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March 15, 2017: Internships Closing, Networking Hour, and Program for Students

Wednesday, March 15, 2017  
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Dear friends,

Santa Fe showcased beautiful weather and a vibrant international community during my visit last week to their Council on International Relations – one of more than 90 sister World Affairs Councils around the U.S. Time spent with staff and members produced numerous ideas for programs and council initiatives, and I look forward to sharing them with you in the coming months.

We're fortunate to have a busy few weeks ahead. We've just added a Tuesday (March 21) conference call for IRC members with Jim Schoff, senior fellow in the Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and we're looking forward to seeing many members of the community at Wednesday's(March 22) networking hour at Burns & McDonnell. Registration instructions for both are below.

We've also just added a unique opportunity for students and teachers from high schools and universities. Mr. Evans Revere – East Asia expert, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in DC, and former primary day-to-day liaison with the government of North Korea – will be in Kansas City, and we've set up a special presentation just for students and teachers on Monday, April 3. The program is free to attend. Mr. Revere will be speaking the next day at the IRC's annual Berkley Lecture. Details on both events are below.

If you're a college student or graduate student – or if you know one – who would benefit from an internship with the IRC in the summer or fall, please note that applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday. In the next few days, we'll share information with you on additional springtime opportunities with the IRC, so please do stay tuned.

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, the countdown to Brexit, Turkey vs. the world, the war in Syria, and the ousting of Park. 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

Gino Serra – Bryan Cave LLP
Gino is a corporate attorney who focuses on for-profit and nonprofit clients in the life sciences industry. In addition, he assists clients in cross-border transactions with Italy, having worked and lived in Italy. He speaks fluent Italian and is the Honorary Vice Consul of Italy in Kansas City.

For Gino, the IRC matters because awareness and understanding of global affairs is critical to the economic, intellectual, and cultural success and growth of the Greater Kansas City Region.


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

IRC Member Benefit
The U.S., Japan, and Asia
 – Tuesday, March 21 – 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visits East Asian capitals this week, following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's golf summit with President Donald Trump, and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' trip to Japan and South Korea in February. WACA presents a briefing by Jim Schoff, senior fellow in the Asia Program at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, on the U.S.-Japan alliance, North Korea's nuclear threat, and security and economic challenges from China and the region. This call is available for members of the IRC; please contact Matthew » if you would like to participate.

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 »

For Students and Teachers (High Schools and Universities)
Berkley Lecture Student Event: East Asia Expert Evans Revere – Monday, April 3 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. – National Archives
High-school and university students and teachers are invited to join Evans Revere, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, for a timely and informative presentation on East Asia. The program is free to attend. This program is limited to students and their teachers, but we invite others who are interested to attend Mr. Revere's lecture on Ten Things You Need to Know About North Korea the next day. Please RSVP by March 31 directly to » with your name, school, and number of students. More information »

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 IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

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

Community Reception with Open World Delegation from Ukraine »,  presented by Global Ties KC
Tuesday, March 21 – 5-7 p.m. – Summit Grill (Waldo)

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

Hall Center Colonialism Seminar »
Monday, March 27 – 3:30-5 p.m. – Hall Center for the Humanities (Lawrence)

Global Insight Series: India, Madagascar, & the Philippines », presented by Unbound
Wednesday, March 29 – 5:30-8 p.m. – Unbound

The Ebola Crisis: Lessons from the Field », presented by Park University
Thursday, April 6 – 3-4 p.m. – McCoy Meetin' House at Park University (Parkville)

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

The Art of War », a free exhibit presented by the CGSC Foundation
On display February 28 to April 28 – Lenexa City Hall

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

Go Global KC: The Pros of Free Trade in Kansas City featuring Howard Dean, presented by World Trade Center–KC
Thursday, May 11 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The Gallery (Downtown)

Mid-Year Economic Forecast », presented by the Greater KC Chamber
Thursday, June 29 – 7:30-9 a.m. – KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station)

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 Help Refugees Adjust to Life in KC – throughout KC area
Refugee Rides is a volunteer-based transportation program for refugees served by JVS. The program will provide transportation to doctor's appointments, school programs, and cultural activities to help refugees access needed services and adjust to life in Kansas City. Volunteers are needed Monday to Fridayduring the business day to pick up refugees from their homes, mostly in the Historic Northeast neighborhood, and bring them to appointments at JVS or other places in the city. Join us for a volunteer training to learn how to use the on-line system to get alerts when rides are needed and sign up for a refugee ride! March 16, 5:30 - 7:00 PM at JVS, 4600 The Paseo OR March 20, 10:00 - 11:30 AM at JFS, 425 E. 63rd Street. For more information contact ».

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