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May 17, 2017: Help Us Add to Our Calendar of International Events in KC

Wednesday, May 17, 2017  
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Dear friends,

We've just added a number of international events to our calendar at the bottom of this newsletter. Please do take a look at all the remarkable internationally themed opportunities in Kansas City in the coming weeks. If your organization has additional opportunities you'd like to share, please do let us know. We're happy to promote internationally themed volunteer projects in Kansas City, as well.

The Foreign Policy Association, publisher of Great Decisions materials, is looking for photos of groups in action. If your Great Decisions group has any photos to share, please send them along » at your earliest convenience.

We're currently finalizing details on a couple additional June programs as well as opportunities for July, August, and September. Please stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

We hope to see you at tomorrow's World Trade Day event at CBIZ on the Plaza. It's not too late to register », and you're welcome to register at the door.

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 intelligence and U.S.–Russia relations, cybersecurity, the NATO summit, the future of Europe, U.S.–Middle East foreign policy, Trump's meeting with Erdoğan, and globalization. Read more here »

This Week on the World Citizen Blog
Learn about Kansas City’s role in U.S.-Mexico relations and our 200-year-old Mexican community this week on the IRC's World Citizen Blog ».

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'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!

In Memoriam
We recently learned that longtime IRC member Herman Wallace passed away in late April. You can read more about Herman here ». We are saddened by this news, and we extend our sincere condolences to Herman's family and friends on behalf of the entire IRC community.



Meet the IRC Board
Lyn Lakin, President – Lyn Lakin Consulting
An experienced nonprofit leader with a diverse background of fundraising, constituency engagement, departmental management, and C-Suite leadership. Lyn's experience was gained in international voluntary health agencies, an international disaster relief and humanitarian response NGO, and state and private universities. All expanded her worldview, interest, and participation.

For Lyn, the IRC matters because it is a non-partisan convener of like minded individuals, organizations, and companies that seek understanding of complex issues that face our world today.

Meet the IRC Summer Interns
Luigi Cruz, Social Media & Marketing Intern
Luigi Cruz is a business student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City pursuing a BBA with an emphasis in Marketing. He's held internships at the World Trade Center-Kansas City and Block Labs of H&R Block. Passionate about making his organizations and communities the best they can be, he gets involved through the use of his marketing and leadership skills. He’s motivated by the cumulative success of his teammates and their professional development. Luigi in his free time enjoys visiting new places in KC and likes photography.

Upcoming IRC Events

Registration at the Door Available
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.

U.S. Military Involvement in China », presented by the KC Public Library
Thursday, May 18 – 6:30 p.m. – Central Library (downtown KC)

Reduced admission (and free for veterans) at the World War I Museum »
Memorial Day weekend – Friday through Monday, May 26-29

Global and Multicultural Education (GAME) 35th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, June 4 – 2-4 p.m. – All Souls Unitarian Church – All welcome – No RSVP required

UNA Women Book Club: Invisible Hands: Voices from the Global Economy, presented by UNA Women
Tuesday, June 6 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Bier Station (Waldo) – RSVP »

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)

Marine veteran to speak on 1967 attack on U.S. spy ship in Mediterranean, presented by Citizens for Justice in the Middle East
Thursday, June 22 – 7 p.m. – VFW Post 7397 (Lenexa)

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

World Refugee Day
Saturday, July 8 – KCU (formerly KCUMB) in the Northeast Neighborhood of KCMO

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 »
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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