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May 10, 2017: Join Us for May and June Programs

Wednesday, May 10, 2017  
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Dear friends,

As the school year winds down, our spring interns are finishing their work with us. I'd like to offer a hearty thank-you to Angela, Ben, Elle, Keyontae, and Megan for all the help they provided with events, community outreach, membership, programs, and communications during the semester. Special congratulations go to Ben, Elle, and Megan, who are graduating from their respective programs this month. As these friends leave us, we're excited to have a new group of interns joining us for the summer. Stay tuned to the weekly newsletter where we'll be introducing them to you, and look for them at an upcoming program.

In the coming weeks, we have programs for a variety of audiences, and we hope to see you at one or more. Next week is World Trade Day, a joint effort of the Kansas City International Steering Committee. If you haven't already done so, please register as soon as possible ». On Monday, June 12, we'll take a look at one of the world's major religious traditions, Islam, as we share a Ramadan fast-breaking meal with the Dialogue Institute. Thursday, June 22, will be our workshop for teachers of grades 7-12 on teaching in a culturally diverse classroom. You can find more information about all these programs in the calendar below.

See you soon!

Kind regards,
Matthew Hughes, Executive Director • 816-423-2632

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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've started 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
Shelly Ma, CFA, Treasurer and Chair, Finance Committee – Independent Investor
Shelly Ma, CFA, was born and raised in Shanghai, China, and has lived in Kansas City since 1998. She is an MBA graduate of the University of Missouri–Kansas City. She has more than twenty years of experience in the asset-management industry and investing in publicly traded bonds and equities in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Her art of investment embraces long-term views of demographics, geopolitics, economic structures, central-bank polices, consumer behaviors, etc. She also has a passion for supporting missionaries overseas and assisting elder needs as societies are aging.

For Shelly, the IRC matters because it is where we can meet real people who we share the same interests but very different views on global events.

Upcoming IRC Events

Registration Closing Soon
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 ».

Free Dinner Program
World Faiths: Shared Ramadan Fast-Breaking Meal – Monday, June 12 – 8-9:30 p.m. – Dialogue Institute (KCK)
Join the IRC and the Dialogue Institute of the Southwest for a closer look at Islam and one of its central holidays. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from eating and drinking during daylight hours. The iftar meal each evening at sunset breaks the fast and brings people together in community. Join us for a fast-breaking meal and learn more about a religion practiced by more than 1.5 billion followers. This program is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Read more and register »

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 ».

For Teachers of Grades 7-12
FREE Teacher Workshop: Teaching in the Culturally Diverse Secondary Classroom – Thursday, June 22 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – JCCC
No matter our district, students from a variety of countries and cultural backgrounds make up our classes. In this workshop for teachers of grades 7-12, experts on culture and education will provide a context for our globalized classrooms, share useful cultural models, offer resources and activities that can be used across subject areas to enhance students' cultural competence, and support teachers in developing and sharing their own activities. The program is free, and lunch is provided. 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.

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)

Diplomacy Begins Here Summit: Women's Empowerment », presented by Global Ties KC
Thursday, June 15 – 8:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center

Fiesta Filipina », presented by the Filipino Association of Greater Kansas City
Saturday, June 17 – 12-6 p.m. – Filipino Association (Overland Park)

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

Ethnic Enrichment Festival », presented by the Ethnic Enrichment Commission
August 18-20 – Swope Park

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

Kansas International Film Festival »
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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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