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July 12, 2017: Next IRC Networking Hour August 2 with Commerce Bank

Wednesday, July 12, 2017  
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Dear friends,

We're excited to announce our next networking hour, this time with our friends at Commerce Bank, one of the IRC's longest-tenured partners. The event will be a chance to get to know other IRC members and learn more about Commerce and their work in Kansas City and internationally, and we do hope to see you there on Wednesday, August 2! Please see below for more information, and click here to register ».

There are a couple additional new events in the calendar below, including conference calls with global-affairs authors in July, August, and September. The July call will be good preparation for the upcoming book club on Wednesday, July 26; you won't want to miss it!

We'll be announcing the fall schedule in a couple weeks, so do stay tuned. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to be in touch. See 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 frenemies (Trump-Putin), U.S. and the West, Ukraine and NATO, China's bid for hegemony, Mosul after ISIS, and Qatar. Read more here »

This Week on the World Citizen Blog
Learn about the Summit International Studies Academy in the member spotlight this week on the IRC's World Citizen Blog ». See below for more information on highlighting another IRC's member story.

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
Amy Bretall, Vice President – Arbor Grove, LLC
With a passion for learning and twenty years of senior-level human resources experience, Amy Bretall joined the IRC board in 2016 in an effort to increase her knowledge of all things international. After a brief encounter with a little girl in Cuba in 2015 and going back to find her, Amy was inspired to raise money for her so she can have a better life. A favorite quote of Amy's is “the cost of doing nothing is not free.”

For Amy, the IRC matters because we expand the understanding of global topics, bring people together around relevant international discussions, and help educate the community.


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 »

Registration Open
IRC Networking Hour – Wednesday, August 2 – 5-6:30 p.m. – Commerce Bank
The IRC is continuing our series of networking hours to give IRC members and friends the chance to get to know each other and the work of the IRC's organizational partners. Next up is Commerce Bank, a Kansas City institution since 1865 and one of the IRC's most tenured community partners. All are invited, but registration is requested. We hope you'll join us! Read more and register »

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover: James Kirchick – Thursday, August 10 – 1-1:30 p.m. – conference call
Once the world's bastion of liberal, democratic values, Europe is now having to confront demons it thought it had laid to rest. August's Cover to Cover will feature James Kirchick on his new book, The End of Europe: Dictators Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age », on Thursday, August 10. Based on extensive firsthand reporting, this book is a provocative, disturbing look at a continent in unexpected crisis. The IRC is pleased to make this opportunity available to IRC members. To register, please e-mail Matthew ».

IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover: Richard McGregor – Thursday, September 5 – 1-1:30 p.m. – conference call
Geopolitical cracks are widening in a region that has flourished under an American security umbrella for more than half a century. The toxic rivalry between China and Japan is threatening to upend the peace underwritten by Pax Americana since World War II. September's Cover to Cover will feature Richard McGregor on his new book, Asia's Reckoning: China, Japan, and the Fate of U.S. Power », on Tuesday, September 5. Richard McGregor's book takes us behind the headlines of his reporting as the Financial Times Beijing and Washington bureau chief to show how American power will fare in Asia.

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.

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)

Pictures of the Year International », presented by the KC Public Library
On display July 15 to September 10 – Central Library

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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