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