Want to elevate your next debate with Uncle Bubba about "the illegals"? Head to a program of the International Relations Council at Carmen's Café (6307 Brookside Plaza, 816-333-4048), where Jacob Prado, KC's Mexican consul, is scheduled to offer a nuanced perspective in a discussion of Mexican foreign policy
. Linda S. Trout, IRC's executive director, explains: "The United States and Mexico share a complicated and significant relationship, one that it is important for all informed citizens to understand. This relationship involves much more than immigration and illegal drug trafficking, although these are important issues." Energy security, climate change, banking and debt crises, human rights and global health are also weighty concerns. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour that includes appetizers and a cash bar. Registration is $10 for IRC members or $15 for nonmembers. If Prado's speech leaves you craving more discourse on pressing world matters, consider also registering for Great Decisions, a grassroots group-discussion program of the Foreign Policy Association that kicks off with Prado's talk. Learn more at irckc.org
or call 816-221-4204.