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Wednesday, August 7, 2019  
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Dear friends,

There's a lot on the slate this month at the IRC and in our KC community, but first a friendly reminder: If you were thinking about applying for one of the open positions at the IRC, or wanted to pass this information along to a friend or family member, please note that the application deadline – this Friday, August 9 – is approaching. More information is available on the IRC's website ».

After Tuesday's Global Experience with Brazilian Ambassador Jose Vicente Pimentel and tonight's Book Club conversation » on international cooperation in space, we'll turn our attention to an annual gem of Kansas City's international community. If you haven't been to the Ethnic Enrichment Festival before, there's no better time than next week, when the festival turns 40. Dozens of countries and cultures will be represented through food, music, dance, and crafts, and visitors from around the region will savor the experience of the world right here in our own backyard. We hope to see you at Swope Park next weekend, August 16-18. If you have some time and would like to help, the IRC's information booth is looking for volunteers – you can sign up here ».

Looking farther ahead into the fall, we invite you to share information with businesses, organizations, universities, and high schools you know about the following:

  • Registration is open for the Tuesday, October 29, Your Global Future college and career fair at the KC Convention Center. Now in its second year, the event brings together a mix of businesses, organizations, and universities to showcase for students international academic and professional opportunities after high school. Visit the event's webpage » to see a sample of the booths already registered for this year, and see if you know anyone who should have a booth or bring a school group.
  • We are looking forward to the Global Honors Evening, themed this year around global health, on Thursday, November 21. While general registration is not yet open, we welcome interest in sponsorships for the event, which will feature Amb. Deborah Birx, U.S. Special Envoy for Global Health Diplomacy, as the keynote speaker. Read more about the event and Amb. Birx's valuable contributions to global health here », and do share with others you know who might be interested.

We're looking forward to the free program with Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, on Tuesday, August 27, as well. More information on registration is available below. See you soon!

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
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This week, the World Citizen Blog is a 
reflection on Taiwan's 2020 presidential elections ». 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.

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 »

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 July. If you would like to learn more about becoming an IRC memberplease visit our website » for more information.

Corporate Members

Nonprofit Members
Once We Were Refugees »

Individual and Family-Level Members
Kassanna Barreto
Family of Ken Beard
Family of Bryan Boots
Katelyn Clark
William Eckhardt (Emissary)

Family of Tom & Beth Hall
Ann Johnson
Brad Kleindl
Christina Luhn
Kevin Pistilli (Academy)
Cristina Ruiz
Joy Stevenson (Emissary)
Benjamin Stumpf
Family of Paul Temme
Andy Vogel
Family of Don Wallace

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 »

Bernardo Zito Porto Joins Husch Blackwell's Kansas City Office 
Husch Blackwell is pleased to announce that Bernardo Zito Porto has joined its Kansas City office as an associate in its Financial Services & Capital Markets group and its Litigation, Insurance, and International practices. Before coming to Husch Blackwell, Zito Porto practiced in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He focuses his worldwide practice on all stages of complex commercial litigation and proactive risk assessment on insurance coverage matters. Zito Porto earned his LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School and his LL.B. from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

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
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
News & Views: Ebola and Public Health 
– Thursday, August 29 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Char Bar
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. Join us on August 29 as we discuss Ebola and public health with Dr. Nathan Bahr, an assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of Kansas. Dr. Bahr's research is conducted locally and in Uganda, and he has active research collaborations around the world. 
Read more and register »

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 – Tuesday, August 13 – 6-8 p.m. – Dinner Group
Princess Garden Restaurant (8906 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64114)

State of the State Department and Diplomacy  – Thursday, August 29  – 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, September 5  – 6 p.m.  – Centered Spirit Group
Centered Spirit Cultural and Holistic Center (8131 Wornall Rd, Kansas City, MO 64114)
State of the State Department and Diplomacy – Tuesday, September 10 – 6-8 p.m. – Dinner Group
Princess Garden Restaurant (8906 Wornall, Kansas City, MO 64114)

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

Ethnic Enrichment Festival », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission of Kansas City
Friday-Sunday, August 16-18 -– 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. Click here for more details », including a schedule of the event.


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: 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 ».


Peace Journalist Magazine: Call for Submissions 
Peace Journalist magazine is accepting article submissions for the October 2019 edition. Articles should be 500-1,500 words and on the topics of peace and media projects, workshops, seminars, courses, and so on. The magazine is journalism and media focused, so they do not seek articles about peace projects that do not relate directly to media and journalism. The deadline for submissions is September 5. Feel free to submit photos as well. The magazine usually fills up quickly. You can increase your chances of publication by getting your article in early. You can find a copy of the April 2019 edition of the magazine here:

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 ».