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,


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



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

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