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.
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.
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 Indonesia, Saudi 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 Schwartz, Barry Wanner, Betsy Ludwig, Boston Park Plaza, Brad Rendle, Bridgewater State University, Charles White, Christine Cloonan, Claudia Evans, Cody Damon, Colin Sygrove, Creelea Pangara, Danielle Duplin, David Chosiad & Paula Thompson, David Kuenzi, Fiona Clancy, Heather O'Brien, James Moore, Jim Kaddaras, Joanne Reilly, John Payne, Joseph Antebi, Kenneth Vacovec, Kevin Smith, Larry Post, Majorie Bride, Margery and Rick Blume, Matthew Torrey, Michaela Sanchez, Nancy Smith, Nathanael Brayton, Nicholas Schiarizzi, Ramona Lunt, Ryan Migeed, Shahriar Khaksari, Stephen Freidberg, Stephen Taber, Suffolk University Government Department , Thomas Faulhaber, Vikrant Shah, Virgile Mahoro, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Wilson St. Pierre, Yvette 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope to see you soon.
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO