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Wednesday, November 20, 2019  
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Dear friends,

Heartfelt thanks to Dentons law firm, Professor Raj Bhala, and the World Trade Center–Kansas City – as well as our well-informed and engaged audience members – for a memorable CHINA Town Hall! Attendees participated in meaningful conversations on the balance of trade, recent events in Hong Kong, and humanitarian concerns, among many other topics, and we appreciated the chance to bring together so many different perspectives.

We're finalizing preparations for the visit of Ambassador Deborah Birx and tomorrow's 2019 Global Honors Evening, which will also honor Dr. Sarah Kessler and Swope Health. If you weren't able to register but would still like to attend, we do have a very limited number of tickets still available for sale – please drop us a line » and let us know. Thanks again to our sponsors, Bill & Lyn Lakin, Cerner Corporation, Garmin International, Heart to Heart International, Johnson County Community College, KU Medical Center Office of International Programs, KU Medical Center School of Health Professions, Cyprienne Simchowitz & Jerry White, Swope Health, and Truman Medical Centers.

We love bringing together and supporting an internationally minded community in Kansas City through all sorts of programs throughout the year, but there's an exciting new way to connect with the IRC – our mobile app! Thanks to the generous support of an underwriter, the IRC has developed this platform to keep you updated on upcoming programs, discussion groups, volunteer needs, and other ways to get involved. Please check it out here on Apple » and here on Android », and let us know what you think!

We've just opened registration for two December programs you won't want to miss:

  • A hands-on Global Experience with Kansas City's own Tamale Kitchen – a perfect way to combat the chilly weather – on Monday, December 9
  • A conversation with exiled Venezuelan mayor David Smolansky – rescheduled from October – on Tuesday, December 10

Registration is open for both below. See you soon!

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
 • 816-423-2632

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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 Closed
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
Global Experience: The Tamale Kitchen – Monday, December 9 – 6-8 p.m. – Northeast KCMO
Global Experience programs give participants of all ages, interests, and backgrounds the chance to explore how international Kansas City is while answering two key questions – What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it? Join the women of Kansas City's own Tamale Kitchen for this special hands-on introduction to the culture, assembly, and enjoyment of traditional tamales – a holiday staple. Space is limited; includes dinner. Read more and register »

Rescheduled from October
Where Does Venezuela Go from Here? – Tuesday, December 10 – 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 12 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: 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 ».

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 

Film Screening: Listopad: Power in Peaceful Protest », presented by the Czech and Slovak Club of Greater Kansas City, Missouri Humanities Council, National Endowment for the Humanities
Tuesday, December 3 – 6 p.m. – KC Public Library - Plaza Branch

Russian-American Business Chamber Networking Event », presented by the Russian House of Kansas City
Thursday, December 5 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Lenexa City Hall 

Turkic Food and Art Festival », presented by the Dialogue Institute of Kansas City
Saturday, December 14 – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. – Dialogue Institute of Kansas City

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 ».


GAME Peace Builder Nominations 
Global and Mulicultural Education (GAME) invites you to submit a nomination for their 13th annual Peace Builder Award, scheduled on Saturday, February, 1, 2020. This event recognized one individual and one organization who have demonstrated long-term contributions to peace building efforts within our community. To access the registration form please visit , click Upcoming Events. If you have any questions, please contact Nomination Deadline is December 18, 2019.

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