (Scotland), the University of Kansas, and the University of St. Mary. They'll be with us for the summer and look forward to meeting you! Learn more about one of our Global Education interns, Grace, below and be on the lookout for information on other interns in the weeks to come. We couldn't do our work without these dedicated students, and we're so grateful for their time and talents.

As we head into summer, we're looking to profile some IRC members in member spotlights, like the one on Alan Felton that you'll see in this week's blog post below. If you would like to nominate an IRC member or yourself to be featured in a member spotlight, you can find more information on the IRC website ».

You may know that the International Relations Council is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) network, which includes more than 90 councils in 40 states. We're excited to share that Kansas City has been selected to host the 2019 WACA Council Leadership Meeting – a gathering of council executives and board members from around the country. Kansas City was selected in large part because of the incredible international community, engagement, and cooperation here. The meeting will take place in and around downtown Kansas City, Missouri, from June 13-15. If you'd be interested in helping with the visit of these delegates, or if you're interested in opportunities for visibility with this national audience, please let Matthew know ».

Thanks for all you do to support Kansas City's international community.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

This week, the World Citizen Blog is a 
spotlight on IRC member Alan Felton »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.

Grace Price, Global Education Intern
Grace Price is a junior at the University of Kansas studying Chinese and Global and International Studies. Last year, she interned at Nonviolence International in Washington, D.C., where she collaborated with the National Youth Advocacy Program to send a group of board of directors to the Mexican border to raise awareness about the migrant crisis. In summer 2017, Grace traveled to Taiwan to participate in a Chinese language intensive program to further her language skills. In Lawrence, she volunteers at the Lawrence public library, and this semester she started volunteering for Family Promise, an organization that helps find and maintain permanent housing for homeless families in the community. She enjoys reading, writing, and learning new languages.


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 »

Registration Open
Great Decisions: Refugees and Global Migration 
Thursday, June 13 – 6:30-8 p.m. – WWI Museum and Memorial
In Europe alone, approximately 10 million people were displaced by World War I. In 2017, an unprecedented 68.5 million people worldwide had been forced to leave their homes, including more than 25 million by war and violence. Join president and CEO of the Museum and Memorial, Matthew Naylor, for a timely panel conversation with Nazanin Ash of the International Rescue Committee and Abdul Bakar of Della Lamb as they address the roots, realities, and prospects of refugees and global migration. Read more »

Free Family Event
World Refugee Day – Saturday, June 22 – 11 a.m.-2 p.m. – Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences
At the IRC we talk about what's going on around the world and its connection to our local community. This year, the IRC is proud to partner with a range of area organizations to put on the 12th annual World Refugee Day celebration, a global event that recognizes the impact of refugees on our Kansas City community and beyond. Last year, more than 500 people, including refugees from 14 countries, attended and enjoyed entertainment, food, and fun for the whole family. Please join us! Read more »

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, May 30 – 12-1 p.m. – Downtown Group
Stinson Leonard Street Law Firm (1201 Walnut St., Suite 2900, Kansas City, MO 64106)

State of the State Department and Diplomacy – Thursday, June 6 – 11:45 a.m.– Waldo Group (Thursdays)
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110)

Decoding U.S.-China Trade – Thursday, June 6 – 6 p.m. – Centered Spirit Group
Centered Spirit Cultural and Holistic Center (8131 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114)

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 »

German Conversation Group », presented by the Goethe Institute
Thursday, May 30  6-7:30 p.m. – Goethe in the Crossroads

2019 Kansas International Trade Day », presented by K-State 
Tuesday, June 4 – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. – K-State Student Union

Go Global KC », presented by the World Trade Center
Thursday, June 6 – 4-6 p.m – Sporting KC - Children's Mercy Park

Slavic Festival »
Friday, June 7 – 5-11 p.m. – Mike Onka Memorial Building Grounds 

Slavic Festival »
Saturday, June 8 – 3-11 p.m. – Mike Onka Memorial Building Grounds 

15th Annual Kansas City International Dragon Boat Festival », presented by the Society for Friendship with China
Saturday, June 8 – 10 a.m. – Country Club Plaza

Export Distributor Agreement Seminar », presented by the U.S. Commercial Service 
Thursday, June 13 – 9-11:30 a.m. – World Trade Center

Ambassador Dirk Wouters », presented by the Dole Institute 
Thursday, June 13 – 2-3:30 p.m. – Dole Institute

WWI "Tree of Peace" Planting, presented by Czech Slovak Club 
Friday, June 21 – 3 p.m.-5 p.m. – National WWI Museum 

Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia », presented by the Dole Institute 
Thursday, August 1 – 3-4:30 p.m. – Dole Institute

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 »

English for Citizenship Class
The next session of the Kansas City Public Library’s RISE division English for Citizenship class starts on Wednesday, May 8th. This 12-week course occurs every Wednesday night from 6-8 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the Central Library (14 W 10th St, KCMO). This class is designed to help patrons develop the language skills necessary to pass the USCIS naturalization test. Students will be taught the vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation found on the N-400 form and the 100 civics questions.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact RISE via email at or call 816.701.3766.

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