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April 19, 2017: WorldQuest and Chinese Consul General Next Week

Wednesday, April 19, 2017  
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Dear friends,

Can you name the nations that claim wedges of Antarctica? If you can, you might just be ready for next week's much-anticipated WorldQuest trivia night! Registration ($45/ticket or $360/table of 8) is closing this week, so grab your globally knowledgeable friends and neighbors and join us on Wednesday, April 26, at UMKC. Full details are below, including how your organizational membership qualifies you for a complimentary table.

The IRC, together with members of the Mid-America Asian Culture Association, has the privilege of welcoming to Kansas City Mr. Hong Lei, the Chinese Consul General in Chicago. Please join us next Friday, April 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Plaza III Steakhouse, where you'll have a chance to meet Mr. Hong and learn about U.S.-China relations, economic cooperation, tourism, and other issues of mutual interest. Registration is available below.

World Trade Day will be here soon, too, on Thursday, May 18. We hope to see you at CBIZ on the Plaza as we discover the international Smart City opportunities available to Kansas City companies. We'll hear from opening speaker Herb Sih, Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Think Big Partners, on the Smart Cities Initiative and Kansas City's involvement. Kate Garman, Innovation Analyst for KCMO, will moderate a panel discussion with KC exporters Alpha Energy & Electric, Black & Veatch, and PlanITImpact on how these companies navigate in the Smart Cities space on an international level.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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, U.S.–North Korea tensions, Erdoğan's Turkey, Middle East conflict, NATO, post-Brexit, French elections, desire for permanent change in Africa, and political crisis in Venezuela. 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

Holly Nielsen – Baring Vostok Capital Partners
During her 35-year international legal career Ms Nielsen has been a pioneer in the emerging commercial market in Russia. She established the Moscow office for a major U.S. law firm in 1992 and was managing partner of the Moscow offices of two Wall Street law firms from 1997-2006. Ms Nielsen advised the first Russian securities regulator while working for Harvard’s Institute for International Development during 1995-1997. Most recently, she was a partner and general counsel, and is now the senior counsel, for a premier private equity firm sponsoring funds for international institutions to invest in businesses located in Russia and other post-Soviet countries.

For Holly, the IRC matters because in order to be informed citizens, all Americans should educate themselves about international matters.

Upcoming IRC Events

Registration Closing
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
Welcome Reception: Chinese Consul General – Friday, April 28 – 6-8 p.m. – Plaza III Steakhouse
The Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago, Mr. HONG Lei, will be visiting Kansas City at the end of April. Please join the International Relations Council and members of the Mid-America Asian Culture Association for a welcome reception on Friday, April 28, from 6-8 p.m. at Plaza III Steakhouse. Tickets ($20) include appetizers and your first drink. Mr. Hong's visit coincides with MAACA's annual Asian Cultural Festival on Saturday, April 29, at Olathe East High School. 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 »

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover: Thomas Wright – Thursday, May 25 – 1-1:30 p.m. – conference call
WACA will host Thomas Wright to discuss his new book, All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st Century and the Future of American Power (available May 23), for May's Cover to Cover. Tom Wright is director of the Project on International Order and Strategy, as well as a fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe, at the Brookings Institution. The IRC is pleased to make this opportunity available to IRC members. To register, please e-mail Matthew ».

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover: Souad Mekhennet – Tuesday, June 13 – 1-1:30 p.m. – conference call
Souad Mekhennet will be featured on the publication date of her compelling and evocative memoir, I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad. Mekhennet is a correspondent for The Washington Post's national security desk, and she has reported on terrorism for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and NPR. The IRC is pleased to make this opportunity available to IRC members. To register, please e-mail Matthew ».

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.

Film Screening: Equal Means Equal », presented by UNA Women and AAUW
Saturday, April 22 – 1 p.m. – JCCC HCA room 145 – RSVP and more information »

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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