About the Global Experience Series
Global Experience programs give participants of all ages, interests, and backgrounds the chance to explore how international Kansas City is while answering two key questions – What's your global story? Do you get the chance to share it? Often free or low-cost, Global Experience events range from visits to internationally themed restaurants and other outings to film screenings and discussions on timely global issues. As interesting as the topics and venues are, the best part of Global Experience programs are the hosts and participants who share their diverse knowledge and insights. Won't you join us for this introduction to IRC programming and Kansas City's vibrant international community?
Recent Global Experience Programs
November 14, 2018
Working Across Countries and Cultures: What It Means for Entrepreneurs
We heard from a diverse panel of individuals who have worked internationally or taken their work abroad as they shared lessons about entrepreneurship and working across cultures.
October 4, 2018
Emilie's French Teas
Topics included the history, sourcing, and cultural meanings of tea around the world. After the presentation, participants were encouraged to taste free tea samples, ask questions, and discuss this delicious beverage with fellow attendees.
September 4, 2018
Thai Cooking Class
Join the IRC as we get hands-on cooking instruction from our friends at the Thai Cultural Center of Greater Kansas City, an organizational member of the IRC. After the food is made, be sure to stick around to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Click here to register »
July 14, 2018
Sister Cities Film Festival (Westport)
We attended the Xi’an and Yan’an Sister Cities Committees’ film showing of Paths of the Soul (original title: Kang Rinpoche). Following the film, there wasa post-film discussion, and then IRC attendees were invited to relocate to a nearby restaurant for lunch. This film covered the journey on foot of a group of Tibetans on a 1,200 kilometer pilgrimage to Lhasa, the holy capital of Tibet. As their Tibetan Buddhist faith requires, they prostrated themselves every few steps, making their long walk an act of utmost religious devotion. Director: Zhang yang - Language: Tibetan with English Subtitles
June 6, 2018
The Fulbright Program (Downtown Kansas City)
In September 1945, the freshman senator from Arkansas, J. William Fulbright, introduced a bill in the U.S. Congress that called for the use of proceeds from the sales of surplus war property to fund the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science." One year later, President Harry S. Truman signed the Fulbright Act into law. Today, Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious international exchange program in the world, supported for more than half a century by the American people through an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress and by the people of partner nations. The program—working with universities, schools, binational Fulbright commissions, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector—actively seeks out individuals of achievement and potential who represent the full diversity of their respective societies and selects nominees through open, merit-based competitions.
May 3, 2018
The Roasterie Coffee World Tour (Westside)
On Thursday, May 3, we ventured where no IRC event had ventured before: from the forests of Brazil to the fields of Ethiopia, we learned about the international nature of Kansas City’s favorite drink. Through an exclusive tour of The Roasterie offered to IRC participants, we heard about the global context of the coffee industry, including its political economy, distribution, & supply chain.
April 9, 2018
Big Sonia Screening and Discussion (Northland)
Park University, the National Archives, and the IRC partnered to explore the story of 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski – great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor – who has deep ties to Kansas City.
February 20, 2018
The International Implications of the 2018 Olympics – facilitated discussion at Port Fonda (Westport)
Our first guided discussion, this Global Experience asked attendees to share their thoughts on the Olympics. We explored the international implications of the 2018 Olympics in South Korea, as well as possible developments in the policies and institutional structure of the Olympics. Though the Olympics were held far from Kansas City, their impacts continue to resonate worldwide.
January 24, 2018
Elsa’s Ethiopian Restaurant (Overland Park)
This unique restaurant visit featured a delicious introduction to Ethiopian food. The discussion centered around chef and owner Elsa’s experience as an immigrant who has had tremendous success by staying true to her Ethiopian roots while embracing a new culture in Kansas City.
October 17, 2017
Habashi House (City Market)
Located in the vibrant City Market, Habashi House provided an introduction to the international character of Kansas City: it is surrounded by other internationally-themed restaurants and specialty stores, including an Italian deli and French-style patisserie. This was a perfect way to highlight the international character of our community.
August 15, 2017
Thai House (South Kansas City)
In our first Global Experience event, we focused on introductions. As the two guiding questions of this series imply, this event was the beginning of a substantive conversation about the Kansas City community’s ties to the rest of the world.