August 2023 at WorldBoston

August at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

A good thing just got better.

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.

WorldBoston must continue to raise money to sustain our work, and to find new sources of support in order to deliver greater impact. As we enter into fundraising season, we encourage everyone to consider supporting WorldBoston by means of sponsoring the Consuls Reception on October 19, featuring a most timely speaker, Gina McCarthy, former U.S. EPA Administrator and first-ever White House National Climate Advisor under President Biden. Sponsorships start as low as $1000, and ensure that your commitment to international engagement is recognized at the event — and throughout the year. Sponsorships also ensure that we can continue to deepen and broaden our work as an independent, nonpolitical nonprofit organization committed to excellent programming. 

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

P.S. Soon, like, August 24? Get the most out of the season, and join our last summer networking session, “Speak Up! An Evening of Languages and Networking” at the cool new Foundry space in Cambridge. All are welcome.

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As a non-profit organization, WorldBoston relies on community support to accomplish our mission: Foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation between people of all nations.

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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.


More than 7,000 languages are spoken around the world (not to mention 74 in the city of Boston) — including yours!

Monoglots and polyglots alike are invited to this informal evening celebrating world languages. Join us to network, enjoy light refreshments, and … speak!

Join us on August 24th, in-person at The Foundry in Cambridge. Advance registration is required.


But wait… there's more!

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.

Be sure to check out our recent Event Recaps!

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 July! They got nearly every question right on all quizzes. Our high scorers are:

  1. Nancy Graham
  2. Daniel Lion
  3. Matthew Torrey
  4. Henry Brier
  5. David Douglas
  6. Leslie Griffin
  7. Jim O'Connell
  8. Steve Shinkel

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:

John Perry

Miss Something?

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

Week of July 3

Week of July 10

Week of July 17

Week of July 24

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


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.

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

21st Century ChangeMakers: Countering Disinformation among Older Adults

A Regional Project for Europe

Higher Education in the United States: Innovation and Opportunities for Partnership

 A Single Country Project for Mexico

Minority Community Advocacy

 A Single Country Project for Hungary

Advocating for Democracy

 A Single Country Project for Belarus

Strengthening Government Communications Capacity

 A Single Country Project for Kazakhstan

Enhancing Japanese Bioeconomy Commercialization

 A Single Country Project for Japan

Preventing and Confronting Domestic Abuse and Violence 

A Single Country Project for Morocco

Transparency and Accountability

 A Single Country Project for Peru

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

Custom Visitor Programs

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!

WorldBoston Is Hiring!

We are seeking applicants for our Citizen Diplomacy Programs Internship, running from September through December. The intern will play a crucial role in our programming and will gain hands-on experience working on our Custom Visitor Programs and the U.S. Department of State-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program. Learn more on our website. The deadline to apply is August 17th.

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

Missed any of our recent events? You can find video recordings of our events on our YouTube channel! Below are links to recent events:

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Thank you to our partners at GBH Forum Network, who edit and publish many of WorldBoston's recordings. Be sure to check out their YouTube Channel and video archives!

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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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