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March 1, 2017: March 22 Networking Hour and Internships Available

Wednesday, March 1, 2017  
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Dear friends,

It was such a pleasure to welcome so many of you to the IRC's new office yesterday for our open house. We were honored by the presence of KC Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner, representatives from the KC Chamber of Commerce, members of the IRC's board of directors, and longtime IRC members and friends. After words of welcome and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, we adjourned to Milwaukee Deli for refreshments and networking. A lucky guest, Cherie Figgins, had her business card drawn and has won a complimentary seat at the April 4 Berkley Lecture. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us; if we missed you yesterday, please know that you're most welcome to stop by anytime!

Pictured are Greater Kansas City Chamber Senior Director of Membership David Pruente,
KC Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner, IRC Executive Director Matthew Hughes, and IRC Board President Lyn Lakin.

This week – on Saturday at the Shawnee Civic Centre – we'll also hold the IRC's annual Academic WorldQuest tournament for area high-schoolers. Approximately 15 schools will come together to compete for the right to represent our region at the national tournament at the end of April. Volunteer opportunities for this program are still available.

To help shine a light on our community partners, we are launching a new series of networking hours with our corporate members. These events will give employees of partner organizations the chance to learn about the IRC and allow members of the IRC network, like you, to learn about the international work of these organizations. We'll kick off the series on Wednesday, March 22, at Burns & McDonnell. All are welcome; do see below for important details.

April will be a wonderful month with both the 2017 Berkley Lecture and WorldQuest trivia night for adults. We hope to see you at one or both!

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 developments on Syria and the war on ISIS, water wars, economics and elections (UK after Brexit), presidential elections in Europe, U.S.-Mexico relations, and the importance of U.S.-African relations. 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
Cyprienne Simchowitz, Secretary – Honorary Consul of the French Republic
Cyprienne Simchowitz was born and raised in Paris, France, and has lived in Kansas City since 1983. She is a lawyer both in France and the US, practicing in Kansas City in the field of cross-border transactions, as well as the principal of Paris on the Plains, LLC, an international business consulting firm seeking to connect European and US companies. Cyprienne is the French Honorary Consul for Western Missouri and Kansas.
For Cyprienne, the IRC matters because it is a unique forum for people interested in the world to share knowledge and ideas.

IRC Seeks Summer and Fall Interns
Internship applications for summer and fall 2017 are now being accepted. If you are a current undergraduate or graduate student who is passionate about understanding the world and contributing to meaningful local conversations that bring a global perspective to our community, we'd love to talk with you! The IRC may have an internship available that will give you valuable experience in the nonprofit sector, supplement your studies, and put your professional skills to use. For internship descriptions and application instructions, please click here ». Please note that applications for both summer and fall should be received no later than Friday, March 17.

Upcoming IRC Events

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!

IRC Networking Hour – Wednesday, March 22 – 5-6:30 p.m. – Burns & McDonnell
The IRC is launching a new series of networking hours to give IRC members and friends the chance to get to know each other and the work of the IRC's organizational partners. We'll begin in March with a visit to Burns & McDonnell, an engineering, architecture, and consulting firm with a range of domestic and international projects. We'll provide a brief introduction to Burns & McDonnell and the IRC as well as refreshments and plenty of time for networking. All are invited, but registration is requested. Read more and register »

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 »

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.

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

Mexico, the Heartland, and NAFTA, presented by the Kansas Dept. of Commerce, the Mexican Consulate, and KU
Tuesday, April 18 – 4:00 p.m. – Capital Federal Hall (KU)

2017 Mid-America Asian Cultural Festival », presented by MAACA
Saturday, April 29 – 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Olathe East High School

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

Kansas International Film Festival »
November 3-9

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:

  • 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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