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IRC Newsletter: Global Economic Update Next Week

Tuesday, May 12, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evan Verploegh
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Dear Evan,

Thanks to your feedback, our calendar of digital programs is ready through early June with a wide range of topics and themes. You already know about this evening's intro to Hebrew, tomorrow's discussion on COVID's impact on the global wealth gap, and Friday's dive into knowledge, skills, and abilities that help us to work across cultures. You won't want to miss next Thursday's look at the global economy with political economist Marc Chandler, late May'sIndian cooking class Global Experience, or conversations with the U.S. Institute of Peace in late May and early June.

This week we prepare to send offJon Hartnett, IRC membership assistant, as he heads to Washington, D.C., to pursue a master's degree at American University. We've been so grateful for Jon's enthusiastic connection with IRC members and the broader Kansas City community, and we know he'll be a success wherever his journey takes him. You can see a note from Jon below, and we encourage you to drop him a line before he leaves town over Memorial Day weekend. Jon will continue to work remotely with the IRC for the next few weeks, so you'll still be hearing from him. We wish him the very best.

Like you, we were disappointed to have to postpone the fan-favorite WorldQuest global trivia night. While we're still looking forward to seeing teams in person when it's safe to get back together, we're excited to share a new chance to enjoy some friendly competition. We're teaming up with Global Ties KC to challenge Kansas Citians to show off their worldly wisdom. Join us for four weeks of global trivia online on Thursdays from 8-9 p.m. Central time, beginning May 21. Themed around the cardinal directions – north, south, east, and west – each week will bring you a set of 40 new questions. There's no cost to participate, and each week's winner will receive a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Whether you register for one week or all four, the individual with the highest cumulative score after four weeks will go on to represent our area in a national competition for valuable prizes and major bragging rights. Players of all ages welcome!
Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director• 816-897-6474

On Friday, April 24, Wendy Shoemaker, Senior Associate Director of the University of Career Center at University of Kansas exploredjob searching in the age of COVID-19. We invite you to revisit this program, or others, at our IRC Youtube page. As we continue to expand our digital offerings, we will be posting past programs for those who were unable to attend.
While we are still stuck at home, we'd like to refer you to our Social Distancing Resources page on our website. Here we offer resources, activities, and webinars that can offer a global perspective, even when we can't be together in person. For other ways to stay connected, please consider joining an IRC committee or planning team or attending an upcoming virtual event.

Lexicon: Hebrew
Wednesday, May 13 • 6-7 p.m. CT

News & Views: The Widening Social and Wealth Gap
Thursday, May 14 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

International Career Series: Building Skills to Work Across Cultures
Friday, May 15 • 12-1 p.m. CT

Lexicon: Russian
Wednesday, May 20 • 6-7 p.m. CT

The Global Economy: What Can We Reasonably Expect?
Thursday, May 21 • 12-1 p.m. CT

News & Views: Secession Movements
Thursday, May 21 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

Global Trivia
Thursday, May 21 • 8-9 p.m. CT

International Career Series: Global Risk Management
Friday, May 22 • 12-1 p.m. CT

Global Experience: Indian Cooking Class
Tuesday, May 26 • 6-7 p.m. CT

International Cooperation in Responding to Crisis
Wednesday, May 27 • 6-7 p.m. CT

Lexicon: Turkish
Wednesday, May 27 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

COVID and Conflict, Pandemics and Peace: The Road Ahead
Thursday, May 28 • 2-3 p.m. CT

Global Trivia
Thursday, May 28 • 8-9 p.m.

International Career Series: Peace Corps
Friday, May 29 • 12-1 p.m. CT

Competition and Conflict in South Asia
Tuesday, June 2 • 6-7 p.m. CT

Click here for the fullIRCEvent Calendar

We congratulate IRC Membership Assistant Jon Hartnett on his acceptance to American University's graduate program in International Relations this fall. Jon will be leaving Kansas City in the coming weeks and conveys his gratitude and best wishes:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for me but I will be sad to be leaving the IRC. I want to thank everyone in the IRC network for their warm welcome upon my arrival in Kansas City and I have no doubt I will be returning for many visits in the future."


Innovation and Preparation for an Uncertain Future
Wednesday, May 13 • 1-2 p.m. CT
Los Angeles World Affairs Council

Town Hall: Southeast Asia Trade Trends
Wednesday, May 13 • 2-3 p.m. CT
International Trade Council of Greater Kansas City

The Global Refugee Crisis: Migration, Protection & Management
Wednesday, May 13 • 5-6 p.m. CT
World Affairs Council of Greater Houston

The Middle East, North Korea, and Other Global Hotspots
Wednesday, May 13 • 5-6 p.m. CT
World Denver

Artificial Intelligence in the Green Mountains
Wednesday, May 13 • 5-6:30 p.m. CT
Vermont Council on World Affairs

Peacemaking In Our Time
Thursday, May 14 • 10-10:30 a.m. CT
Montana World Affairs Council

Why Is There No Chicken?
Thursday, May 14 • 11-11:45 a.m. CT
World Affairs Council of Atlanta

America Dissected: Homelessness, Incarceration, and COVID-19
Thursday, May 14 • 8:30-9:30 p.m. CT
World Affairs Council of Seattle

Putin’s World: Russia Against the West and With the Rest
Friday, May 15 • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CT
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft-Worth

Driving a Train into a Hospital Ship
Friday, May 15 • 1:30-2:30 p.m. CT
World Affairs Council of Los Angeles

International Relations Council
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