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Next Book Club Will Discuss Trade & Global Economies

Wednesday, September 25, 2019  
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Dear friends,

Thanks to everyone who attended the panel with former UN peacekeepers last evening at the World War I Museum. There are some other remarkable events happening in our community in the coming weeks, so do check out the community calendar below.

Next week, we are looking forward to welcoming to Kansas City David Smolansky, former mayor of El Hatillo, Venezuela, who will offer his perspectives on the status of Venezuela and where the country goes from here. The centerpiece of Mr. Smolansky's visit will be a facilitated conversation at the KU Edwards Campus next Thursday, October 3. If you're not familiar with Venezuela or if you've been following the news closely, this will be a program worth attending. It's free and open to the public; we just ask that you register online » to help us with planning.

October's book club selection focuses on Dani Rodrick's book, Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy, and will be facilitated by Mark Johnson, founding partner of the Kansas City office of Dentons US LLP (world’s largest law firm). Please join us at the Kauffman Foundation just east of the Plaza for this free discussion. You can read more and register » on the IRC website.

We're a little more than a month away from the second annual Your Global Future college and career fair for high school students. Whether you represent a business, organization, or university that would like to share about international academic or professional opportunities or you know high-schoolers who would like to attend, we hope you'll help us spread the word about this exciting event. You can read more online », where booths and school groups can also sign up.

This is the last week to submit a nomination for yourself or someone else to be a member of the IRC board of directors beginning in January 2020. Nominations received will be reviewed by the nominating committee, and successful candidates will be contacted for further conversation. You can learn more about the process here ».

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

This week, the IRC's blog focuses on Welcoming Week in the Kansas City area »
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 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 – 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
IRC Book Club: Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy – Monday, October 7 – 6:30-8 p.m – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
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. 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
Greater KC Peacebuilding Conference– Thursday, October 31 to Saturday, November 2
Now in its seventh year, the Greater KC Peacebuilding Conference looks at peacebuilding from local, national, and international perspectives. The 2019 theme is Human Rights: The Foundation of Peacebuilding. Events include luncheon (Thursday), discussion (Friday), and community conference (Saturday). Saturday's keynote speaker will be Sarah Margon, the Washington director of Human Rights Watch. The peacebuilding conference is free and open to the public; RSVP required. 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 ».

Lest We Forget », presented by Goethe Pop Up Kansas City
Friday, September 20 - Sunday, October 6 – Memorial Courtyard, National World War I Memorial and Museum

Frido Mann: Democracy Will Win », presented by Goethe Pop Up Kansas City and the Kansas City Public Library
Friday, September 27 – 6:00 p.m. – Plaza Library Branch (Lower Level)

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)

Slavic Festival and Events », presented by Czech Slovak Club
Various dates from Saturday, October 12 - Monday, November 11 

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

Navigating a World of Bitcoins, Cryptocurrency, and the Blockchain: What is it and how is it influencing international trade? », presented by the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City
Friday, October 25 – 7:30-9 a.m – Design Resources (Overland Park)

Qatar and Oman Educator Tours », presented by Quatar Foundation International and Global Exploration for Educators Organization
Saturday, December 21 - Friday, January 3, 2020 

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


U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program
How far could a student internship at the U.S. Department of State take you? Just for starters, it would give you a coveted inside look at diplomacy in action, and the range of careers and responsibilities found in the Foreign Service and Civil Service. You’ll gain valuable work experience that you can apply to virtually every endeavor — whether you work in government or the private sector. Most of all, you will feel good about doing something worthwhile for your nation.The U.S. Department of State Student Internship Program is an unpaid internship with the opportunity to work in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world, as well as in various bureaus located in Washington, D.C. and at Department offices around the United States. This program is designed to provide substantive learning experiences in a foreign affairs environment.

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

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is Hiring
Citizenship Education Outreach & Expansion VISTA Position
The Citizenship Education Outreach & Expansion VISTA member will build the capacity of CCNEK’s Citizenship Education Program by developing and implementing outreach & expansion strategy, materials and partnerships for refugees and immigrants in Wyandotte County, Kansas. This VISTA position will impact poverty by helping lawful permanent residents transition to American citizens, thereby increasing access to federal loans, assistance and support. As a result of the VISTA member’s service, approximately 25 newly trained volunteers at newly established partner sites will help over 100 refugees and immigrants become engaged American citizens.  


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