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Volunteers Wanted for IRC Planning Teams

Wednesday, January 8, 2020  
Posted by: IRC
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Dear friends,

One of the most common questions we receive through the year is "How can I get more involved with the IRC?" Over the last few months, we've been working hard to reorganize and expand our volunteer opportunities, and we now have so many ways for you to get involved. You can read all about them, including how to get started, on our IRC Committees & Planning Teams page.

We've added a few more upcoming events to the list below and look forward to seeing you soon. Thanks so much for all you do to support the IRC.

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 are looking for volunteers to support numerous IRC programs and initiatives. Read more on ourIRC Committees & Planning Teams page.

Great Decisions briefing books have arrived; DVDs should be in the office next week. Those who have already ordered materials should have received an email with information on how to receive your books. If you have any questions, don't hesitate toreach out to Matthewat 816-897-6474.

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
News & Views: The Global Impact of Aging Populations – Thursday, January 23 – 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Prospero's Books (Westport)
Join us from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, for the first News & Views conversation of the new year. Melissa Miller, senior manager of the World Trade Center–Kansas City, will facilitate a discussion on the global impact of aging populations. We'll share preparatory materials in advance. To ensure active participation, this program is limited to 15 attendees.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. In January, the Book Club will discussFrom Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russiaby 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 »


Your Fellow Americans Documentary & Discussion, presented by the KC Public Library
Monday, January 13 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Central Library (Downtown)

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)

Chinese New Year celebration, presented by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Sunday, January 26 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Nelson-Atkins

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

National Conventions: On-Site Student Seminar Opportunity
The presidential election is only 10 months away, but the major political parties will first convene in Milwaukee and Charlotte for the National Conventions. The Washington Center's Internship and Academic Seminars program will host two-week academic programs held on-site at both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention. Open to college undergraduate and graduate students, these seminars feature a blend of academic lectures, panel discussions, small group meetings, and site visits. During the week of the conventions themselves, participants will gain hands-on experience through fieldwork assignments; working with political groups, media organizations, or a host committee. Housing is guaranteed in the host city. Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 25Read more »

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


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