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IRC Newsletter: Introducing the International Film Club

Thursday, June 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Dear Evan,

We continue to hear from so many IRC members and friends about the different ways you're finding in the IRC to build bridges, understand the world, and sustain insightful conversations that matter. Thank you, always, for sharing your thoughts and feedback. We take your input seriously and want to know the sorts of opportunities and experiences that are most meaningful to you.

Today, with member feedback in mind, I'm excited to share a new effort to explore international realities and global issues using films of the world and about the world. We know that the arts, and particularly film, have a special ability to transport us to other places, times, and realities and give us insight into the ways and the whys of the world. The IRC’s International Film Club will meet monthly to discuss an award-winning film and the international topics, themes, and issues it raises. Visit our website to learn more about the International Film Club, and, while you're there, sign up for our first discussion on Tuesday, June 30, on Academy Award-winning film Roma.

We appreciate the openness and sharing participants bring to IRC discussion groups, especially the News & Views seriesThis week, we'll be talking about how we can stay engaged in these complicated and rapidly changing times without becoming overloaded. And next week, Consuelo Cruz will help us explore the globalization of art and culture. More information is available below.

All of this is possible thanks to the hard work and contributions of IRC members and friends. If you'd like to get more involved, please do consider becoming a member, and don't hesitate to reach out with ideas. Thanks for all you do to support the IRC.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director• 816-897-6474


Tune in on Friday, June 12 for the INMED 2020 Humanitarian Health Conference.IRC Board Member Kimberly Connelly will be presenting on the topic of International Educational Experiences for Students and Residents. The conference is an educational event with the goal of equipping learners to take the next step in partnering with the world’s most marginalized people.

Balancing Globalization and SelfSufficiency Post-Covid
Wednesday, June 17 • 6-7 p.m. CT
What future does globalization have, and how does the international community balance globalization and self-sufficiency economically, politically, and socially?The IRC will welcome Geoffrey Gertz, Fellow - Global Economy and Development at Brookings Institution as the leader of the program.
($10 suggested donation)

Exercise of Power: American Failures, Successes, and a New Path Forward in the Post-Cold War World
Thursday, June 18 • 4-5 p.m. CT
From the former secretary of defense and author of the acclaimed #1 best-selling memoir, "Duty," comes a candid, sweeping examination of power in all its manifestations, and how it has been exercised, for good and bad, by American presidents in the post-Cold War world. Presented in partnership with World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft. Worth.

Global Experience: Thai Cooking Class
Monday, June 22 • 6-7 p.m. CT
Thai cuisine makes for some of the most inspired and unique dishes in the world. From complex curry dishes to fresh tasting spring rolls, Thai food has developed into one of the most popular cuisines both in the U.S. and abroad. As many of us are still stuck at home, there is no better time to pick up a new recipe or two. IRC member Oay Slaughter will be instructing the cooking of Tom-Kha-Gai (Galangal soup with chicken), while also providing context and history on Thai cuisine and culture.

Innovating Cooperation: Covid, Germany, and the U.S.
Thursday, June 25 • 12-1 p.m. CT
While devastating in many respects, the Covid pandemic has encouraged innovative local solutions and opportunities for international cooperation in numerous sectors. Karl Matthias Klause, Head of the Economic Section (Minister) of the German Embassy in Washington, will offer insight into the German response to Covid and the outlook for transatlantic relations and trade during these uncertain times. Presented by the International Relations Council and theWorld Trade Center–Kansas City in partnership with the Bertelsmann Foundation.
($10 suggested donation)

Immigration, Covid-19, and the U.S. Economy
Thursday, June 25 • 12-1 p.m. CT
Mexican border correspondent and author, Alfredo Corchado will take a deeper look at this issue, the impact on our food supply, and what it actually means to be an essential worker. Presented in partnership with the Columbus Council on World Affairs.

Wednesday, June 17 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

Wednesday, June 24 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

Staying Engaged, Avoiding Overload
Thursday, June 11 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

Globalization of Art
Thursday, June 18 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

Week 4 of 4
Thursday, June 11 • 8-9 p.m. CT

Global Product Sourcing
Friday, June 12 • 12-1 p.m. CT

Military and Strategic Intelligence
Friday, June 19 • 12-1 p.m. CT



What is the Future of International Travel and Tourism?
Wednesday, June 10 • 9-10 a.m. CT
Los Angeles World Affairs Council

Customs & Border Protection 21st Century Framework
Wednesday, June 10 • 10-11:15 a.m. CT
WTC KC & Greater KC Foreign Trade Zone

The U.S. and India: Nationalism, Economics and Covid-19
Thursday, June 11 12-1 p.m. CT
Foreign Policy Association

Cuba in Transition
Thursday, June 11 • 4-5:30 p.m. CT
Colorado Springs World Affairs Council

The Price of Oil in America
Friday, June 12 • 4-5 p.m. CT
World Affairs Council of Dallas/Ft-Worth