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July 5, 2017: Upcoming Community Events

Wednesday, July 5, 2017  
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Dear friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July celebration yesterday and were able to enjoy time with family and friends. As we head deeper into summer, we are working diligently on our fall calendar and will be making announcements in the coming weeks; please stay tuned.

Thank you to everyone who attended our briefing on Russia in 2017 with Brigadier General Peter Zwack (U.S. Army, retired) last week. We extend special thanks to our generous hosts at Lathrop Gage and program sponsors – K-State Department of Military Affairs, Bill & Lyn Lakin, and Holly Nielsen – for their support. If you weren't able to make it, we're working to make the recording of the program available and should have it online soon.

Do you know an IRC member with an interesting international story? We hope you'll help us get to know him or her by submitting an IRC member spotlight (see below). The spotlight makes a monthly appearance on the IRC blog, and we like to highlight as many members as possible. While you're there, do check out the great writing our interns have been doing this summer.

 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 North Korea raising the stakes, Trump's face-to-face with Putin, the G20 Summit, "winning" Afghanistan, the Qatar-Gulf crisis, and justice for Turkey. Read more here »

This Week on the World Citizen Blog
Learn about the death of Manuel Noriega 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!

Meet the IRC Board
Kimberly Connelly, Chair, Program Committee – University of Kansas Medical Center
A lifelong professional in the field of International Education, Kimberly Connelly currently leads the Office of International Programs as the Senior International Officer at the University of Kansas Medical Center, managing both the inbound and outbound arms of international education. As an ardent advocate of international education, Ms. Connelly's mission is to connect people to each other through international educational, research, and cultural experiences. As Senator Fulbright said, “Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations.”

For Kimberly, the IRC matters because conversations about the impact of international to local and vice versa are important. Connecting people, sharing ideas, experiencing culture, having dialogue make all of the issues "out there" more relevant and more personal. As Senator Fulbright explains, "Perhaps the greatest power of such intellectual exchange is to convert nations into peoples and to translate ideologies into human aspiration… The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy – the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately."

Meet the IRC Summer Interns
Lora Uhlig
, Communications Intern
Lora Uhlig is a fourth-year student at the University of Edinburgh, pursuing a degree in International Relations. She is a member of the editorial staff on the university's student-run politics and international-relations journal and an active leader in peer-support groups for international students. Additionally, she is a founding member of a University of Edinburgh chapter of the international charity Women for Women International, serving as secretary on the society's committee. After she graduates next summer she hopes to work in foreign affairs in some capacity, which stems from her strong interest in international affairs along with her experience living abroad. Lora loves traveling and experiencing new cultures and traditions, but she loves coming home to Kansas City and is looking forward to interning with the IRC this summer!

Upcoming IRC Events

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 ».

Free Public Event
IRC Book Club: Megachange – Wednesday, July 26 – 7-8:30 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
Session Leader: Karenbeth Zacharias, Ph.D. – Dir., Starr Center for Peace and Justice, and Assistant Professor of History, Univ. of Saint Mary
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Convened by seasoned Great Decisions leader Jack McLaren, the group meets every six to eight weeks to dig into a different author's work. July's selection will be a work by author Darrell West describing how large-scale 21st Century shifts and how "domestic and global institutions must develop the ability to tackle the massive economic, political, and social shifts that we face." This is a free program that is open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning.  Read more and register »

Sponsorships Available
2017 Global Honors Evening – Thursday, November 9 – 6-9 p.m. – The Gallery Event Space (Power & Light District)
Please save the date and join the IRC on Thursday, November 9, as we celebrate international statesmanship and Kansas City's connections to the global community at our 2017 Global Honors Evening. The celebration will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and dessert, live entertainment, special recognitions, and the chance to meet some of Kansas City's most notable and beloved global citizens. Individual registrations will open September 1, but sponsorships are available now. Read more or register as a sponsor »

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.

World Refugee Day »
Saturday, July 8 – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. – 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)

Sister Cities World Cinema Series: The Hours with You (Las Horas Contigo) », presented by KC Sister Cities
Saturday, July 15 – 10 a.m. – Tivoli Cinemas (Westport)

Networking Event: Focus on the UN Population Fund », presented by UNA Women
Tuesday, July 18 – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Bier Station (Waldo)

Sister Cities World Cinema Series: Glasses (Megane) », presented by KC Sister Cities
Saturday, July 22 – 10 a.m. – Tivoli Cinemas (Westport)

Sister Cities World Cinema Series: Operation Thunderbolt (Mivtsa Yonatan) », presented by KC Sister Cities
Sunday, July 30 – 10 a.m. – Tivoli Cinemas (Westport)

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)

Symposium: Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance, and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today »
Thursday to Sunday, October 19-22 – National World War I Museum

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 ».

Looking for Host Families for International Students
Education, Travel, and Culture is a non-profit organization that looks to place high school international students with host families. This opportunity is unpaid, but it is a great way for you to give back to students from all over the world, and get to know a different culture. We are looking for hosts for the upcoming school year, 2017-2018, but the students stay for either a semester or a full year, the families chose which they would prefer.  We do have a Facebook group that they can request to join which I give updates and information for those potentially interested: The only requirements that we ask of is to provide 3 meals a day, a room for them to stay in with a bed, which can be shared with someone of the same gender within 5 years of an age difference, and go through our process of apply to become a host family. If anyone would be interested you can give them my e-mail address and I would be more than happy to help them with any questions they may have. Contact: Keli Myracle, Local Coordinator »

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