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Populism & Nationalism on the Rise: A German Perspective

Wednesday, October 2, 2019  
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Dear friends,

Former mayor David Smolansky – the youngest mayor in his country's history – will be with us this week for an insightful conversation on the roots, realities, and future of the situation in Venezuela. Please join Mr. Smolansky and Dr. Tamara Falicov, moderator, for this free, public program at the KU Edwards Campus tomorrow evening, October 3. There's still time to register on the IRC website » if you haven't already.

We've just opened registration for what promises to be a fascinating discussion that looks back in order to look forward – Wednesday, October 23, at Lathrop Gage (Crown Center). Recent elections around the world in a range of developing countries and established democracies have revealed growing traction for populist candidates and nationalist rhetoric. German career diplomat Stefan Schlüter will share his reflections on this trend from a German perspective. Registration is now open » for this free, public program, which is hosted in partnership with Wunderbar Together, the World Affairs Councils of America, and the American Council on Germany.

This Monday, October 7, don't miss the IRC Book Club's coverage of Dani Rodrick's compelling work on global trade – 6:30-8 p.m. at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center. Mark Johnson of Dentons, a subject-matter expert, will be leading the discussion, and the event is a great chance to meet other IRC members and friends, as well. Registration is available below.

Take a look below for more on the Berkley Award for high school students, the Your Global Future college and career fair, and the upcoming Global Honors Evening, themed this year on global health. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
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This week, the IRC's blog is a reflection on KC to Seville, Spain and Back Again »
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.

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 »

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 September. If you would like to learn more about becoming an IRC member, please visit our website » for more information. 

Nonprofit Members
The Simulations Center

Individual and Family-Level Members
Bareaa Al-Fakih
Stacy Cassell (Statesman)
Family of Amy Coffman
Kirk Doan
Nancy Messer (Emissary)
Ruth Ramsey
Keith Savastano
Steven Swartzman (Patron)

Howard Trilling
Dr. Sidne Ward (Benefactor)
Paul Weida (Patron)
Family of Andrea Whitmore



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 Now Open
Populism and Nationalism on the Rise: A German Perspective – Wednesday, October 23 – 5:45-8 p.m. – Lathrop Gage (Crown Center)
Recent elections around the world in a range of developing countries and established democracies have revealed growing traction for populist candidates and nationalist rhetoric. This accelerating trend has resulted in increased populist representation in governments and the sanctioning of ideological policies. Career diplomat Stefan Schlüter will reflect on this international surge in populism and nationalism from a German perspective. This program is free and open to the public with RSVP. 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: Photo Installation and Events », presented by Goethe Pop Up Kansas City
Friday, September 20 - Sunday, October 6 – Memorial Courtyard, National World War I Memorial and Museum

Russian-American Business Chamber: Networking Event », presented by the Russian House of Kansas City
Thursday, October 3 – 7-8:30 p.m. – European Delights (Overland Park)

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 the Czech Slovak Club
Various dates from Saturday, October 12 - Monday, November 11 

6th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration », presented by the Kansas City Museum and Mattie Rhodes Center
Sunday, October 20 – 1-4 p.m. – Kansas City Museum 

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)

Guadalupe Centers: 100 Years of Service Documentary Premiere », presented by Tico Productions LLC
Saturday, October 26 – 2-4:30 p.m. – Kansas City Public Library's Central Branch

Gala for North West Haiti », presented by Glory House KC
Saturday, October 26 – 6-9 p.m. – Rockwood Baptist Church

"Leaving": A Documentary on the 1944 Slovak National Uprising », presented by the Czech Slovak Club
Monday, October 28 – 7:15 p.m. – Kingswood Senior Living Community (Kansas City, MO)

KC Latin Music Summit », presented by KKFI 90.1 FM
Saturday, November – 7-11 p.m. – Knuckleheads Saloon

Qatar and Oman Educator Tours », presented by Qatar 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.  


The Peace Journalist
The October, 2019 edition of The Peace Journalist, a semi-annual publication of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri is now available for online flip-through. The Peace Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, stu­dents, and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism. The next edition of The Peace Journalist will be published in April, 2020. Submissions are welcome from all. We seek submissions from 500 to 1500 words, as well as photos. The copy deadline will be March 5, 2020. Please see page 3 of the magazine for more details. Read the newest issue 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