April 2023 at WorldBoston

April at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

Every April, colorful flowers somehow always slightly surprise us — including the daffodils which

commemorate the terrible events of the 2013 Marathon, and also offer hope of renewal.

For lots of people April in Boston simply means the Marathon — a great example, by the way, of

“the World in Boston”, with runners from 100 different countries expected this year.

No one who was here in 2013 will forget those days, including so many in the WorldBoston

community, like first responders whose actions are now studied internationally, diplomats who

rushed to locate and help their constituents, the many injured runners and spectators, and

those who just glued ourselves to the news and wondered, could this be happening here?

Boston and the Marathon had some more tough times together since then. Three pandemic-

era marathons will forever show asterisks. But this year's marathon is back up to pre-pandemic

size. Hotels are already blacked out, and supporters are planning to attend and cheer

themselves hoarse.

Others might choose a nerdier way to spend April 17, commemorating another very local and

very globally significant event, in 1775.

Happy Patriots Day, friends.

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

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On April 3rd, we hosted our annual special event, The State of the State Department & Baltic Security, and had the honor of discussing this timely topic with Ambassador Audra Plepyte of Lithuania, Ambassador Kristjan Prikk of Estonia, Ambassador Maris Selga of Latvia, and Ambassador Paula Dobriansky.

We thank our speakers for an excellent discussion, and our partners for helping make this program possible: the Lowell Institute, the Boston Public Library, GBH Forum Network, and the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

James Cronin on Fragile Victory: The Making and Unmaking of Liberal Order

Thursday, April 20, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Hybrid Event at Foley & Lardner LLP

How does the history of liberal order and democratic politics since the 1930s explain ongoing threats to democracy and international order? Join us when we host James Cronin, Research Professor at Boston College and Associate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, to discuss the liberal order, democratic values, and more.


Academic WorldQuest

On March 25th, we hosted our annual Academic WorldQuest competition for Massachusetts high school students at Bunker Hill Community College.

Congratulations to Lexington High School for coming in first place! WorldBoston will send the team to Washington, DC for the World Affairs Councils of America's National Competition on April 28th and 29th. We're rooting for our home team!

What in the World?

Our What in the World? weekly quiz is a collection of 10 questions designed to test your knowledge of international affairs and current events. Every Monday, a new quiz is posted on our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram stories. If you would like to receive the quiz by email, please contact Natalie Mase to be added to our What in the World? mailing list. The quiz can also always be found in WorldBoston Recommends, our weekly Friday newsletter.

Trivia Trail-Blazers

Congratulations to the top scorers in March! They got nearly every question right on all quizzes. Our high scorers are:

  1. Glenn Fernandes
  2. Leslie Griffin
  3. Ann Shaughnessy
  4. Peter Kalil
  5. Terry Quist
  6. Matthew Torrey
  7. Raoul Alcala
  8. David Douglas
  9. Tom Ebling
  10. William Levine

Monthly Prize Winner

When you take What in the World?, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win exclusive prizes. This month's prize winner is:

Susan Glovsky

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If you missed a quiz or would like to retake one, click on the links below.

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To learn more about Global Engagement, contact Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.


Last week, several of WorldBoston’s Citizen Diplomacy team members went to Washington, DC for the annual Global Ties U.S. National Meeting. Our President & CEO Mary Yntema, Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy Sarah Sibley, and Director of Citizen Diplomacy Programs Josh Bruno traveled to update the national network of 90+ local organizations on the state of our Citizen Diplomacy work in Boston. Mary, Sarah, and Josh also had the opportunity to connect with counterparts from around the country to share best practices, to learn about various U.S. Department of State initiatives, to attend plenary sessions on Diversity Equity Inclusion and Accessibility and volunteerism, and to explore future funding opportunities.

While in our nation’s capital, they also had the chance to meet with the Massachusetts Senate and House offices of Senator Ed Markey, Representative Jim McGovern, Representative Lori Trahan, Representative Bill Keating, and Representative Jake Auchincloss to thank them for their support of citizen diplomacy initiatives funded by the Department of State. It was an inspiring conference that left us motivated for the work ahead.

This April, WorldBoston hosts seven in-person projects through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

Sustainable Cities

A Multi-Regional Project

Cooperative Efforts in Combating Transnational Crime

 A Project for Kyrgyz Republic

IPR Enforcement and Protection in the United States

A Project for the People's Republic of China

Strengthening Cyber Resilience in Cities and Regional Communities

A Project for France

Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy

A Project for Laos

Combating Trafficking in Persons

A Project for Mali

Building a Coordinated Societal Response to Counter the Online Sexual Exploitation of Children

A Project for Philippines

We welcome your thoughts and ideas for in-person programming. If you have suggestions, please contact Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy, Sarah Sibley.

Fulbright Visiting Scholars Program

At the end of April, we look forward to hosting the Fulbright Visiting Scholars and their families to volunteer at a beach cleanup with The Harborkeepers. Following the beach cleanup, Scholars will learn about Coastal Stewardship from The Harborkeepers’ President & CEO. Last year during a similar event, Scholars removed an impressive 146 pounds of trash from the shoreline. This year, we hope to exceed that amount!

International visitors often mention to us their surprise that the United States has a very strong sense of volunteerism. It’s always a pleasure to share this aspect of American culture.

This Fulbright Enrichment activity is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and WorldBoston.

Check your inbox every Friday for WorldBoston Recommends – our staff picks for high-quality virtual programs on global topics in the coming week.

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The International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program and WorldBoston's main citizen diplomacy partner. Launched in 1940, the IVLP is a professional exchange program that seeks to build mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through carefully designed short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. These visits reflect the International Visitors' professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.
The U.S. Department of State's bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administers the IVLP. In doing so, the bureau enters cooperative agreements with National Program Agencies, a group of private, not-for-profit organizations based in Washington, D.C., that design and implement national IVLP itineraries. In addition to the National Program Agencies, the IVLP relies on the commitment and skills of local community organizations across the U.S., known as Community Based Members (CBMs). Under the professional association of Global Ties U.S., local CBM members develop professional programs, arrange cultural activities, and provide home hospitality for international visitors.
WorldBoston is part of the Global Ties Network of more than 90 CBMs in 45 states.
WorldBoston is a member of the World Affairs Councils of America,
a network of more than 90 independent Councils in more than 40 states.

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