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IRC Newsletter: Fall Programming Update

Wednesday, August 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Dear Friend,

We were saddened to learn of the recent passing of dear IRC member and friend to many, Dr. Janet Baird. At its heart, the IRC is a community: we love to celebrate good news and achievements, but we mourn our shared losses as well. Whether you knew Janet or not, do take a minute to read below about her life well lived and remember that you, too, matter to our IRC community.

Over the last few months, despite our separation, we've so enjoyed the chance to share with you a wide range of digital presentations, discussion groups, and experiences. As we prepare for the fall, we wanted to make sure you were ready to take fullest advantage of additional upcoming opportunities. While we've elected to put the 2020 Global Honors Evening on hold and look forward to next year, please do check out the following:

• The Choices Election Issues series on Tuesday evenings, beginning  September 8 on tariffs and trade
•The rescheduled WorldQuest trivia night on Thursday evening,  September 17
• The digital Your Global Future college and career fair for high school students in  mid-October
• And a growing list of other chances to plug into the world

Are you wondering about the answer to last week's WorldQuest teaser, by the way? Naypyidaw is the new capital of Myanmar (Burma)!

Thank you for the many ways in which you support our IRC community.

Kind regards,

Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-897-6474


Janet R. Baird, a life-long resident of Kansas City and longtime IRC member and former board member, passed away August 9, 2020 from Glioblastoma. She was a graduate of Shawnee Mission East and received her degrees, including a PhD, from the University of Kansas and was a Fulbright Scholar. Janet was a kind and gifted person, cherished for her good and loving heart. She was also a dedicated educator, and was named the IRC's "Educator of the Year" at the 1995 Global Honors Evening.

The IRC community extends our sincere condolences and peaceful wishes to Janet's family and friends. Click here to read more about Janet.


Covid Complexities: A Global Town Hall
Wednesday, September 2 & Thursday, September 3 • 6-7 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 26 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT

Lexicon: K'iche' Maya
Wednesday, September 16 • 7-7:45 p.m. CT
Journalist Safety
Thursday, September 10 • 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT
Honorary Diplomats
Thursday, September 17 • 2-3 p.m. CT
International Relations Council
816-897-6474 •