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Summer Events to Beat the Heat

Tuesday, July 2, 2019  
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Dear friends,

Summer gives us a chance to enjoy some different kinds of programs, some of which you'll see reflected in the calendar below. July will feature another News & Views conversation as well as a visit to the Sister Cities Film Festival for a 2015 selection from China. The Sister Cities Film Festival begins this weekend and goes through early August, so, if you can't join us for the IRC Global Experience, do try to attend another screening. The Book Club will meet again at the beginning of August, and we're already looking forward to the annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival at Swope Park. We look forward to seeing you out and about!

The IRC office will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week for the Fourth of July holiday. On behalf of the IRC board and staff, we wish you a safe and wonderful celebration with family and friends.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
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We'd like to express our thanks to the following individuals and organizations for joining or renewing their membership with the IRC in the month of June. If you would like to learn more about becoming an IRC memberplease visit our website » for more information.

Individual and Family-Level Members
Family of Hon. Richard Berkley
Brian Cook
Tyler Davis
K. Gopi Govindan
Gregory Hoffman
Mark Johnson
Irina Kobzeva-Pavlovic
Yun Fang Ma
Rosalynn McCord-Bey
Kelli Meilink (Patron)
Ben Meyer
Barbara Nelson (Patron)
Kathleen O'Kane
Family of Charles and Jane Olsen
Family of Dr. and Mrs. George and Linda Parkins
Vivian Swafford
Dora Tiznado
Dale Walker
Dr. Brian Wright

This week, the World Citizen Blog is a 
member spotlight on GKC People to People »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.

It is with sorrow that we share news of the recent passing of former Kansas Rep. Jan Meyers. A longtime IRC and Great Decisions member, she served on the House Foreign Relations Committee and had a great impact on our community.  
More information on the life and many accomplishments of Rep. Meyers are available here ».



Sydney Logan, Global Education Intern
Sydney Logan just graduated from KU with her Bachelors in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a focus on Korean language and culture studies. An avid traveler, Sydney has studied abroad in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and South Korea and loves to experience new cultures. During her last semester at KU, Sydney volunteered at St. John’s Catholic School teaching Korean to ambitious middle schoolers. With goals to spread awareness of other countries and peoples, Sydney hopes to share her knowledge of the world with others and promote world travel and international relations.


Registration Open
Global Experience: Sister Cities Film Festival: Road to the Sky (China, 2015) 
– Saturday, July 20 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – KC Library (Plaza Branch)
The IRC's Global Experience series asks, "What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it?" Join the IRC as we attend the Sister Cities Association's film showing of Road to the Sky (China, 2015). Following the film, there will be a post-film discussion, and then IRC attendees are invited to relocate to a nearby restaurant for lunch. Based on a true story, this film is about a World War II military supply road built collaboratively by China and Myanmar and the power of the project to bring together diverse communities. Read more and register »

Registration Open
News & Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News 
– Thursday, July 25 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – North Kansas City, MO (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. Facilitated by a seasoned member of the International Relations Council, the group meets in different informal settings around town, like a happy hour on the Plaza, for a guided conversation about a topic and articles that we’ll share just a few days in advance. Individuals of all backgrounds, interests, and perspectives are welcome – we just ask that you bring an open mind, thoughtful questions, and common courtesy. Registration is free but helps us with planning; individuals cover their own food and drinks. 
Read more and register »

Registration Open
IRC Book Club: Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space – Wednesday, August 7 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation
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. Space has become increasingly crowded since the end of the Cold War, with new countries, companies, and even private citizens operating satellites and becoming spacefarers. This book offers general readers a valuable primer on space policy from an international perspective. It examines the competing themes of space competition and cooperation while providing readers with an understanding of the basics of space technology, diplomacy, commerce, science, and military applications. Read more and register »

Family Event
Visit the IRC at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival 
– Friday, August 16-Sunday, August 18 – Swope Park
Feel the world beat in the heart of America. This event is one of the largest festivals of its kind in the country and features more than 60 different cultures selling their native foods, crafts and performing ethnic music and dances. The festival is held during the third full weekend of August near the front entrance of historic Swope Park. Be sure to swing by the IRC's booth to say hello and learn more about our upcoming programs. Read more »

Registration Opening Soon
Save the Date: The Status of Peacebuilding Between India and Pakistan – Tuesday, August 27 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Johnson County Community College
Early in 2019, India and Pakistan, both possessing nuclear weapons, came close to war before international pressure and internal realism produced a deescalation. Containing between them a population of 1.5 billion, the countries have fought four wars since 1947, when the Indian subcontinent was divided into India and Pakistan. In his lecture, Professor Gandhi, a research professor at UIUC and a grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will address the fragility and global importance of their current truce. 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  – Tuesday, July 9 – 6-8 p.m. – Dinner Group
Princess Garden Restaurant (8906 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64114)
Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics – Thursday, July 11 – 6 p.m. – Centered Spirit Group
Centered Spirit Cultural and Holistic Center (8131 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114)
The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested – Thursday, July 25 – 12-1 p.m. – Downtown Group
Stinson Leonard Street Law Firm (1201 Walnut St., Suite 2900, Kansas City, MO 64106)
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 »

Screening: Orz Boyz (Taiwan, 2008) », presented by the Sister Cities Film Festival 
Saturday, July 6 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Kansas City Public Library (Plaza Branch)

Screening: The Good Girls (Mexico, 2018) », presented by the Sister Cities Film Festival 
Saturday, July 13 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Kansas City Public Library (Plaza Branch)

Know Now Conference Call: U.S.-Iran Relations », presented by the World Affairs Councils of America 
Tuesday, July 16 – 1-1:30 p.m. 

Screening: Road to the Sky (China, 2015) »presented by the Sister Cities Film Festival 
Saturday, July 20 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Kansas City Public Library (Plaza Branch)

Screening: Hidden Moon (Mexico, 2012) »presented by the Sister Cities Film Festival 
Saturday, July 27 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Kansas City Public Library (Plaza Branch)

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

Screening: Key of Life (Japan, 2012) »presented by the Sister Cities Film Festival 
Saturday, August 3 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Kansas City Public Library (Plaza Branch)

Screening: Champions (Spain, 2018) »presented by the Sister Cities Film Festival 
Saturday, August 10 – 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Kansas City Public Library (Plaza Branch)

KNOW NOW Featuring Dean C. Alexander », presented by World Affairs Councils of America 
Tuesday, August 13 – 1 p.m.

Ethnic Enrichment Festival », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission 
Friday-Sunday, August 16-18 – Swope Park

First Annual Gala », presented by GlobalFC 
August 23 – 6:30 p.m. – Children's Mercy Park

India Fest, presented by IAKC 
Sunday, August 25 – 11 a.m.-6 p.m. – Overland Park Convention Center

5th Annual Convocation », presented by KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures 
Thursday, August 29 – 3:30-6 p.m. – KU Student Union Ballroom

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

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship Program 
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State, administered by Howard University, that attracts and prepares outstanding young people for Foreign Service careers in the U.S. Department of State. The Pickering Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to promote positive change in the world. Upon successful completion of a two-year master’s degree program and fulfillment of Foreign Service entry requirements, fellows have the opportunity to work as Foreign Service Officers in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, serving in Washington, DC and at a U.S. embassy, consulate, or diplomatic mission around the globe. Fellows also agree to a minimum five-year service commitment in the Department of State’s Foreign Service. The five-year service commitment begins upon entry into the Foreign Service. Click here for more information »