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Meet Brazilian Ambassador Jose Pimentel in August

Wednesday, July 24, 2019  
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Dear friends,

Tomorrow, the director of Park University's Center for Global Peace Journalism, Steven Youngblood, will lead the July News & Views conversation around the topic, "Media and Horrifying Images – Necessary Evil, or Unnecessarily Sensational?" Each month, this program series brings together a small group of community members for respectful, substantive discussion around one of that week’s top international new stories. Whether you're new to the IRC or a longtime member, we hope you'll consider joining us for this meaningful conversation in North Kansas City. Registration is open on the IRC's website ».

On Tuesday, August 6, we're excited to be welcoming Ambassador Jose Vicente Pimentel, former Brazilian Ambassador to India, South Africa, and Canada, for a Global Experience at Taste of Brazil in the City Market. In this program we look forward to gaining a richer understanding of Brazil and its foreign policy as well as the country's bilateral relations with the U.S. Space is limited for this free, public program, so do register today if you're interested in attending. Attendees will have the option to purchase their own food and drinks upon arrival.

Please read on for more information on open positions at the IRC, a call for volunteers for the upcoming Ethnic Enrichment Festival, a program on India and Pakistan with Gandhi's grandson, and the second annual Your Global Future college and career fair. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
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This week, the World Citizen Blog is 
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The IRC is an incredible community, and we are looking for talented, passionate, and conscientious team members to support our mission. Please click on the link to find the full posting and application instructions for available positions. For priority consideration, applications should be received no later than Friday, August 9, 2019. See opportunities »

The annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival » (Friday to Sunday, August 16-18, at Swope Park) is a great family outing and a fun way to get to know the food, arts, and people of the world right here in our own global community. As we previous years, the IRC will have an informational booth at the festival, and we'd love your help staffing it. This is a great opportunity to meet other internationally engaged members of the community and share about the IRC. Please sign up here » for the shift of your choice, and we'll be in touch with more information.


Registration Closing
News & Views: Media and Horrifying Images – Necessary Evil, or Unnecessarily Sensational? 
– Thursday, July 25 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Calibration Brewery (NKC)
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. This month's topic is Media and Horrifying Images: As media outlets, our ethics are challenged by decisions on if and how to use horrifying photos like the recent one of the immigrant father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande and earlier images like the one of three year old Syrian refugee whose body washed ashore in Turkey. Registration is free but helps us with planning; individuals cover their own food and drinks. 
Read more and register »

Registration Open
Global Experience with Ambassador Jose Vicente Pimentel 
– Tuesday, August 6 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Taste of Brazil
The IRC's Global Experience series asks, "What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it?" Join us as we enjoy an informal discussion with former Ambassador Jose Vicente Pimentel, who will share about his extensive experience in the Brazilian diplomatic service, including stories of his time at various postings: D.C., Santiago, Paris, Rome, Guatemala, New Delhi, Pretoria, and Toronto. In the process, gain a richer understanding of Brazil and its foreign policy, as well as the country's bilateral relations with the U.S. 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 »

Registration Open
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 »

Registration Open
Your Global Future: A College and Career Fair for High School Students Preparing for Global Opportunities
– Tuesday, October 29  – 8:30 a.m- 12 p.m. – Kansas City Convention Center
Away from the borders and coasts, Kansas City-area students are often surprised to find just how many international academic and professional opportunities await them after high school. This unique college and career fair will bring together dozens of international businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to show students just how global their future can be
Read more and register »

Sponsorships Available
Save the Date: 2019 Global Honors Evening – Thursday, November 21 – 5:30-9 p.m. – KC Convention Center, Little Theater
Each year since the early 1980s, the IRC has recognized individuals and organizations for contributions to foreign policy and global affairs, international commerce, or the Kansas City community. In 2019, we’re pleased once again to celebrate a range of individuals and groups that make Kansas City a shining global community, this time with a focus on global health. 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.  

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)

The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested – Thursday, August 1 – 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 – Tuesday, August 13 – 6-8 p.m. – Dinner Group
Princess Garden Restaurant (8906 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64114)

For a full listing of 2019 group meetings, visit the IRC website ».

Please join us in supporting the following events hosted by IRC members across the metro. 

KC Fringe Festival », presented by KC Creates
Sunday-Sunday, July 14-28
It all started in 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland, as an alternative festival that played concurrently with the Edinburgh International Festival. Though not invited to participate, groups of actors, musicians, and the like performed at various venues on the fringe of the EIF. In 1948, Robert Kemp, a local journalist, gave it the name Fringe: "Round the fringe of official Festival drama, there seems to be more private enterprise than before..." And so the Fringe as we know it was born. Fringe performing arts festivals can now be found all over the world, with dozens thriving in the United States today. 
The 15th annual Fringe Festival KC is where adventurous audiences meet adventurous artists. This 14-day explosion of unjuried, uncensored performing and visual arts features performers and creators from all over- local, national and international. Fringe Festival KC is the biggest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan region.

Leadership Convention and Diversity Career Fair », presented by the National Association of Asian American Professionals
Thursday-Saturday, August 22-24 – Westin(Crown Center)

The Leadership Convention, presented by NAAAP, is for those who want to push the boundaries of what it means to lead. People from all professional and cultural backgrounds are welcome to come connect with and be inspired by unconventional leaders, visionaries, and disruptors. The three-day convention begins with the ERG Summit on Thursday, August 22, 2019, continues with speakers and workshops on August 23 and 24, and concludes with the Gala and NAAAP 100 & Inspire Awards presented by United Airlines on August 24. There will also be a Diversity Career Fair on August 23. The NAAAP Kansas City chapter will be co-hosting the 2019 Convention, ERG Summit, and Diversity Career Fair at the Westin Crown Center located in the heart of beautiful Kansas City. IRC members receive a 10% off discounted rate. Email Matthew Hughes » to receive the member discount code.

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 »

From New York to Tehran: American Pragmatism, Muslim Engineers, and the Making of Modern Iran », presented by the Linda Hall Library
Thursday, July 25 – 3-4 p.m. – Linda Hall Library

KC Carnaval », presented by genKC and Young Latino Professionals
Friday, July 26 – 6-9 p.m. – City Market

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)

Annual Picnic, presented by the Czech and Slovak Club
Saturday, July 27 – 3-6 p.m. – William Henry Harrison Park (Sugar Creek, MO)

Classrooms for Success: Strategies to Engage Immigrant Students and their Families, presented by Communities Concerned for Immigrants & Refugees
Thursday, August 1 – 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. – Union Station

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)

2019 Singapore National Day Celebration », presented by KC Merlions
Saturday, August 10 – 4:30 pm. – Nottingham by the Green Clubhouse

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

74th Annual Meeting », presented by International Trade Council
Thursday, August 15 – 5-7 p.m. – Piropos

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

23rd Annual Awards Banquet »presented by Crescent Peace Society
Saturday, August 24 – 6-9 p.m. – Marriott Overland Park

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

Gandhi: The First Peace Journalist, presented by Park University
Monday, August 26 – 7-8:30 p.m. – Park University Chapel

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

International Taste and Tour Event », presented by Northeast Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, September 14 – 1-5 p.m. – Don Bosco Center

Incoterms for Americans: A Look Ahead at Incoterms 2020 », presented by International Trade Council
Thursday, September 26 – 8 a.m.-3 p.m. – Union Station 

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


Virtual Student Federal Service
The U.S. Department of State is currently accepting applications for the Virtual Student Federal Service (VSFS). The Virtual Student Federal Service is the largest virtual internship program in the world! This year they will offer 3,000 positions with 55 federal agencies. VSFS offers unique mentoring and exposure to job opportunities within the U.S. government.  Learn more about the projects offered for 2019 through 2020. To USAJOBS, create an account, build a resume, write a statement of interest, and upload a transcript.

Department of Commerce Job Openings
The Department of Commerce has openings for International Trade Specialists with locations in Kansas City and eight other duty locations throughout the U.S. Field. Vacancies close on July 29. 
International Trade Specialist 1140:  GS-9 or 11 (career ladder to GS-13): (DE - All U.S. Citizens) and (MP – Federal employees)
      International Trade Specialist 1140:  GS-12 or 13 (career ladder to GS-13): (DE - All U.S. Citizens) and (MP – Federal employees)

Youth Diplomats
The Youth Diplomats Program, presented by Global Ties KC, is a nine-month experiential learning program to equip teens in Kansas and Missouri with the tools necessary for success in a global society. They'll meet once a month to explore topics in global affairs and diplomacy. You’ll build your cross-cultural communication skills in the process, discover college and career options, network with global experts, and do service projects alongside international visitors. Click here for more information and to apply ».