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China Town Hall on Monday

Wednesday, November 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Dear friends,

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Monday's Book Club discussion on global health. The book is a perfect precursor to next week's Global Honors Evening with Ambassador Deborah Birx. Remember that today is the last day to purchase tickets, so do sign up if you haven't already. And we've just announced the next Book Club selection for January – see below for more information.

There are a few spots still available for this evening's News & Views conversation on current events in Mexico facilitated by nationally syndicated journalist Mary Sanchez. This small-group discussion is a perfect way to learn more about the IRC and meet other IRC members and friends. Find more information below.

Join us next week for another timely program – the annual CHINA Town Hall. KU Law School Professor Raj Bhala will facilitate a conversation on U.S.-China relations following a nationally webcast panel conversation moderated by George Stephanopoulos. Dentons (Plaza area) will be our hosts for this program put on in conjunction with the World Trade Center–Kansas City.

Do you like to write? We're always looking for authors for posts to the World Citizen Blog ». Take a look at some frequently asked questions » to learn more about what goes into a blog post and how to submit it.

Team signups for the Academic WorldQuest competition for high school students (Wednesday, February 19) are now open. We'd love to have at least one team participating from every area high school; if we don't have a team from your favorite area school, please help us to connect. You can find more information on the competition, including the registration form, on the IRC website ». Big thanks to Blue Valley West, Lincoln Prep, and Shawnee Mission North for being early registrants!

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

The blog is on a break this 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.

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 »


Limited Space Remaining

News & Views: Community Conversations on the Latest International News – Wednesday, November 13 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
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 »

Registration Open
IRC Book Club: From Cold War to Hot Peace – Tuesday, January 28, – 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 »

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 ».

Theater Performance: "America" based on the novel by Franz Kafka », presented by Goethe Institute
Thursday, November 14 – 7-10 p.m. – Greenwood Social Hall 

Musical Performance: Gamelan Genta Kasturi », presented by the Kansas City Public Library
Saturday, November 16 – 1-3 p.m. – Helzberg Auditorium in the KC Library – Central Branch

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

Science Matters Brown Bag Forum: All Maps are Lies », presented by the Linda Hall Library, Kansas City Public Library, and the Missouri Humanities Council
Wednesday, November 20 – 12-1 p.m. – Helzberg Auditorium of KC Library – Central Branch

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)

The Prayer Flag Project », presented by the Jewish Community Center
Monday, December 2 – 7 p.m. – Jewish Community Center - Social Hall 

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