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Wednesday, August 28, 2019  
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Dear friends,

We were honored this week by a visit by Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, who discussed the relationship between India and Pakistan, its background, and its current challenges and opportunities. Special thanks to Park University, Johnson County Community College, and the India Association of Kansas City for making this program possible.

Last week, we announced nominations for awards for Contributions to the Community and Academic Leadership, due on Friday, September 13. This week, we're pleased to pass along a note from the IRC Nominating Committee that the IRC is currently accepting nominations for our 2020 board of directors. Please see below for more information and consider if you or someone you know might be a good fit for the IRC board of directors ».

The IRC is proud to support Park University's 2019 Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture on Thursday, September 12. This year's program will feature Dr. Stephen Walt, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, who will offer his perspective on the progress and future of U.S. foreign policy. Please find more information and a link to register below.

As the school year gets underway, we're getting ready for another IRC networking hour, this time with IRC organizational member Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.). If you have some time on Wednesday, September 18, please plan to stop by the Nonprofit Village at 31 W. 31st Street to meet other IRC members and friends and learn more about the IRC and one of its newest organizational members. Registration is requested to help with planning.

The IRC office will be closed next Monday in observance of Labor Day, and I'll be out of the office until Monday, September 16. If you need to get in touch, please still send an email », and you'll get a response with information on how to direct your inquiry. Thanks for your patience as we work to get back to you as promptly as we can.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

The blog is on a break this week. 
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 International Relations Council warmly welcomes nominations for two of our most esteemed awards, the Award for Contributions to the Community and the Award for Academic Leadership. Awards will be presented at the 2019 Global Honors Evening on Thursday, November 21, and may be presented to a deserving individual or organization with ties to the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Nominations must be received by Friday, September 13, to be considered for this year's Global Honors Evening. This year, we are seeking nominations in the field of global health. Learn more and submit a nomination »

The International Relations Council is currently accepting nominations for our 2020 board of directors. Board members serve a three-year term, starting January 1, and are eligible for re-election to a second three-year term. Nominations must be received by Friday, September 27, 2019.You may nominate a friend, colleague, or yourself. Learn more and submit a nomination » 


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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
Can America Still Have a Successful Foreign Policy
? – Thursday, September 12 – 6:30 p.m. – Park University
The IRC is proud to support Park University's 27th annual Dr. Jerzy Hauptmann Distinguished Guest Lecture Series event on Thursday, September 12. This year, the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Dr. Stephen Walt, will offer his perspective on the progress and future of U.S. foreign policy. Read more »

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 »

Registration Open
Protecting the Peace: United Nations Peacekeepers in the 21st Century – Tuesday, September 24 – 6 p.m. – WWI Museum and Memorial
The IRC is proud to support this annual panel featuring international military officers currently studying at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, where they discuss their most challenging and rewarding experiences and the questions surrounding the responsibility of protecting civilians and peace. Read more »

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 Matthew » 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)

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 »

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 

Mayor's UN Day Dinner », presented by the United Nations Association 
Monday, October 21 – 6 p.m. – Pennway Place at Studio Dan Meiners

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:

Cultural Crossroads Scholarship
The Cultural Crossroads scholarship ($500.00) is available to all senior high school students in Jackson County, Missouri, who are enrolled or about to be enrolled in a public institution of higher education (i.e., a state or county university or community college, but not a for-profit institution) in a degree or vocational program. Click here for more information »