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April 5, 2017: WorldQuest Three Weeks Away

Wednesday, April 5, 2017  
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Dear friends,

It was lovely to see such a range of audience members – from longtime IRC associates to university students – at yesterday's Berkley Lecture on North Korea. Our thanks to everyone who was able to attend. Evans Revere, the U.S. Government's former primary day-to-day liaison with the government of North Korea and now Brookings senior fellow, delivered an insightful presentation on lenses with which to consider North Korea's current situation. On Monday, Mr. Revere shared thoughts on East Asia security challenges with thirty students from around the KC metro area. We were glad for Mr. Revere's visit and look forward to bringing you additional speakers with firsthand policy experience in the months ahead.

Meanwhile, we're putting the finishing touches on this year's WorldQuest trivia night – Wednesday, April 26, from 6-9 p.m. at UMKC's Pierson Auditorium. Don't miss your chance to show off your global knowledge with a team of eight. Dinner and drinks are included in the $45/person ($360/team) price. Singles, couples, and small groups are encouraged to sign up; we'll put a team together for you! Registration is open, with details below. IRC corporate and university partners do receive a complimentary table; please e-mail Matthew to secure your spot.

Registration for World Trade Day (Thursday, May 18) is also open. This event, held this year at CBIZ on the Plaza, is the cooperative effort of the Kansas City International Steering Committee. More details are available below.

I'll be out of the office from April 10-18, so we won't have a newsletter next week. 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 Assad's barbarism, U.S.–Middle East relations, North Africa politics, terrorism in Russia, the road to Brexit, European elections, the Asian economic outlook, and South America politics and policy. 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
Bob Rebori, 2016 Board President – Bio-Microbics
Bob Rebori is president of Bio-Microbics in Shawnee, Kansas, with subsidiaries Scienco/FAST in Sunset Hills, Missouri, and SeptiTech in Lewiston, Maine. All three companies are Original Equipment Manufacturers of water, waste water, and storm water treatment systems, land and sea, with significant international business. Bio-Microbics is the recipient of the 2011 Kansas Governor's Exporter of the Year Award, and the 2012 and 2016 President's "E Star" Awards, the highest recognition for export excellence. All this is accomplished through excellent international relations also exemplified by the International Relations Council of Kansas City.

For Bob, the IRC matters because it is a great way to network and expand a company's knowledge of international relations, current events, and future international opportunities.

Upcoming IRC Events

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 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 »

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.

Centennial Commemoration of the U.S. Entry into World War I
Thursday, April 6 – 10 a.m. – Livestream of program at World War I Museum available here »

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

Diversity and Inclusion Symposium: Refugees in the Health System », presented by KUMC
Tuesday, April 18 – 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – School of Nursing Auditorium (KUMC)

Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop, presented by Park University, with lunch provided
Tuesday, April 18 – 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Louise Morden Boardroom (Parkville Underground) – Questions or RSVP »

Mexico, the Heartland, and NAFTA
Tuesday, April 18 – 4 p.m. – Capital Federal Hall (KU)
Wednesday, April 19 – 10 a.m. – KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station) – RSVP »

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 »)

Evening at the Square: Matthew Dowd », presented by American Public Square
Monday, May 1 – 6-9 p.m. – Boulevard Brewing Company

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.

 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 Friday during 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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