The International Relations Council has held space for global conversations that matter in Kansas City for more than 65 years. Staying home hasn’t kept us from traversing the world or connecting around timely international themes and topics – if anything, opportunities have been broader, deeper, and more inclusive. We warmly invite you to join us on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, for a daylong celebration, Global Horizons, where together we’ll explore the full range of IRC programming and the diversity of the wider world. Events will run on Zoom throughout the day; please stop by as your time and schedule allow. Thanks to the support of generous donors, this day of events is free and open to the public. Stop by, get to know the IRC, and join the conversation.

Please click on the program of interest below for more information and a link to register.

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Start your day with a Bengali gastronomic and cultural discussion with Sadia Akhter Aurna. Learn more and register.

We will be joined by award winning photographer Amir Hamja for a discussion on his career in photography. Learn more and register.

This series is your guide to world languages. Get ready to explore the context, sounds, and structure of Korean. It will be presented by Dr. Seungkwon You, Associate Teaching Professor of Korean Studies; Co-director of the institute for Korean Studies of University of Missouri. Learn more and register.

Join us for a discussion of the 2013 short story The Embassy of Cambodia. Learn more and register.

Join the Waldo Great Decisions group for a discussion of industrial policy. Learn more and register.

IRC Membership and Engagement Coordinator Dan Fitzpatrick will speak about the best ways to engage with the IRC. Click here to register.

A small-group discussion of the latest news related to wildlife conservation. The discussion will be led by the Executive Director of Kansas City Zoo, Sean Putney. Learn more and register.

Explore the role of the performing arts in bridging cultures and communities. Learn more and register.

In October 1989, right before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Alex Kerner (Daniel Brühl) is living with his mom, Christiane (Kathrin Sass), and sister, Ariane (Maria Simon). But when the mother, a loyal party member, sees Alex participating in an anti-communist rally, she falls into a coma and misses the revolution. After she wakes, doctors say any jarring event could make her have a heart attack, meaning the family must go to great lengths to pretend communism still reigns in Berlin. Learn more and register