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Networking Tonight and News & Views Tomorrow

Wednesday, September 18, 2019  
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Dear friends,

This week we're excited to welcome two new staff members to the IRC community – Rachel White (program coordinator) and Jonathan Hartnett (membership assistant). Both bring wonderful experience and international interest and are already off to a great start! We invite you to meet both of them at this week's networking and News & Views events. If you'd like to reach out with a word of welcome, they can be contacted at » and ».

This evening we'll be at the Nonprofit Village (31 W. 31st St.) in Midtown KCMO for a networking hour with IRC member organization Global and Multicultural Education (G.A.M.E.). If you have some time, please join us for some refreshments, connecting, and updates on G.A.M.E.'s work with schools in the Kansas City area. It's also a great chance to check out the well-equipped Nonprofit Village coworking space if you haven't already. Please just let us know you're coming by registering online ».

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 18, JCCC's director of international education, Dr. Tom Patterson, will be leading a News & Views discussion on whether GDP is a good measure of well-being. Join us in the Crossroads District at Songbird Café for this meaningful conversation, but do sign up in advance » since space is limited.

Don't miss next week's events – a panel discussion with former UN peacekeepers » at the WWI Museum and a beer tasting » at Boulevard Brewery as we get ready for Oktoberfest. See you soon!

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
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The blog is on a break this week, but we look forward to sharing a new post with you next 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.


Rachel White, Program Coordinator

Rachel White graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance Languages, focusing on Spanish, French, and Portuguese. While attending Truman, she studied abroad in Seville, Spain, for a semester and Angers, France, for a summer. Rachel has spent the majority of her life living and working in the Kansas City area. She has a professional background in event coordinating, international education, and higher education. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games, playing and coaching volleyball, and traveling around the U.S. and abroad.

Jonathan Hartnett, Membership Assistant

Jon Hartnett is a class of 2019 graduate from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, focusing on Middle Eastern Policy, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in History. He was involved across campus with HWSVotes, Day of Service, and the club soccer team. Jon has spent time studying abroad in Athens, Greece, where he took part in an archeological survey and geo-mapping project, and Galway, Ireland, where he studied the growing concern for the environment and how it impacted Irish politics. A native of Upstate New York, Jon is looking forward to experiencing life in Kansas City.


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 » 

Each year, in memory of our founder and longtime executive director, Eliot S. Berkley, the International Relations Council presents this award to an exceptional high school junior or senior who has demonstrated superior academic interest and competence in international studies. The award includes a $500 scholarship. Complete applications must be received by Friday, November 8. Learn more and apply »


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 »

Registration Open – New Date
Global Experience: Around the World in a Pint Glass
Thursday, September 26 – 4 p.m. – Boulevard Brewery
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
Where Does Venezuela Go from Here? 
– Thursday, October 3 – 5:45-8 p.m. – KU Edwards Campus
Venezuela remains a country in deep instability. With a recent history marked by jarring political, social, and economic events and trends, the country has seen an outflow of more than 4 million people (1 million+ in the last nine months). Where does Venezuela go from here, and what are the prospects for a true turning point? Join David Smolansky, youngest mayor in the country's history, living in exile since September 2017, for unique insights on the context, realities, and future of Venezuela.
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 »

Registration Open
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 and register »

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 ».

Creating Globally-Engineered Aerospace Factories », presented by the World Trade Council of Wichita
Thursday, September 19 – 6-8 p.m. – Wichita State University

Strangers in Town: Documentary Screening », presented by Jewish Vocational Services
Sunday, September 22 – 1-2:30 p.m. – Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

German Wine Tasting », presented by the Hannover Sister City Committee
Monday, September 23 – 5-7 p.m. – Tannin Wine Bar – $20

Create Change: Women, Democracy and Global Politics », presented by the Dole Institute
Wednesday, September 25 – 4-5:30 p.m. – Dole Institute (Lawrence)

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

Unveiling Ceremony and Reception for a new painting by Chinese artist Yidan Guo », presented by the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation
Thursday, October 3 – 4 p.m. – UMKC’s Miller-Nichols Library

KC Japan Festival », presented by the Heart of America Japan-America Society
Saturday, October 5 – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – JCCC

US-China Poetry Dialogue », presented by the Edgar Snow Memorial Foundation
Monday, October 7 – 7-9 p.m. – Diastole Scholars' Center

US-China Tariff Hike Impact: What's Next? », presented by the Asian American Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, October 8 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Husch Blackwell (Plaza)

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. Application deadline: November 1

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 »