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Your Plans for After the Super Bowl

Tuesday, January 28, 2020  
Posted by: IRC
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Dear Reader,

Ready for the big game on Sunday? The IRC's new home in Union Station has some unique photo opportunities for diehard fans. If you find yourself in the building, please do stop by to say hi or pick up some Great Decisions materials.

While it's hard to look far beyond the Super Bowl right now, don't forget to check out the calendar below with information about the Berkley Lecture with Middle East Institute President Dr. Paul Salem (Wednesday, February 5) and the Academic WorldQuest competition for area high schools (Wednesday, February 19). Registration for both closes this week. We're in the middle of a large variety of Lunar New Year celebrations right now, as well, so there's fun to be had for the whole family.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director• 816-897-6474


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

Great Decisions briefing books and DVDs have arrived. For more information on Great Decisions discussion groups, including how to order materials, click here. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to Matthew at 816-897-6474.

We have almost a complete set of Great Decisions briefing books from past years in the office! If you have one of these books that you'd like to donate to the IRC's collection –1973, 1977, 1986, 2012 – please contact Matthew.

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 »

This week, the World Citizen Blog is a second look at Iran from the perspective of a Kansas City visitor. For more information about the World Citizen Blog, or to learn how to submit a post of your own, visit the IRC website.

Shahid S. Qadri, retired from Black & Veatch
Shahid brings to the IRC board of directors global experience and relationships built over 46 years in providing engineering, consulting, management and advisory services for planning, development, construction and operation of energy projects in over 35 countries in five continents. He is passionate to bring America and Americans and all the people of the world closer through mutual understanding, respect, and mutually beneficial pursuits and programs.

For Shahid, the IRC matters because it fills a very important role in promoting knowledge and mutual understanding between Americans in the Midwest and international community and leaders vital to the future of our current and future generations in pursuit of cultural, social, human rights, economic, political harmony, and leadership.

Natalie Friend, Global Education Intern
Natalie Friend is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas, where she triple-majored in International Studies, French, and Political Science. Her primary areas of interest are diplomacy and international conflict negotiation. Her regional interest in Northern Africa was inspired by eight years of classroom French and a summer studying abroad in France alongside a year and a half of Modern Standard Arabic and a regional specialization in the Middle East. While at the university, she was heavily involved in residential student leadership initiatives, the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honorary Society, and international student mentorship and outreach programs like the International Culture Team. Natalie has previously interned in Washington D.C. for the Association of Diplomatic Studies & Training, an oral histories nonprofit that works directly with former State Department employees. In her free time this spring, Natalie is looking forward to spending time with her family, exploring her newfound passion for yoga, and studying for the Foreign Service Exam.


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 »

Registration Open
Global Experience
: Closing North American Skies – The People and Stories BehindCome From Away– Tuesday, February 11 – 6-7 p.m. – Little Theatre
Join us before the Kansas City opening night of the Broadway musicalCome From Away for a panel conversation with individuals connected to the stories behind the show. Panelists include Canadian Consul General John Cruickshank; Lt. Gen. Eric “Rick” Findley (RCAF, NORAD’s Director of Operations on September 11); Capt. Beverley Bass, American Airlines’ first female captain; and a cast member from the show. Free and open to the public. RSVP required. Show tickets not included. Read more and register »


Uncertainty with Tariffs & Impacts to Supply Chain Strategy, presented by World Trade Center–Kansas City
Wednesday, January 29 – 8-10 a.m. – KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station)

Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Photography, War, and the Holocaust, presented by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education
Thursday, January 30 – 7 p.m. – KU Edwards Campus

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

2020 Chinese New Year Gala, presented by KCCA
Saturday, February 1 – 4:30-9 p.m. – Carlsen Center (JCCC)

Karen (Burmese) New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 2 – 10 a.m. – National Guard (100 S. 20th St., KCK)

Circle of Knowledge: Bosnia and Herzegovina, presented by Greater KC People to People
Saturday, February 9 – 2-4 p.m. – Central Resource Library (OP) –RSVP

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

Story Slam with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, presented by the KC Area Peace Corps Association
Saturday, March 7 – 6-8:30 p.m. – Nonprofit Village (31 W. 31) –With any questions

Global Business Showcase, presented by Blue Valley CAPS
Tuesday, March 10 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Blue Valley CAPS

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


International Affairs Academic Internship Program
February 11 is the priority deadline for The Fund for American Studies Summer 2020 International Affairs Academic Internship Program in Washington, DC. The TFAS program includes course credit from George Mason University, an engaging internship placement in foreign policy or international affairs, furnished on-campus housing, and professional development and networking activities. In addition to generous partial scholarship awards, the organizers are continuing to award more than 40 full tuition and housing scholarships on a rolling basis. Read more »

Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute
The Foreign Policy Association is seeking high school teachers with demonstrated commitment to international education to take part in its annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute. Teachers chosen will reflect geographically diverse high schools from around the continent and will be chosen on a competitive basis. Join us for four days of strengthening skills in teaching global affairs, exploring ways to expand international studies in the classroom, building professional support networks, and developing International Studies curricula. There is no fee for the program. Read 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 25. Read 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 to