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IRC Newsletter: Conversations on North Korea and Covid in the Developing World

Wednesday, August 19, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Dear Friends,

How'd you do with last week's WorldQuest primer question on the Taoiseach as the head of the government of Ireland? Here's your study question this week, as you and your team of eight prepare for the 2020 WorldQuest trivia night on Thursday, September 17 – In 2006, Naypyidaw became this country’s new capital: (a) Tajikistan; (b) Belarus; (c) Myanmar (Burma); (d)Ethiopia; (e) Mongolia. Think you've got what it takes? Get your teammates ready, and visit the IRC website for more information and to register.

The first week of September will be full of some interesting, timely conversations, and we hope you'll join us as you're able. First, on Tuesday, September 1, join Gayle E. Smith, president and CEO of the ONE Campaign, to explore the connections among global poverty, gender, and race. On Wednesday and Thursday evening that week, we'll be working with other World Affairs Councils to offer a deep dive into Covid's impact on the developing world and the global response. And Thursday will take a close look at North Korea, examining how North Korea views the world and how other powers in the region view the DPRK.

We're excited to share with you other international opportunities happening in the Kansas City area, too, including this weekend's virtual Ethnic Enrichment Festival and Global Ties KC's new Diverse KC initiative. And don't miss next week's International Film Club discussion of the Oscar Award-winning film, Parasite.

Be well, and see you soon,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-897-6474


Women in the World Global Poverty, Gender, & Race
Tuesday, September 1 • 11 a.m.-12 p.m. CT
To help us understand the challenges to global gender equality, especially in-light of Covid-19, the Columbus Council on World Affairs has invited Gayle Smith to lead us in a discussion around this very important topic.

Covid Complexities: A Global Town Hall
Wednesday, September 2 & Thursday, September 3 • 7-8:30 p.m. CT

A group of World Affairs Councils – nationwide, independent, nonpartisan educational organizations – is joining together with an international network of journalists and specialists to organize conversations over the course of two evenings in early September. The goal is to help Americans understand the impact of the pandemic in an interactive program open to all.

North Korea from the Inside Out
Thursday, September 3 • 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. CT

The North Korea: From the Inside Out colloquium will examine the regional security environment from the perspective of North Korea, and then from the remaining countries, which comprise the six party talks

Wednesday, August 19 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

Wednesday, August 26 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

The United Nations
Thursday, August 20 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

Journalist's Safety: Challenges in 2020 
Thursday, September 10 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT

International Trade
Friday, August 21 • 12-1 p.m. CT

International Relations Council
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