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February 15, 2017: Berkley Lecture on North Korea April 4

Wednesday, February 15, 2017  
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Dear friends,

Based on the availability of a remarkable speaker, we've moved the Berkley Lecture forward a few months this year. We hope you can join us on Tuesday, April 4, for a lunch program on North Korea featuring Brookings Senior Fellow Evans Revere. Mr. Revere has extensive experience in negotiations with North Korea and served as deputy chief of the U.S. team negotiating with the DPRK and as the U.S. government’s primary day-to-day liaison with North Korea. Tickets are now available; please see below for more information and invite others you know who might be interested.

Before then, we're looking forward to seeing many of you at the IRC's New Office Open House on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 28. If you haven't already done so, please do register (information below) to help us with preparations.

If you or someone in your Great Decisions group still needs a book, we have a few left in the office; please just let us know. We'll be opening registration for WorldQuest, the IRC's annual adult trivia night on April 26, in the coming days. There are numerous events being offered by area organizations, including a presentation on U.S.-Japan relations in the Trump Administration, as well; please see the calendar below for more information.

Kind regards,
Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-423-2632

Weekly World News Digest
Each week, the World Affairs Councils of America publishes a digest of news stories covering topics from around the world. This week's edition focuses on government, military, and economic outlook on Asia; NAFTA; U.S. relations with the Middle East; economics in Venezuela; and politics and military in Africa. Read more here »

Help Us Get to Know Our Members
IRC members are remarkable individuals and organizations who bring considerable international experience, connections, and curiosity to our network and offer unique perspectives and contributions – in some cases, for decades! To help members get to know one another and to celebrate our members' many efforts, we'd like to start highlighting individual and organizational members in the IRC newsletter and on the website. If you know someone who deserves the spotlight, or if you wish to share your own story, please submit this form ». We look forward to getting to know our IRC members!

Meet the IRC Board
Kelli Stout – Husch Blackwell
Kelli is an attorney with a passion for international politics. Kelli focuses her practice on immigration law, working with U.S. and international businesses, colleges and universities, and health care organizations to assist them in hiring and maintaining foreign national talent in the U.S. She also counsels foreign national investors and entrepreneurs seeking immigration status in the U.S. to run their businesses. As part of her pro bono practice, Kelli regularly counsels on asylum cases and works on behalf of immigrant children.

For Kelli, the IRC matters because Kansas City’s economy and growth is becoming increasingly tied to global affairs. The IRC provides a link between our community to the world, offering insight to those important events that affect businesses, organizations, and individuals here in Kansas City.

Meet the IRC's Spring 2017 Interns

Elle Hewitt, Membership Intern
Elle Hewitt will graduate this spring with her master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri–Kansas City, where she is treasurer of the Public Administration Student Association. Elle is very interested in increasing public awareness of international affairs and plans to use her skills in research and analytics to enhance the membership framework at IRC. After graduation she hopes to be involved in either domestic or international health policies. Elle loves to travel and experience new cultures and takes every chance possible to spend time overseas. Ask her about her most recent trip to Portugal.

Upcoming IRC Events

IRC Member Benefit
The U.S., Ukraine, and Russia's Western Ambitions
 – Tuesday, February 21 – 1 p.m. – via conference call
Anne Applebaum, Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics Institute of Global Affairs, will discuss "The U.S., Ukraine and Russia's Western Ambitions." Applebaum is a journalist and historian with a particular expertise in the history of communism and the experience of post-communist "democratization" in the Soviet Union and central Europe. At LSE's Institute of Global Affairs, she will run ARENA, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda, and build the Transformation Lab, a program focused on the political and economic transformation of individual countries. She writes a biweekly foreign affairs column for the Washington Post and is the author of several books, including Gulag: A History, which won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction, and Iron Curtain, which won the 2013 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature and was nominated for a National Book Award. Applebaum is featured in a short 15-minute documentary about the Holodomor, the genocidal famine in Ukraine engineered by the USSR's Joseph Stalin. The call comes days before the first Hollywood-style feature film set during the Holodomor, Bitter Harvest, will be in theaters on Feb. 24. The call is open to current individual and organizational members of the IRC as a benefit of membership; please contact Matthew » for call-in information.

IRC New Office Open House – Tuesday, February 28 – 4-6 p.m. – IRC
Please join IRC members and friends as we introduce the IRC's new office to the community on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 28. We'll begin at 4:00 with a ribbon cutting by the KC Chamber and tours of the historic Cosby Building and then head downstairs to Milwaukee Deli for refreshments and networking. Whether you're a longtime IRC supporter or are just learning about the organization, we hope you'll join us for an enjoyable afternoon. The event is free, but reservations are requested for planning purposes. Register here »

High-School Students – Registration Closed
Academic WorldQuest
 for high-school students – Saturday, March 4 – 12-4 p.m. – Shawnee Civic Centre
(Please note that this event is for high-schoolers only.) Each year, teams of high-schoolers from around the Kansas City metro area come together for a friendly competition of global knowledge, hoping to represent our region at the national tournament in late April. Please join the International Relations Council for the 2017 Academic WorldQuest on Saturday, March 4, at the Shawnee Civic Centre. We encourage each area high school to register one team of four students and a faculty moderator for this cost-free competition. The winning team will be rewarded with an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the national tournament!

Registration Now Open
2017 Berkley Lecture: Ten Things You Need to Know About North Korea – Tuesday, April 4 – 11:30 a.m. – Grand Street Café
The IRC is proud to present Evans Revere as the 2017 Berkley Lecturer. A senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, former president/CEO of the Korea Society, and longtime diplomat, Mr. Revere will present ten things you need to know about North Korea. Recent events, including a new ballistic missile test and the death of Kim Jong Un's half-brother, make an understanding of North Korea essential in the first hundred days of the Trump Administration. Tickets ($30, students; $38, IRC members; $45 general admission) are available through March 31Read more and register »

Save the Date
WorldQuest Trivia Night – Wednesday, April 26 – evening program – UMKC's Pierson Auditorium
We'd love to see you for this perennial IRC favorite where teams compete in rounds of current events and global knowledge for bragging rights, a rotating trophy, and fabulous prizes. More details to come.

Teachers Wanted: Great Decisions Summer Institute
The Foreign Policy Association seeks high-school teachers with demonstrated commitment to international education to take part in its annual Great Decisions Teacher Training Institute, June 26-30 in New York City. Teachers chosen will reflect diverse geographic and demographic high schools from around the continent and will be chosen on a competitive basis. Join for three days of strengthening skills in teaching global affairs, exploring ways to expand international studies in the classroom, building professional support networks, and developing International Studies curricula. Teachers accepted to the institute pay no fee for the program, accommodations, or meals; participants will also receive a reimbursement of up to $300 for travel expenses. Applications are due by Friday, March 31. If you do apply, please let Matthew know » so we can track interested teachers from our area. More information »

Call for Papers and Podcast Clips: Peace Journalism
The Peace Journalist magazine of the Center for Global Peace Journalism at Park University is seeking submissions for its April 2017 edition. The Peace Journalist is dedicated to disseminating news and information for and about teachers, students, and practitioners of peace and conflict sensitive journalism. The center is also collecting submissions for a related podcast. Submissions are welcome from all. For more information, please visit the Center's website » or contact Professor Steve Youngblood ». Deadlines are February 20 (podcast) and March 7 (journal).

Call for Papers: Ukrainian Studies
On April 22, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas will host Platforma, the first Ukrainian Studies Graduate Student Conference. This inaugural conference aims to facilitate meetings, collaborations, and the exploration of new ideas among graduate students working on Ukraine from any discipline. The Center would like to invite all interested graduate students who would like to participate to submit an abstract. We are accepting proposals for paper presentations, roundtables, and discussion panels through February 24, 2017More information »

Employers Wanted for Career Fair
UMKC Career Services is hosting an International Student Career Fair on Wednesday, March 1, 2017Although the career fair is focused toward international students, all students are invited to participate. This event will provide an opportunity for UMKC students to explore the international and local employment opportunities offered by attending employers. There is a $300 registration fee for companies. For more information, or if your company would be interested in participating, please contact Janet Dexter at 816.235.1221 or by e-mail » to learn how to register. The deadline for registration and booth payment is February 23.

Great Decisions
Great Decisions groups give internationally minded individuals throughout the metro area an opportunity to connect as they explore topics of global significance. Groups affiliated with the IRC set a regular meeting time and location, often over a meal, and use materials prepared by the Foreign Policy Association to lead dynamic discussions. More information about the Great Decisions program, including how to order materials and where and when groups meet, is available here ». Topics for 2017 include the Future of Europe, Trade and Politics, Conflict in the South China Sea, Saudi Arabia in Transition, U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum, Latin America’s Political Pendulum, Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Nuclear Security.

IRC Program Suggestion Box
Have an idea for an IRC topic, program, or speaker? We'd love to hear from you! Please complete this form » as often as ideas come to you, and share it with others who might be interested. We may contact you for more information, and you may see your idea in a future IRC program or publication.

Other International Events in Kansas City
Does your business or organization have an upcoming event that could be of interest to IRC members? To have your event considered for inclusion in future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

The Homefront in World War I », presented by the Dole Institute of Politics
Thursday, February 16 – 7 p.m. – Dole Institute (Lawrence)

Marwa Africana Lecture: “Is Africana Leadership Dead?" presented by the KU Department of African & African-American Studies
Thursday, February 23 – 7 p.m. – Big 12 Room, Kansas Union, KU (Lawrence)

Business Speakers Event: Japan & the U.S. », hosted by the Heart of America Japan-America Society
"Connecting Markets East & West" and "U.S.-Japan Relations in the Transition to the Trump Presidency"
Monday, February 27 – 6 p.m. – Plaza Branch, Kansas City Public Library

Innovative Businesses Brewing Up International Markets », presented by the World Trade Center–Kansas City
Monday, March 6 – 4-5:30 p.m. – Boulevard Brewing Company

Girls, Women, and International Education », presented by American Association of University Women
Tuesday, March 14 – 6-8 p.m. – National Archives

A Photo Album of Ireland », presented by the Kansas City Public Library
On display January 28 to March 16 – Central Library

Faith, Food, and Our Future Together », presented by the Greater Kansas City Interfaith Council
Tuesday, May 9 – 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

International Volunteer Opportunities in Kansas City
Do you know of a volunteer opportunity that would allow IRC members to work with individuals from a variety of countries and cultures or that focuses on international topics or global issues? To have the opportunity considered for inclusion in future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

Share Career Stories with Students – various schools and dates
Career Jumping », a PREP-KC program, is a fast-paced career exploration experience (set up like speed-dating) where professionals talk with 3-5 students in six-minute increments to share their career stories. Unless otherwise noted, PREP-KC is seeking volunteers from Arts, Communications, Health, Human Services, Business, IT, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Trades, and other related fields for all Career Jumping events. Dates include:

  • Thursday, Feb. 16 from 8:15am-11:15am for all 6th graders at Central Middle School.
  • Wednesday, April 5 from 8:15am-11:00am for all 8th graders at Northwest Middle School.
  • Wednesday, April 26 from 8:00am-11:00am for all 8th graders at Coronado Middle School.

Volunteer to Host a Dinner/Lunch Guest – international students from KU
In an effort to show a spirit of welcome to students no matter their nationality, KU's Office of International Programs is seeking volunteers to host international students from KU for a meal. Since it may not be convenient for some students to get to Kansas City, please consider inviting a student to lunch or dinner if you will be in the Lawrence area. For more information, please ».

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