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August 23, 2017: Special Member Opportunity Friday

Wednesday, August 23, 2017  
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Dear friends,

The Ethnic Enrichment Festival last weekend was such fun, and we congratulate our friends at the Ethnic Enrichment Commission for a job well done! Special thanks to these IRC members and friends for their presence at the IRC booth where we got to meet a number of people interested in global affairs: Natalie Gilkison, Brenda Fishman, Jeremiah Boehr, Kyle Whiston, Gary Logan, Ayesha Mahomed, Katrin Heuser, Jacob Johnson, Alla and Andrei Sobolevsky, Jaime Mitchell, Andrew Kling, Carissa Rocha, Brian Wright, Nina Hajda, Mike Wood, Jun Wang, and Lin Zhao. We greatly appreciate your support!

We've just been made aware of a conference call with Ronald Neumann, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, this Friday, August 25, from 1-1:30 p.m. He will offer his take on whether the likely increased U.S. troop presence and further NATO support will help bring the 16-year Afghan war to an end. We're pleased to make this call, along with other calls like it through the year, available to current IRC members as a special member benefit. To check your membership status or to register for the call, please e-mail Matthew ».

Our fall interns have all started their time with us, and we're excited to welcome Sami, Kellsie, Sally, Ayesha, MJ, and Jessie! You can get to know them on our staff page ». They've all communicated how they are looking forward to getting to know you this semester. We're fortunate to have them!

I'll be taking some vacation time starting Friday, so we won't have a newsletter next week, and we won't have someone regularly in the office. Please keep in mind that individual registrations for the Global Honors Evening open on September 1. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail or call, and we'll be sure to be in touch once we're back after Labor Day.

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

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 Afghanistan on the brink, options on North Korea, terror in the Philippines, oppression in Hong Kong, Angola's historic election, and our pale blue dot. Read more here »

Read about rejecting intolerance this week on the IRC's World Citizen Blog ».

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!


IRC Member Benefit
Cover to Cover
Richard McGregor – Tuesday, 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. To register, please e-mail Matthew ».

Registration Open
IRC Book ClubThe Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce – Tuesday, September 12 – 6:30-8 p.m. – Kauffman Foundation
You're invited to the next installment of the IRC Book Club on Tuesday, September 12. We'll be reading Edward Luce's new book, in which he examines the "weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of liberal democracy." JCCC Director of International Education Tom Patterson will guide the conversation. This program is free and open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. Read more and register »

Save the Date
2017 CHINA Town Hall: Susan Rice – Tuesday, October 24 – 4:30-7 p.m. – KC Chamber Board Room (Union Station)
Together with the World Trade Center–Kansas City, we are excited to once again offer the CHINA Town Hall, this year featuring Ambassador Susan E. Rice via interactive webcast. In addition to her foreign policy experience as national security advisor (2013-2017) and U.S. permanent representative to the UN (2009-2013), Ambassador Rice also served as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African Affairs and senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council. Her decades of public service and critical role in developing and executing the Obama administration's policies towards China make her perspective on the relationship especially relevant as we navigate this uncertain time in the bilateral relationship. Immediately before Amb. Rice's presentation, we will have an in-person speaker to talk about the economic implications of U.S.-China policy. Stay tuned for more information.

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 »

An incredible network of experienced professionals, travelers, and internationalists in the Kansas City metro area make up the IRC community. With this in mind, the IRC Speakers Bureau facilitates connections between these experts and local organizations, schools, and businesses who are interested in having them speak or present at their events. Many current IRC members are eligible to join the Speakers Bureau as speakers, and the service is free for IRC member organizations. Click here » to learn more, sign up to be a speaker, or request a speaker for your upcoming event.

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.

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.

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.

Women's Equality Week
August 20-26 – various events around Kansas City

Interagency Brown-Bag Lecture Series: USAID », presented by the CGSC and the Simons Center
Tuesday, August 22 – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Fort Leavenworth

Paraguay at the Crossroads », presented by KU Center for Caribbean & Latin American Studies
August 24-26 – KU (Lawrence)

Panel Discussion: Empowerment through Collaboration », presented by UNA Women
Friday, August 25 – 5:30-7 p.m. – Kansas City Artists Coalition

German Movie: Hot Summer (1967)
Saturday, August 26 – 8 p.m. – Affäre Restaurant (Crossroads) – $8

Screening & Discussion: Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America »
Sunday, August 27 – 12:30-2:30 p.m. – Unity Temple on the Plaza

Roadmap to Doing Business in India »
Tuesday, August 29 – 8-9:30 a.m. – KC Economic Development Corporation

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

World Visions Art Show Reception », presented by Sister City Association of Kansas City
Friday, September 1 – 6-9 p.m. – Buttonwood Art Gallery

Latin America Cinema Festival of Kansas City », presented by Sociedad Hidalgo and the Morelia Sister City Committee
Saturdays from September 2 to October 7 – Rio Theater (Overland Park)

Brexit and What It Means for the United States », presented by UMKC School of Law
Friday, September 8 – 1:30-5 p.m. – UMKC School of Law – RSVP »

Azerbaijan: The Land of Fire », presented by Russian House KC
Saturday, September 9 – 4-5:30 p.m. – Rosanna Square Shopping Center (Overland Park)

Midwest Tea Festival »
Saturday and Sunday, September 9-10 – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Ararat Shrine Temple

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

Export Controls Training Conference »
Wednesday and Thursday, September 13-14 – KU Edward Campus

Global Insight Series: Latin America », presented by Unbound
Wednesday, September 13 – 5:30-7 p.m. – Unbound (KCK)

24th Yoruba National Conference », presented by Egbe Omo Yoruba
September 15-17 – Best Host Inn Plaza (Kansas City)

UN Peacekeepers Round Table », presented by the UNA of Greater Kansas City
Saturday, September 16 – 2-4 p.m. – Plaza Branch of the KC Public Library

KCMO Trade Mission to China: Changsha and Shanghai
September 23-30 – Contact Narbeli Galindo » at the Kansas City EDC for more information

2017 Celebration of International Friendship », presented by the CGSC Foundation
Friday, September 29 – 7 p.m. – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Ambassador Samantha Power in Kansas City », presented by the Women's Foundation
Tuesday, October 3 – 4-6 p.m. – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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

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 the Volunteer Center or future IRC newsletters, please contact Matthew Hughes.

Please click here » to visit the IRC Volunteer Center for more information on one-time and ongoing opportunities to support the IRC and other international initiatives.

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