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June 14, 2017: Summer Days

Wednesday, June 14, 2017  
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Dear friends,

It really feels like summer is here: the sun stays out late and comes up early, and we've reached that blend of heat and humidity for which Kansas City is known. In the midst of family vacations and outdoor celebrations, we hope you'll find time to join us for a few upcoming programs.

We had a teacher let us know that she is unable to attend next week's workshop, which means that we have one more spot available. You can find more information below; please let Matthew know if you'd like to fill this spot.

We still have sponsorship opportunities – as well as general-admission tickets – available for the upcoming program on Russia in 2017. We'd like to thank Lathrop Gage, K-State Military Affairs, and IRC members Bill & Lyn Lakin and Holly Nielsen for their support of the program, which should be both timely and engaging. We hope to see you there; please scroll down for more information.

We'll be at the Global Ties Diplomacy Begins Here Summit tomorrow, so please stop by if you have a chance. Have a wonderful week!

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 Russian interference in the U.S. election, Cuba–U.S. relations, China's tightening grip on power, the aftermath of British elections, Puerto Rico's seeking statehood, and furthering democracy. Read more here »

This Week on the World Citizen Blog
Learn about IRC member Ram Iyer in this week's member spotlight 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!

Meet the IRC Board
Anné Erickson – JLL, Office Broker
Anné is a Kansas City native who has returned home after living overseas for six years in Egypt, Thailand, South Africa, India, and the Philippines where she worked analyzing emerging economies and real estate trends. Today Anné brings that unique international perspective to her work as an office tenant representation broker in commercial real estate in Kansas City. She is passionate about global economics, foreign policy, real estate, negotiating, traveling, and learning Spanish. She resides in Brookside with her husband Jim and daughter Theron.

For Anné, the IRC matters because of the role it plays in bringing international understanding and awareness of people, events, and countries that are near and far from Kansas City. Through a better understanding of global affairs, communities can better understand the world around them as well as those within their own community.

Meet the IRC Summer Interns
Liz Orr,
 Events Intern
Liz Orr is a junior at the University of Kansas double majoring in Global and International Studies and French with a minor in Economics. She recently spent a semester studying abroad in Angers, France. At KU, she is the founder of the KU French Club and president of Pi Delta Phi National French Honors Society. Liz is also a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority in which she has held a number of leadership positions, and has been a part of KU LEAD leadership programs. In her free time, she enjoys singing as a part of the KU choral program. Liz is passionate about global awareness and looks forward to being a part of the International Relations Council.


Upcoming IRC Events

One Spot Available
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. We have one spot available; please e-mail Matthew » if interested. Read more and register »

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Russia in 2017: Perspectives & Challenges – Wednesday, June 28 – 5:30-8 p.m. – Lathrop & Gage (Crown Center)
Join us on Wednesday, June 28, for an evening program exploring the challenges faced by and posed by Russia in 2017 from the perspective of the United States' former senior defense official and attaché to the Russian Federation, Brigadier General Peter Zwack (U.S. Army, retired). Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. This program is presented by the IRC in conjunction with Kansas State University Military Affairs and our friends at Lathrop & Gage. Read more and register »

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover: Lisa Palmer – Tuesday, July 18 – 1-1:30 p.m. – conference call
Lisa Palmer, a freelance journalist in the environment and energy sector, will discuss her new book, Hot, Hungry Planet ». Her work can be found in The Guardian, Slate Magazine, Scientific American, and other news and academic publications. 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.

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)

Life Along the Border: A Separate Reality? », presented by the Dole Institute of Politics
Wednesday, June 21 – 3-4:30 p.m. – Dole Institute (Lawrence)

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)

World Refugee Day », presented by Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas
Saturday, June 24 – 1-4 p.m. – Catholic Charities (KCK)

Borderlands », presented by the Dole Institute of Politics
Wednesday, June 28 – 3-4:30 p.m. – Dole Institute (Lawrence)

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

Security, Immigration, Trade, and the Border », presented by the Dole Institute of Politics
Tuesday, July 11 – 3-4:30 p.m. – Dole Institute (Lawrence)

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.

Promote the IRC at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival – Swope Park – August 18-20
On August 18-20, the IRC will have a booth at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival » at Swope Park. We are looking for volunteers to help us share about the work we do throughout the year. If you are interested in promoting the IRC and receiving free admission to this Kansas City tradition, please sign up here ».

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