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Come From Away Panel Next Week

Wednesday, February 5, 2020  
Posted by: IRC
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We're so excited to welcome the champion Chiefs back to Kansas City! The IRC's office in Union Station will be closed on Wednesday as we mark this special celebration 50 years in the making.

We know that many IRC members and friends were looking forward to Dr. Salem's presentation at the 25th Berkley Lecture – no more than we were! Given the crowds and traffic anticipated throughout the day on Wednesday, among a variety of other factors, the difficult decision was made in consultation with Dr. Salem to postpone the event and the accompanying high school visit and other planned engagements. We look forward to announcing a new date and time just as soon as we've finalized details, and we sincerely appreciate your understanding. If you have feedback you'd like to share or have questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to be in touch – we love hearing from you.

By now, most Great Decisions materials should have been delivered. If you are missing materials, please give us a call, and we'll be happy to help.

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 have arrived; DVDs should be in the office this week. 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.

Any chance you're available on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 19? We are looking for volunteers for Academic WorldQuest, the IRC's annual competition for high school students. Please let Matthew know if you're interested in helping from 3:30-8 p.m.

This week, the World Citizen Blog features an article submitted by the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, an IRC organizational member. For more information about the World Citizen Blog, or to learn how to submit a post of your own, visit the IRC website.

Dr. Usha Saha, India Association of Kansas City
Usha Saha represents the India Association of Kansas City. She brings to the IRC board of directors a diversity and relationships with the Indian and Asian community. She is the Ethnic Commissioner representing IAKC and has been associated with the Commission for more than 10 years. She is determined to bring different cultures together and close the gap. Her professional life has no limits in mentoring and educating high school students and preparing them as respected global citizens.

For Usha, the IRC matters because it fills a very important role in opening opportunities in the international community to students and preparing students as dynamic leaders.

Mikayla Elia, Community Intern
Mikayla Elia is currently a junior double-majoring in International Studies and Anthropology at the University of Central Missouri, with an interest in the Middle East. She has been involved and held positions in a variety of programs on campus, including Mule Team, Spotlight, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Mikayla has studied abroad two times: in the Middle East and Alcalá de Henares, Spain. She enjoys traveling, reading, and wakeboarding. She is looking forward to studying abroad in the Middle East again this summer to work on a research project focusing on socially-conscious tourism.


Berkley Lecture: U.S. Interests and Policy in a Turbulent Middle East – postponed, TBA – 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 Behind Come From Away – Tuesday, February 11 – 6-7 p.m. – Little Theatre
Join us before the Kansas City opening night of the Broadway musical Come 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 »


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

NASCO 20/20: North American Vision, Focused Results. A Discussion on USMCA, presented by the International Trade Council
Friday, February 28 – 7:30-9 a.m. – Port KC

Women in International Business, presented by the International Trade Council
Friday, March 6 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Grand Street Cafe

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


2020 Qatar Essay/Video Contest for Undergraduate Students
Open to college and university undergraduate students across the country, the challenge is to submit an 800-word Memorandum OR a 5-minute Video to “Advise the Secretary of State: Measures to Strengthen the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Partnership.” A panel of educators and experts in student exchange programs will judge the entries. The top 10 contestants will win an all-expenses-paid Doha Study Tour this March 13-20! Contest winners will also be eligible for scholarships to attend the WACA 2020 National Conference in Washington, DC on November 18-20, 2020. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 21. Read more »

Call for Papers
The Peace Journalist magazine is seeking submissions for our April 2020 edition. The Peace Journalist is a semi-annual publication (print and .pdf) of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University in Parkville, Missouri. The Peace Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, students, and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism. Submissions are welcome from all. We seek submissions of 500-1100 words about peace media, peace and conflict sensitive journalism projects, and research into peace journalism and media and conflict. Please submit your article via email to Your article must have a strong media/peace and conflict sensitive journalism angle. The Peace Journalist does not run general articles about peace initiatives or projects. The submission deadline is March 2. However, given the limited space available in this issue, it’s advisable to submit your article early. To see copies of the most recent Peace Journalist, and to peruse past issues, click here.

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