December 2022 at WorldBoston

December at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

Did the earth spin particularly fast this year?

In any case, it's December — always a good time to reflect. What internationally significant events stand out for you this year?

Many think Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February fundamentally changed the world order. As did, perhaps, the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Others are amazed by this fall's unprecedented unrest in Iran and recent anti-lockdown protests in China.

Looking at the big picture, remember the DART mission in September? Humans successfully diverted an asteroid, wow. Or just stay on your sofa — and join a huge party: 5 billion people are watching this year's World Cup in Qatar.

We did a lot with you and our visitors at WorldBoston this year, too. So let's round out 2022 together at Great Decisions with Rachel Kyte on December 14 and the biggest topic on earth, climate change.

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

P.S. Happy Holidays!

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Great Decisions with Rachel Kyte | Climate Change

Wednesday, December 14, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Hybrid Event at the Boston Public Library

The recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) put a global spotlight on one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change. What progress has the international community made, and how can we move forward? 

Join us for this timely discussion with Rachel Kyte, Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University, who recently returned from COP27. The program will feature expert remarks and firsthand insights from Dean Kyte, as well as live audience Q&A.

Following the lecture, we will host a networking session and resource fair featuring local climate organizations.

Are you a local climate organization interested in having a table at the resource fair? Email Natalie Mase at for more information.


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

  1. Raoul Alcala
  2. John Perry
  3. Werner Salinger
  4. Matthew Torrey
  5. Leslie Griffin
  6. William Levine
  7. ShaLane Reeves-Torkelson
  8. Ann Shaughnessy

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:

Don Leathe

Miss Something?

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

Week of October 31

Week of November 7

Week of November 14

Week of November 21

Week of November 28

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

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

Improving Monitoring and Management of Marine Ecosystems

Project for the Philippines

Emerging Technologies and Intelligent Solutions for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Project for Malta

Strengthening Cooperation on AI Policy, Regulation, and Research

Project for France

Bringing Equity to the Top: Fostering Diverse Leadership

Project for Japan

Managing Foreign Aid and Foreign Direct Investment

Multi-Regional Project

Climate Exchange: Adaptation & Justice

Project for the United Kingdom

As we return to in-person delegations, 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

WorldBoston’s Fulbright programming is back! On November 15th, WorldBoston kicked off the academic year with a Welcome Reception at Reevx Labs in Nubian Square. The Reception featured inspiring remarks by Professor Susan Akram, who was a Fulbright Scholar in 1999 and 2000. Professor Akram described her work at the Boston University Law School's International Human Rights Clinic, as well as her efforts to integrate refugees into new countries and societies around the world. The evening was also a great opportunity for the scholars to meet their peers, all of whom have made the long journey from their home countries to be with us in New England this year.

Five days later, the Fulbright Scholars traveled to Plymouth, Massachusetts, to attend “America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration” and parade, featuring floats designed by groups from all around the world. Following the parade, scholars visited the Plimoth Patuxet Museums, where they experienced live history exhibitions that bring to life the Plimouth Colony and the Indigenous homeland. The scholars were joined by the students participating in the Tomorrow’s Leaders Study Abroad program, recapped below.

Custom Visitor Programs

For the first time, WorldBoston hosted the State Department-sponsored “Tomorrow’s Leaders Study Abroad Program,” an educational experience for undergraduate students who come to U.S. universities for their semester abroad. During their stay in Boston, the students visited the “America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration” and Plimoth Patuxet Museums, completed a community service project with East Boston non-profit The Harbor Keepers, met with students at Algonquin Regional High School, and joined Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Institute fellow George “Chip” Greenidge for a discussion about economic development of urban cities and the impact of displacement and gentrification on its residents.

These materials are made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Department of State. The contents are the responsibility of FHI 360 and WorldBoston, Inc., and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of State or the United States Government.

Updates from the Office

December is a time for transition at WorldBoston. This month, we bid a fond farewell to three members of our team, all of whom are continuing their studies at Northeastern University.

This month Charles Lewis departs WorldBoston from his role as IVLP Coordinator. Charles originally joined our team in January 2022 as Program Associate for Citizen Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a position he held through Northeastern's Co-op program. After his co-op placement ended, we welcomed him back on board in September to focus specifically on our IVLP programming. He has been an integral part of our team, and we thank him for his hard work. In January, Charles heads to Taiwan to begin another exciting co-op placement. Best of luck, Charles!

Diego Maldonado joined our team in July as Program Associate for Citizen Diplomacy and Global Engagement, and he now returns to Northeastern University to continue his studies in International Affairs and Cultural Anthropology. He has been a key part of “both sides of the house” at WorldBoston, helping to bring international visitors to Boston, and assisting with events for our Greater Boston community. Thank you, Diego!

Diego Garcia also joined the WorldBoston team in July and has served as our Program Associate of Outreach for the past six months. He played a significant role in planning and executing our Global Engagement events, as well as reaching new members of our community throughout Boston. In January, he will continue his studies in International Affairs and Political Science at Northeastern. Thank you, Diego!

Welcome to last month's new and returning WorldBoston members: Claudia Evans and Richard Madden. Thank you, we appreciate your support!

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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.
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