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Plenty of News for the New Year

Tuesday, December 31, 2019  
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Dear friends,

We hope that this holiday season has been a time of refreshment and rest with family and friends. At the IRC, we've been preparing some exciting updates for the new year. We're trying out a new format for the newsletter, using the valuable feedback we've received from many of you, and we have a new home at Union Station. We'll have some additional news, and more newsletter updates, to share in the coming weeks, so do stay tuned.

Don't miss the new IRC News section below, and let us know what you think of the new format. All best wishes for a new year filled with promise and possibility. Thank you for your continued support of the International Relations Council.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-897-6474


We've moved! The IRC has a new home and phone number for the new year. Please visit us at Union Station, write us at 30 W. Pershing Road, Suite 201, Kansas City, Missouri 64108, or call us at 816-897-6474. You can always reach us online at

We're hiring! Applications are due this Friday for a full-time program coordinator position, which will develop, implement, and evaluate programs and events; contribute to organizational communications and marketing; serve as an ambassador for the organization in the Kansas City community; and support other IRC initiatives. Please share with individuals you know who might be interested.

We're proud to announce the 2020 Berkley Lecturer: Dr. Paul Salem, president of the Middle East Institute, who will discuss U.S. interests and policy in a turbulent Middle East. Registration is now open on the IRC's website, where you'll also find information about sponsoring this IRC signature event.

Academic WorldQuest, the IRC's annual competition for high schools, is scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, February 19. New this year, schools are welcome to register multiple teams; the winning team from our area will head to Washington, D.C., cost-free for the national tournament. Sign up a school team »


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. In January, the Book Club will discuss From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia by Amb. Michael McFaul. Read more and register »

Sponsorships Available
Berkley Lecture: U.S. Interests and Policy in a Turbulent Middle East – Wednesday, February 5 – 11:30-1:00 – Grand Street Café
The IRC is proud to present Dr. Paul Salem as the 2020 Berkley Lecturer. President of the Middle East Institute, Dr. Salem will present on U.S. interests and policy in a turbulent Middle East. Tickets ($30, students; $40, IRC members; $50, general admission) are available through January 31. Read more and register »


Basic International Humanitarian Law: "Even War Has Rules", presented by the American Red Cross of GKC and NWMO
Monday, January 6 – 12-1 p.m. – American Red Cross (East KC) – Lunch provided – RSVP »

Naturalization Ceremony
Wednesday, January 15 – 11-11:30 a.m. – North Kansas City YMCA

Holiday Brunch and Annual Meeting, presented by the English-Speaking Union
Sunday, January 19 – 12 p.m. – Grand Street Café

How to Put Artificial Intelligence to Work for You, presented by the International Trade Council
Friday, January 24 – 7:30 a.m. – RSM (South Plaza)

13th Annual Peace Builder Award Luncheon, presented by G.A.M.E.
Saturday, February 1 – 11:30-1:00 – Grand Street Café

Open House: Once We Were Refugees & The Tamale Kitchen
Saturday, February 1 – 2-4 p.m. – 5001 Independence Ave., KCMO

Kansas City Shakespeare Competition, presented by the English-Speaking Union
Sunday, February 16 – 2:30 p.m. – Plaza Library

2020 Asian Cultural Festival, presented by MAACA
Saturday, May 30 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Overland Park Convention Center


Lighton International Artist Exchange Program Grants
Calling all artists! Application deadline: February 17, 2020 for travel and residency occurring within the timeframe of March 1, 2020, and February 28, 2021. Max. grant amount: $6,000. LIAEP seeks applications from dedicated artists who create work of exceptional quality and whose work and career are at a level that can benefit from international exchange with peers. Learn more at

Young Artists and Authors Showcase Competition
The Sister City Association of Kansas City (SCAKC) invites Kansas City students to enter the Young Artists and Authors Showcase competition. The 2020 theme is “One World: Out of Many, We Are One.” Deadline for submissions is March 9, 2020. Students should be between 13 and 18 years old on May 1, 2020. Essays and Poems: Essays should be 500 words or less; Poems 200 words or less. Art should be two-dimensional, unframed and no larger than 24 inches x 36 inches. Most media are encouraged: pencil, ink, paint, collage, etc. For more information, write to


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