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March 8, 2017: Academic WorldQuest Results Announced

Wednesday, March 8, 2017  
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Dear friends,

What a wonderful showing of global knowledge at the 13th annual Academic WorldQuest competition on Saturday! Students representing 13 schools from around the KC metro area competed in ten rounds on topics ranging from the EU to women in technology. Volunteers Jeremiah Boehr, Brian Gordon, Nina Hajda, Jane Waggoner, and Mike Wood and IRC interns Angela Lanza and Keyontae Richardson offered wonderful support. By the end, Washburn Rural High School (Topeka), coached by Lindsey Dowell, had taken first place and will head to Washington, D.C., in late April for the national competition. Blue Valley North took second, Rockhurst High School placed third, and Van Horn High School was honored as the most enthusiastic team. Congratulations to all the students and coaches, and good luck to our friends from Topeka!

Academic WorldQuest 2017's first-place team from Washburn Rural High School with coach Lindsey Dowell

Please join us on Wednesday, April 26, for WorldQuest, our annual global trivia night for adults. We've invited the winning team from Academic WorldQuest to join us so we can give them an IRC sendoff to the national competition later that week. We'll have registration open soon!

On Monday of this week, Lyn Lakin (2017 board president) and I had the pleasure of meeting with former IRC board presidents whose experience with IRCleadership spans 25 years. We're so glad to have these dynamic individuals – and those past presidents who weren't able to join us – involved with the IRC. As a community organization, the IRC relies on its members and friends to give life to the remarkable efforts we undertake. Thank you for being part of this community.

IRC presidents at Monday's luncheon

As you may know, the IRC is the Kansas City affiliate of the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) », a nationwide network of more than 90 councils in 40 states. Both at the WACA conference in November and through ongoing conversations with other councils, I've seen the fantastic work of councils around the country. To take advantage of the network's knowledge and experience, today I'll be heading to one of our fellow councils in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for a few days of observation, idea sharing, and collaborative thinking. If you need anything, the easiest way to be in touch will be through e-mail ». I'll be able to return any phone calls early next week.

Networking at Burns & McDonnell (Wednesday, March 22) and the Berkley Lecture (Tuesday, April 4) will be here before we know it. Please do register if you haven't already. We look forward to seeing 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 U.S. foreign policy, North Korean tensions, politics and economics of the Arab World, the future of Russia, politics in Israel, and Latin American government. 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
Carrie Sherer – Black & Veatch
Carrie Sherer serves as a member of the Government Affairs team at Black & Veatch. Working collaboratively with industry stakeholders, association partners, she builds relationship with government leaders at a global, national, and local level to monitor policies that affect Black & Veatch.

For Carrie, the IRC matters because it helps companies like ours connect to the diplomatic community around the world.


 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

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 »

Registration Open Soon
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 IRCnewsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

Executive Orders, Immigration, & Refugees, presented by the KU Center for Global & International Studies
Thursday, March 9 – 3:30-5 p.m. – Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union (KU)

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

Death, Forensic Science, and Reuniting Families », presented by the Linda Hall Library
Thursday, March 16 – 7-8 p.m. – Linda Hall Library

Empowering Women with Water », presented by the United Nations Association of Greater KC
Thursday, March 23 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral

Annual Meeting of the Czech & Slovak Club of Kansas City »
Sunday, March 26 – 2-4:30 p.m. – Will and Grail Agency

Diplomatic Ball », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission
Saturday, April 8 – 6 p.m. – Downtown Marriott

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)

The First 90 Days of Trump », presented by the KC Chamber
Friday, April 28 – 7:30-9 a.m. – InterContinental Hotel

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
FREE tickets available to IRC members (E-mail Matthew »)

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

KU School of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures Convocation
Friday, September 1 – 3:30-6 p.m. – Kansas Union Ballroom (KU)

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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