You may have noticed that WorldBoston has been removing obstacles to participation. We got rid of membership dues. We increased outreach to spread the word on our high-quality, free lecture series, Great Decisions. We made Chat & Chowder free of charge for first-timers.
Now, thanks to longtime WorldBoston supporter the Lowell Institute, this year Chat & Chowder will be free of charge. As in $0, every time, for everyone, for our highly-regarded series featuring essential authors on topics of global importance.
We are honored that the Lowell Institute has endorsed the quality and importance of these programs in this way. And we are grateful for the ability to provide them now free of charge.
We are also cognizant that we need to rely on the community to deliver our mission of fostering international engagement. That means participating, coming to events, engaging in discussion, encountering new ideas and perspectives. That also means, if you value these experiences, stepping up and paying — not because you have to, but just because it's important. Please consider paying what you can at the next Chat & Chowder.
We are thrilled to feature Gina McCarthy, former U.S. EPA Administrator and first-ever White House National Climate Advisor, at the 14th Annual Consuls Reception. Sponsorships, both by individuals and organizations, support this special program and are critical to WorldBoston's mission. Learn more about sponsorship on our website here, or email WorldBoston President Mary Yntema.
Our fall programming schedule is filling up! Be sure to check out our events calendar to view and register for upcoming events in September and October.
WorldBoston Event Reporting Opportunity
Interested in international affairs and journalism? Then volunteer to report on WorldBoston's Global Engagement events! We are seeking individuals to write a post about one of our public programs. The selected reporter will create an event recap for our website blog and amplified on social media. For more information and terms please email Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.
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 ourTwitter,Facebook, andInstagram 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.
Congratulations to the top scorers in July! They got nearly every question right on all quizzes. Our high scorers are:
In July, WorldBoston had the honor of welcoming back the annual special IVLP British-American Parliamentary Group. The five Members of Parliament (MPs) were treated to meetings at Harvard University’s Ash Center, the Massachusetts Office of Refugees and Immigrants, and with the Senate President at the Massachusetts State House. Additionally, the MPs enjoyed a guided visit to The Embrace Memorial, a cocktail reception at the British Consulate, and a sailing experience in Boston Harbor. Our sincere thanks to all of the high-level government officials, educators, and community leaders that made this annual summer tradition special.
Additionally in July, WorldBoston had the pleasure of hosting the Law Enforcement and Security Exchange Program (LESEP), a 25-person delegation from Mexico. The study tour’s focus was community policing and crime prevention programs, and it sought to expose participants to best practices in problem-oriented policing. The group met with local counterparts such as former Boston Police Commissioner Billy Evans, Joseph F. Janezic at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Crime Strategies Bureau, Reverend Jeffrey Brown of My City at Peace, Northeastern University scholar Dr. Jack Greene, and representatives from the Boston Police Department. The delegation also met with Alberto Fierro, the Consul General of Mexico in Boston, and visited Fenway Park, where they experienced a one-of-a-kind tour that included a walk on the field and a visit to the Red Sox dugout.
Updates from the Office
This August, we bid a fond farewell to two members of our Citizen Diplomacy team.
Jill Mulloy joined WorldBoston in January as IVLP Coordinator. In her time with WB, Jill has provided critical support for many international delegations and has been an invaluable part of the team. We are delighted that Jill will remain in Boston in the fall, as she begins her graduate studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Thank you, Jill!
Léa Namouni also joined the WorldBoston team in January as an Intern. Léa worked closely on many of our Custom Visitor Program during the spring, and, this summer, took on additional Citizen Diplomacy responsibilities by working on the IVLP as well. Léa heads to New York City in the fall to pursue a law degree at Columbia University. Best of luck, Léa!
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.