News & Press: Newsletters

March 29, 2017: Students Invited to Free Monday Program

Wednesday, March 29, 2017  
Share |

Dear friends,

We're looking forward to the visit of Brookings Senior Fellow Evans Revere (the U.S. Government's former primary day-to-day liaison with North Korea) for next week's Berkley Lecture. If you haven't saved your seat yet, please make sure to do so no later than this Friday, March 31. The day before the lecture – Monday, April 3 – Mr. Revere will present a lecture for area students (high-school and university students welcome) at no cost to attendees. Please share this information with teachers and students you know, and encourage them to register. More information is available below.

After the Berkley Lecture, WorldQuest will be here before we know it! We're busy putting the finishing touches on questions and prizes. We invite you to gather your team of eight and sign up for this fun evening. Organizational members are entitled to a complimentary table as part of their membership. Proceeds from this year's event will support the IRC's efforts in global education, so please do consider making a donation in advance » or the evening of the event. Thank you for your support!

A quick administrative note: I'll be out of the office April 10-18. If you need anything during that time, please feel free to e-mail me, and we'll get you in touch with an IRC intern who can help you.

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 Trump's climate order, the beginning of Brexit, disunion in the EU, Turkey's future, protests in Russia, corruption and tensions with India in Pakistan, politics in Korea, elections in Hong Kong, the economics of Africa, and Brazil's anti-corruption drive. 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
Lawrence Rouse – Red Bear Investors
Larry is graduate of the University of Kansas School of Engineering and Georgetown University School of Law. He was a litigation partner at the Stinson, Mag & Fizzell law firm and later was a founder of the law firm of Rouse Hendricks German May. He is married and has three children and three grandchildren. Larry is active in organizations and programs that serve persons with Developmental Disabilities.

For Lawrence, the IRC matters because our personal and professional decisions are influenced and, at times, largely determined by the perspectives through which they are made. There is no better and more enjoyable way to add breadth and depth to those perspectives than through the programs and relationships offered by the IRC.


Upcoming IRC Events

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 »

IRC Member Benefit
April Cover to Cover: Howard W. French – Tuesday, April 11 – 1-1:30 p.m. – via conference call
Howard. W. French is Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. He wrote from Africa for the Washington Post, and at the New York Times he was bureau chief in Central America and the Caribbean, West and Central Africa, Japan, and China. French is the recipient of two Overseas Press Club awards and a two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone, among other national publications. He is the author of a new book, Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China's Push for Global Power. This is a special opportunity for IRC members made possible by the World Affairs Councils of America. Please contact Matthew » no later than Friday, April 7, to register.

Registration Open
WorldQuest Trivia Night – Wednesday, April 26 – 6-9 p.m. (registration at 5:30) – UMKC's Pearson Auditorium
Spring has arrived and, with it, WorldQuest, the IRC's much-anticipated annual trivia night! Join fellow world enthusiasts on Wednesday, April 26, for friendly competition and fabulous prizes – all to support a worthy cause. Your $45 ticket ($360/table) covers dinner, drinks, and trivia. Additional contributions (in advance or that evening) are most welcome and will support the IRC's global-education efforts. IRC organizational members, please contact Matthew to redeem your complimentary table. Read more and register »

Registration Now Open
World Trade Day 2017: Smart Cities Trade with the World – Thursday, May 18 – 2:45-6 p.m. – CBIZ
As cities across the nation celebrate World Trade Week, join the Kansas City International Steering Committee on May 18 to celebrate Greater Kansas City's World Trade Day, an annual event focused on the importance of global trade and the recognition of our region's international business community. The IRC is a proud member of the KC International Steering Committee. Read more and register »

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 »

Career Opportunity: Refugee ESL Instructor Position
Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is currently recruiting for a full-time ESL Instructor position in the Refugee Learning Center. If you know any individuals that may be interested in this opportunity, please encourage them to apply ».

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.

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

Screening: Poverty, Inc., presented by KUMC Office of International Programs
Friday, March 31 – 5:15 p.m. – Kirmayer Gym at KUMC

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

International Students Day: Vietnam », presented by the UMKC Libraries
Wednesday, April 12 – 3-5 p.m. – Miller Nichols Library (UMKC)

Economist Dr. Leif Rosenberger », presented by Kansas State University Military Affairs
Wednesday, April 12 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – June's Northland (Leavenworth) – contact Richard Crowley » to RSVP

International Educational Experience Showcase, presented by KUMC Office of International Programs
Friday, April 14 – 11 a.m. – G013 SON at KUMC

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

Taking a Stand for the United Nations, presented by the UNA of Greater KC
Thursday, April 27 – 6 p.m. – Truman Library (Independence) – RSVP »

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 »)

Global Table », a benefit for JVS
Sunday, May 7 – 6-8 p.m. – Garment House on Broadway (1000 Broadway, KCMO)

50-Year Celebration with La Bernalina », presented by Sevilla–Kansas City Sister Cities
Sunday, May 7 – 7-9 p.m. – 1801 Main St., KCMO

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 ».

Sign In


The Opportunities and Challenges of Chinese Investment in the U.S.: A Public Forum

IRC Networking Hour

Global Experience: The Fulbright Program

Decisions: U.S. Global Engagement & the Military

IRC Book Club: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force

Latest News