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IRC Newsletter: Coronavirus Impacts on March 11

Wednesday, February 26, 2020  
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As we get ready to welcome March next week, we're also preparing for two exciting events. The rescheduledBerkley Lecture with Dr. Paul Salem, president of the Middle East Institute, will take place over lunch on Tuesday, March 3. Registration is available through the end of this week for this program on U.S. interests and policy in a turbulent Middle East. Later in the week, join us on Thursday for an open house at the IRC's new offices in Union Station.

IRC committees and planning teams are up and running for the new year! Please do let us know if you're interested in joining one – it's a great way to get to know the IRC and other IRC members, as well as to give back to the community. Shorter-term volunteer opportunities are available on the website, as well.

Please check out the IRC and community calendars below, and we'll look forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director• 816-897-6474


Keep Up to Date with a Spring Full of Events
From our Berkley Lecture on Tuesday, March 3, to a March 11 program on the Emerging Impacts of the Coronavirus, to a May 7 when we'll be joined by Dr. Linda Godwin for International Cooperation in Space, there are many opportunities to explore different parts of the world with our upcoming events. We can't give enough thanks to our members, volunteers, Board of Directors, program partners and event attendees for allowing us to continue to grow.

March 5 Open House
Remember that we'll be opening our doors on the second floor of Union Station to the public on March 5 for an Open House. Come see our new offices, and enjoy some refreshments, all while learning about what the IRC has in store future.

Volunteer with the IRC
We could not do what we do without the help of our volunteers. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, click here, or feel free to reach out to IRC Program Coordinator Evan Verploegh.

Contribute to our World Citizen Blog
Each week on our website, we feature a blog post submitted from the public. The World Citizen Blog looks to illuminate Kansas City's connection to the rest of the world by sharing first-hand experiences. We ask blog posts to be roughly 500 words, and pictures are always appreciated. Click here to read past blog posts, or submit your own.


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 leaders.

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.

Click here to learn more about our Board of Directors.


2020 Berkley Lecture: U.S. Interests and Policy in a Turbulent Middle East
Tuesday, March 3 - 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. - Grand Street Cafe

IRC Open House
Thursday, March 5 - 3:30-6:00 p.m. - Union Station (Second Floor)

The Emerging Impacts of the Coronavirus
Wednesday, March 11 - 7:30-9 a.m. - KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station)

Global Experience: Tasting Taiwanese Cuisine
Wednesday, March 11 - 6:30-8 p.m. - ASO Sushi

European Union 20/20
Thursday, March 26 - 5:45-7:45 p.m. - Husch Blackwell

WorldQuest 2020
Thursday, April 2 - 6-9 p.m. - UMKC's Pierson Auditorium

Security Conference: North Korea from the Inside
Monday, April 20 - Tuesday, April 21 - Kauffman Center Foundation Conference Center

Taking Tea with the Dragon: Ambassador in Beijing
Wednesday, May 6 - 5:45-7:45 p.m. - Polsinelli Conference Room

International Cooperation in Space
Thursday, May 7 - 7-8 p.m. - Linda Hall Library


February KNOW NOW: Colombian Presidential Advisor Felipe Muñoz, presented by WACA
Wednesday, February 26 - 2-2:30 p.m. - Teleconference

The Curse of Geography,presented by UMKC Political Science Department
Friday, February 28 - 10 a.m. - Katz Hall 209

Fifth Annual Women in International Business, presented by International Trade Council of Kansas City
Friday, March 5 - 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Grand Street Cafe.

Revolution, Spanish civil war, and exile in the life of Spanish muralist Luis Quintanillapresented bySevilla Committee - KC Sister City Association
Saturday, March 6 - 5-7:30 p.m. - Miller Nichols 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


Click here to visit the Kansas City International Calendar

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