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Tamales and Other December Events

Wednesday, November 27, 2019  
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Dear friends,

It was our sincere pleasure to celebrate at the 2019 Global Honors Evening with so many IRC members and friends. Amb. Deborah Birx, Swope Health, and Dr. Sarah Kessler helped us to understand the depth and enduring relevance of global health. Many thanks to our sponsors and volunteers to who made this annual event possible.

As we move into the holiday season, we have just a couple more IRC events in the coming weeks; registration is open for both:

The IRC offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday this Thursday and Friday. In this season of reflection, we hope you know how grateful we are for you and our Kansas City community. Thank you for all the ways, big and small, that you contribute to the work of the IRC throughout the year – we couldn't do this without you. We wish you a beautiful, restful holiday.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director
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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 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 ».

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