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|IRC Lecture Series|
About the IRC Lecture Series
Our robust global-affairs programming provides opportunities for IRC individual and organizational members and members of our community to dive in to international issues, engage experts, and understand more fully the connections between what's going on around the world and our region.
IRC lectures and panel discussions are often free or low-cost and occur throughout the year. Visit our events calendar for current programming, and be in touch with ideas you might have for program topics or speakers.
Megaregions & the Future of Transportation – January 31, 2019
An Evening with Sarah Margon, Washington Director of Human Rights Watch – September 13, 2018
Sarah Margon, Washington Director of Human Rights Watch, discussed the state of human rights around the world in 2018 and took questions from the audience.
Decisions: U.S. Global Engagement and the Military – June 12, 2018
The Opportunities and Challenges of Chinese Investment in the U.S.: A Public Forum – May 24, 2018
Moderated by Virginia Harper Ho, Associate Dean for International & Comparative Law, panelists discussed practical opportunities and challenges regarding foreign investment. Attendees were able to learn about different perspectives of Chinese investments over lunch. Panelists included, Professor Ji Li of Rutgers University School of Law, Representative of the China Chamber of Commerce, Edward (Trip) Frizell of Polsinelli, KC SmartPot CEO Chris Gutierrez, and Vice President Jeff Zhao of Human Resources and Legal Affairs-BWI Group.
In a program presented by the IRC in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City and Lathrop Gage, panel members Head Consul Alfonso Navarro-Bernachi and Dr. Robynn Kuhlmann discussed the electoral systems in Mexico and the United States. Since 2018 is a critical year for both countries, the panel pointed out key differences and similarities between the electoral process for both nations.
Christopher W. Anderson, Dr. Mona Lyne, and Luciano Tosta made up an illustrious panel offering differing perspective on challenges and opportunities faced by Brazil in 2018. Moderated by Dr. Monica Mingucci, the panel discussed Brazil’s economy, politics, and culture in a Latin American and global context.
NATO: Truman to Trump – December 6, 2017
This IRC-sponsored American Public Square Event brought together experts to discuss the history of NATO and the challenges it faces in the 21st century. Panelists included Ivo Daalder, Nina Jankowicz, Barry R. Posen, and Stephen Walt.