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China Town Hall Registration Open

Wednesday, November 6, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Dear friends,

Our next News & Views discussion (next Wednesday, November 13) will focus on current events in Mexico and will be led by seasoned and syndicated journalist Mary Sanchez. We're still pinning down the location, but do sign up if you're interested in joining us – limited space remains. More information on the News & Views discussion group series is available below.

We've just opened registration for the annual CHINA Town Hall, held this year on Monday, November 18. This year's national webcast will be a group discussion moderated by George Stephanopoulos followed by an in-person conversation facilitated by KU Law School Brenneisen Distinguished Professor Raj Bhala. The program is presented in partnership with the World Trade Center–Kansas City, and we're grateful to Dentons US LLP for hosting. Please find registration information below.

Individual tickets for the 2019 Global Honors Evening remain on sale, but not for much longer. We anticipate thoughtful remarks from Amb. Deborah Birx and look forward to recognizing Dr. Sarah Kessler and Swope Health. If you're planning to attend this IRC tradition, we invite you to secure your tickets today ».

Rachel and I are in D.C. this week with other World Affairs Councils from around the country for our national network's annual conference ». Joining us is Park University student Sarah Zitter, who is one of 25 university students from around the country to receive a student scholarship to attend the conference. We look forward to the idea sharing, camaraderie, and connections that this week offers. Jon is in the office if you need anything, or you're most welcome to email.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

This week, the IRC's blog looks at an article written by past IRC speaker and former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey, Ross Wilson, in Many Mistakes Led to Tragedy in Syria »
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 »

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 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
News & Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News
 – Wednesday, November 13 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Location TBD
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 news stories. Join us on November 13 as we discuss current events in Mexico with Mary Sanchez, a nationally syndicated journalist. Read more and register »

Registration Open
2019 CHINA Town Hall
 – Monday, November 18 – 4:30-7:30 p.m. – Dentons US LLP (Plaza)
China's rapid development and Sino-American relations have a direct impact on the lives of nearly everyone in the United States. CHINA Town Hall is a national conversation about China that provides Americans across the United States and beyond the opportunity to discuss issues in the relationship with leading experts. This program features an interactive webcast with four speakers, moderated by George Stephanopoulos, and an on-site discussion facilitated by Raj Bhala. Read more and register »

Registration Closing
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 ».

Women in International Relations », presented by University of Missouri Kansas City Political Science Department
Wednesday, November 6 – 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – Bloch Heritage Hall 12

Gweandhaus Woodwind Quintet », presented by German Embassy Washington and Goethe Pop Up KC
Wednesday, November 6 – 7-10 p.m. – 1900 Building

Free and discounted admission to the National WWI Museum & Memorial
Friday to Monday, November 8-11 – WWI Museum

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

Kansas International Film Festival », presented by the Czech Slovak Club
Monday, November 11 – 5:30 p.m. – Ranch Mart Theaters – Overland Park, KS

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 

RESIST: Free Film Series », presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
Wednesdays – 6 p.m. – Locations Vary 

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


Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas– Multiple Positions
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas has multiple positions open in its Kansas City, Kansas location: Citizenship Education Outreach & Expansion VISTA, Refugee Community Access Specialist VISTA, and Refugee Program Resource Specialist VISTA. All three positions are AmeriCorps VISTA positions housed in Kansas City, Kansas with stipends paid by VISTA. Position details can be found on the following links. Citizenship Education Outreach position details. Refugee Community Access Specialist position details. Refugee Program Resource Specialist program details


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.

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