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Announcing the 2019 Local Awardees in Global Health

Wednesday, October 16, 2019  
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Dear friends,

You may have heard that this year's Global Honors Evening, which annually recognizes individuals and organizations for contributions to foreign policy and global affairs, international commerce, or the Kansas City community, will focus on global health. Earlier this year, we announced the event's keynote speaker and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for International Statesmanship, Ambassador Deborah Birx, who has served now in two administrations as Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy.

Now it gives us great pleasure to announce the local awardees who will also be honored that evening for their work. Receiving the Award for Academic Leadership will be Dr. Sarah Finocchario Kessler, PhD, MPH, Associate Professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center. And receiving the Award for Contributions to the Community will be Swope Health, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary. A news release with more information on these awardees is available here ».

We congratulate Dr. Kessler and Swope Health and thank everyone who submitted nominations for these awards. We hope that you will be able to join us for the global health–themed 2019 Global Honors Evening on Thursday, November 21, at the Little Theatre in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Individual tickets are now on sale », and sponsorships are still available. Many thanks to this year's sponsors, including Bill & Lyn Lakin, Cerner Corporation, Garmin International, Heart to Heart International, and Johnson County Community College.

The next few weeks offer some unique opportunities for important international conversations – find information below on a talk on populism and nationalism from a German perspective, a visit from the Pakistani Ambassador to the U.S., and the 2019 Greater Kansas City Peacebuilding Conference. We're also looking for volunteers for the Your Global Future college and career fair on Tuesday, October 29; please email Rachel if you're interested in helping.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
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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 »

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book and meeting in a discussion group to discuss the most critical international issues facing the United States, and the global community, today. A number of groups meet around the KC Metro Area. 2020 Great Decisions Briefing Books are now on sale for $25 ($32 from the Foreign Policy Association), and DVDs are available for $40; both will be delivered in JanuaryLearn more and purchase materials »


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 Closed
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 »

Registration Open
An Evening with H.E. Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. – Wednesday, October 30 – 5:30-8 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station)
Please join us for an evening with H.E. Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United States of America. Details for this program are still being confirmed; please check back for program updates. This program is $25 general admission, $20 IRC Members, and free for Students with RSVP. 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 
IRC Book Club: The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World – Monday, November 11 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Convention 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
2019 Global Honors Evening: Global Health – 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 ».

The Untold Story of America's Efforts to Save the Jews of Europe », presented by Midwest Center for Holocaust Education Inc. 
Thursday, October 17– 7 p.m. – Jewish Community Campus – Lewis and Shirley White Theatre – RSVP at 

 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

Alibaba Build Up », presented by the World Trade Center Kansas City
Tuesday, October 22 – 8 a.m.-12 p.m. – WeWork

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)

Fiesta de la Independencia Panameña », presented by the Panamanian Society of Greater Kansas City
Sunday, November 3 – 2-6 p.m. – Roeland Park Community Center

Mizzou Speaker Series », presented by the World Trade Center Kansas City
Tuesday, November 5 – 6:30 p.m. – Union Station – Chamber Board Room 

KC Arirang - Korean Traditional Festival », presented by Korean American Society of Greater Kansas City
Friday, November 8 - Sunday, November 10 – Locations Vary

2019 Civility Awards Breakfast », presented by Consensus
Friday, November 8 – 7:30-9 a.m. – Grand Street Cafe

KC Latin Music Summit », presented by KKFI 90.1 FM
Saturday, November 9 – 7-11 p.m. – Knuckleheads Saloon

 Global Entrepreneur Week », presented by the World Trade Center Kansas City
Monday,  November 18 - Friday, November 22 – 18th & Vine 

How to Avoid the Perils of International Trade », presented by the International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City
Friday, November 22 – 7:30-9 a.m. – Commerce Bank (1000 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Missouri)

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.  


Bridging the Gap
Speak multiple languages? Bridging the Gap, an interpreter training program, begins on Nov. 7 and continues for a total of six Thursdays, ending Dec. 19. The class is held at JVS, from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Contact Catherine Anderson: 816-629-8908, or for info and an application.

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