February at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

February and March are busy at WorldBoston on both "sides of our house," Global Education and Citizen Diplomacy.  Read on to find out what's new, and how you can get involved.


Global Education

WorldBoston kicked off the month with a thought-provoking and enjoyable dinner talk on Feb. 1 by H.E. Elin Suleymanov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan, held together with the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations. 

Two outstanding events are still to come.  On February 26, renowned commentator and Fletcher School dean Adm. James Stavridis returns to WorldBoston, with his book Sea Power at Chat & Chowder

So, what is Chat & Chowder, anyway?  Have a look here, and join us at a casual and friendly session designed to promote mingling and interaction with our community and speaker.

Then on February 27, a WorldBoston hosts a special event, "The State of the State Department" featuring Ambs. Nick Burns and Barbara Stephenson.  


Citizen Diplomacy

On February 1st, we welcomed our first IVLP group of the year, a big Multi-Regional Project of 29 people, focusing on "Education in the Digital Age", as well as a group from Kazakhstan. In March, IVLP groups include visitors from IndonesiaSaudi Arabia, and a Regional Project from Africa. Some of the topics they will address include journalism, the judiciary, and establishment of a moderate Islamic university.

This week, several WorldBoston staff head to Washington D.C. for the annual conference of our national citizen diplomacy affiliate, Global Ties U.S.  What happens to presentations by State officials if a shutdown begins February 8? TBD!


Update from the Office

Many thanks to new and returning WorldBoston members since September: 

Alan SchwartzBarry WannerBetsy LudwigBoston Park PlazaBrad RendleBridgewater State UniversityCharles WhiteChristine CloonanClaudia EvansCody DamonColin SygroveCreelea PangaraDanielle DuplinDavid Chosiad & Paula ThompsonDavid KuenziFiona ClancyHeather O'BrienJames MooreJim KaddarasJoanne ReillyJohn PayneJoseph AntebiKenneth VacovecKevin SmithLarry PostMajorie BrideMargery and Rick BlumeMatthew TorreyMichaela SanchezNancy SmithNathanael BraytonNicholas SchiarizziRamona LuntRyan MigeedShahriar KhaksariStephen FreidbergStephen TaberSuffolk University Government Department Thomas FaulhaberVikrant ShahVirgile Mahoro, Wentworth Institute of TechnologyWilson St. PierreYvette Morrill, and Zareen Khan

If you're 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