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Ebola & Public Health with a Local Expert

Wednesday, August 14, 2019  
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Dear friends,

Whenever possible, we aim to bring international experts to smaller settings to allow you and other IRC members and friends to share your thoughts and ask questions that matter to you. Earlier this month, Brazilian Ambassador Pimentel met with a small group to offer insight into Brazil's role in the world and the art of statecraft, and later this month we'll have another opportunity in the next News & Views installment. Dr. Nathan Bahr, assistant professor of infectious diseases at the University of Kansas, will join us on Thursday, August 29, to discuss Ebola and public health. Seats are limited, so, if you'd like participate, we encourage you to register today » for this free program.

The relationship between India and Pakistan continues to make global headlines this week. On Tuesday, August 27, Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, will be with us to help us understand where the relationship stands and goes from here. This free program is open to the public, though we do ask you to sign up » to help with planning. If you can't make it to JCCC that evening, Park University is hosting a program with Professor Gandhi the evening before on Gandhi as the first peace journalist ».

Ahead in September, you'll find information below for a networking hour with Global and Multicultural Education and a program on Venezuela with exiled Venezuelan mayor David Smolansky. And this weekend – August 16-18 – do join us at Swope Park for the 40th annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival. It's great fun for the whole family, and the IRC will have a booth. If you have some time and would like to help represent the IRC at the festival, please sign up here ».

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

This week, the World Citizen Blog is about 
Third Culture children living in Kansas City ». 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 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 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
IRC Networking Hour: Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.) 
– Wednesday, September 18 – 6-7:30 p.m. – Nonprofit Village
IRC networking hours give community members the chance to get to know each other and the IRC's organizational partners' work in the international space in Kansas City. On Wednesday, September 18, please join us at Nonprofit Village as we get to know the international work of Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.). Refreshments provided; admission is free with RSVP. Read more and register »

Save the Date
David Smolansky - Exiled Former Mayor of El Hatillo, Venezuela 
– Thursday, September 26 – 6-7:30 p.m.
David Smolansky is the former mayor of El Hatillo municipality in Caracas, Venezuela. He is currently living in exile and is a visiting scholar at Georgetown University. Smolansky was removed from office by the Maduro administration, disqualified from any public administration role, and has a warrant out for his arrest. He was forced to flee from Venezuela after 35 days in hiding, in which he faced more than 35 checkpoints until he finally reached Brazil. Smolansky is one of the best-known young Venezuelan politicians, and was a vital member of the student movement that defeated Hugo Chávez’s constitutional reform proposal in 2007. 
Read more »

Registration Open
Global Experience: Around the World in a Pint Glass 
– Thursday, October 3 – 4 p.m.
Founded in 1988, and currently under the control of a Belgian parent company, the Boulevard has long been a Kansas City icon known for its diverse and flavorful beers. This event will allow participants to celebrate Oktoberfest right here in Kansas City, while sampling some of the best beverages around. After the event, please stick around with your friends to experience the 10,000 square foot Beer Hall and enjoy small samples, a flight, or full pours of established and experimental beers.
 Registration is capped at 15. 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.

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 »

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

Leadership Convention », presented by NAAAP
Thursday-Saturday, August 22-24 – Westin Crown Center

First Annual Gala », presented by GlobalFC 
Friday, 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 ».


Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program
The Robert Bosch Foundation and Cultural Vistas invite U.S. professionals to apply for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program, to be held in 2020-2021. Bosch Fellows act as consultants in their field of expertise at leading public or private institutions in Germany. In addition, Bosch Fellows participate in professional seminars, where they travel to meet and exchange ideas with topic area experts in transatlantic relations across Germany. Fellows are from the fields of public policy and administration, foreign and security policy, urban and regional planning, business, journalism, communications, law, or cultural and arts management (i.e. museum, theater, orchestra). This will be the final round of the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program.

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 ».