May at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

Let's just say, never a dull moment. (Iran, North Korea, NAFTA, oh my.) 

In the world of international engagement, busy can be good: For example, this month our Citizen Diplomacy program hosts eight groups of international visitors, having hosted twelve in April, and our Global Education programs offer us all plenty (more!) to think about.

Global Education

After tonight's Chat & Chowder on the essential topic of ascendant India, featuring author Alyssa Ayres, next week Great Decisions takes on China's Grand Strategy, as Dan Blumenthal of American Enterprise Institute visits us on May 15 at the BPL. 

Save These June Dates

We wrap up the spring's Great Decisions series on June 12 with "Turkey: A Partner in Crisis", with Dr. Soner Sagaptay of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. And Chat & Chowder goes big picture on June 19 with the provocative Digital World War: Islamists, Extremists, and the Fight for Cyber Supremacy.

Update from the Office

This month we bid fond farewell to Thomas Luly, Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs, with thanks for his creative programming, advancing organizational effectiveness, and really silly jokes.  We also wish the best to Program Coordinator Cathy Tripp, multitasker extraordinaire -- and supplier of outstanding treats.  Thank you Tom and Cathy!

WorldBoston is Hiring!

We are hiring for the position of Manager of Operations and Global Education Programs.  This is an outstanding opportunity to grow a career in nonprofit management with an international focus. See here for more information. No telephone calls or inquiries, please.

Wait, Did You Miss Something?

Don't forget to check our News section for announcements and past newsletters.  And for the latest, be sure to follow us on Twitter @WorldBoston!

 

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

April at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

Word has it, spring is finally here! Whatever the weather, opportunities for international engagement are busting out all over this month at WorldBoston.

Extra, Extra!  Read all about it:   Keep up on WorldBoston news (and texts of previous newsletters) at our new "blog".  For example, our sellout February 27 special event, "The State of the State Department"  -- a fascinating conversation with Ambassadors Nicholas Burns and Barbara Stephenson -- is now available online for viewing, courtesy of the WGBH Forum Network

 

Global Education

Speaking of Nick Burns, he'll be back at WorldBoston on Monday, April 9 to introduce Daniel Kurtz-Phelan's new book, The China Mission. Hailed by Madeline Albright as a "vivid account of how diplomacy really works," The China Mission is the latest installment of our popular Chat & Chowder series, and we look forward to hearing from Kurtz-Phelan, who recently became the Executive Editor of Foreign Affairs
On Thursday, April 26, we welcome Dr. Susan Moeller to address the very hot topic, "Media and Foreign Policy" as part of WorldBoston's Great Decisions lecture series at the Boston Public Library. Dr. Moeller is Director of the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda (ICMPA) and Professor of Media & International Affairs at the University of Maryland, and authored the Great Decisions 2018 briefing book chapter on the topic. (You can reserve your half-price copy with Tom Luly, tluly@worldboston.org.)

Hats off to the International School of Boston on their first-place finish in the John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuestcompetition on March 24! The students won a trip to compete in the national high school competition in Washington, D.C. on April 28. Best of luck! Many thanks to our friends at Bridgewater State University for hosting another successful competition.

 

Citizen Diplomacy

Be a Citizen Diplomat and host an IVLP group for Dinner! Here's an exciting opportunity for an evening of diplomacy -- right in your own home!

A delegation from the Palestinian Territories will be in Boston April 17-21 focusing on "Diplomatic Protection and Security"

  • 7 visitors and 2 liaisons 
  • Some visitors will need interpretation, so visitors can be split into two groups
  • any evening from Tuesday, April 17 through Friday, April 20

Dinner diplomacy entails hosting visitors for dinner, which provides them with invaluable cultural insight.  Any kind of household, traditional or unique, makes a great dinner diplomacy venue!

Please respond at your earliest convenience. This is a crucial time to serve as a citizen diplomat! Thank you for your consideration and hospitality,

Sarah Sibley

Director, Citizen Diplomacy Programs

Email: ssibley@worldboston.org

Office: (617) 542-8995

 

Update from the Office

Thanks to new and returning WorldBoston members:  John and Jean Reagan, Tsoleen Sarian, Joshua Stowell, and Bayeh Tesfaye. 

Not a member yet? We hope you will consider joining.  For inquiries, please contact our membership coordinator, Lorraine Goldstein, at lgoldstein@worldboston.org

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

March at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

As turbulent as our remarkable (!) recent weather, international events this year make your involvement with WorldBoston especially timely.  Join in our upcoming events and in opportunities for you to be a citizen diplomat.

 

Global Education

The end of February saw a sell-out WorldBoston crowd at Boston Public Library's Rabb Hall for our special event,

The State of the State Department, featuring Ambassadors Barbara Stephenson and Nick Burns.  Check the WGBH Forum Network WorldBoston page for a video to be posted soon.

A perfect followup?  Return to Rabb Hall with us on March 14 for our Great Decisions session on U.S. Global Engagement And The Militarywith Maj. General (Ret.) Bill Rappnewly-arrived at Harvard's Kennedy School.  This is a time of fundamental change in U.S. defense, per Secretary Maddis' new strategy announced in January. What will U.S. international military engagement look like in the future?

Some historical perspective?  Save the date for the April 9 Chat & Chowder  featuring The China Mission: George Marshall's Unfinished War in a special conversation with author Daniel Kurtz-Phelan.

And here comes  

Academic WorldQuest!

On March 24 high school teams from all over Mass. gather at Bridgewater State University for this fun global knowledge competition, a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America.The victors win a free trip to Washington to compete in the national event.  Good luck to all the amazing competitors!  Special thanks to venue host Bridgewater and the John H. Carlson Fund.

A Great Decision -- a good read

Do you know about the Great Decisions briefing book?  It's a superior resource published by the Foreign Policy Association, and we sell them at half price!  You can reserve your copy with Tom Luly, tluly@worldboston.org

 

Citizen Diplomacy

New Dinner Diplomacy Opportunity with IVLP

Here's an exciting opportunity for an evening of diplomacy -- right in your own home!

A delegation from India will be in Boston March 22-26 focusing on "Furthering the U.S-India Relationship through Higher Education"

  • 4 visitors and 1 liaison 
  • Saturday, March 24 or Sunday, March 25

Dinner diplomacy entails hosting visitors for dinner in your home, which provides them with invaluable understanding of real Americans.  Any kind of household, traditional or unique, makes a great dinner diplomacy venue!

Please respond at your earliest convenience if you can assist in making this a special visit for our visitors from India. This is a crucial time to serve as a citizen diplomat!

Thank you for your consideration and hospitality,

Sarah Sibley

Director, Citizen Diplomacy Programs

WorldBoston

Email: ssibley@worldboston.org

Office: (617) 542-8995

 

Update from the Office

Thanks to new and returning WorldBoston members:  Joseph Milano, Joanne Zitek, Christian Halby, Elizabeth Welch, Matthew Blum, Ryan Migeed.

Not a member yet? We hope you will consider joining.  For inquiries, please contact our membership coordinator, Lorraine Goldstein, at lgoldstein@worldboston.org

A word about attendance: It's a great courtesy to our venue hosts and our limited staff to register early for our events.  And once you register, your attendance is also very appreciated.  Avoiding no-shows helps in future event planning, and helps insure you don't inadvertently take the spot of another WorldBoston community member. Thanks!

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO