January 2023 at WorldBoston

January at WorldBoston

Dear friends,

Happy New Year from WorldBoston!

Welcoming a new year is a great time for reflection – sometimes, we get so caught up in the nitty gritty of programming that we lose sight of the big picture. A lot has taken place in these past 12 months. From critical global events to happenings right here in our city, we’re proud to serve as a convener and a resource for making sense of these changes.

2022 was also a whirlwind year at WorldBoston, from our return to in-person Global Engagement events in February, to new Citizen Diplomacy programs like the Career Connections seminar in October. We welcomed many people across many programs, whether virtually or in-person, in Boston or around the globe: audience members from 105 towns/cities in Massachusetts at 27 Global Engagement events, and 862 international visitors from 148 countries through our Citizen Diplomacy Programs. What a year!

2023 will feature more opportunities, and we invite you to kickstart the year with us this month. Take a look below for details about our International Affairs Book Swap and a Great Decisions on Biden’s Agenda (featuring two of our local Consuls General).

As always, we hope to see you soon.

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Chat & Chowder: International Affairs Book Swap

Tuesday, January 24, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

In-Person Event at Foley & Lardner LLP

At WorldBoston, international exchange usually involves visitors, but in this case, it involves books! Whether your New Year's resolution is to read more, or you’re getting an early start on spring cleaning, join us during our International Affairs Book Swap on January 24th.

In addition to passing along lightly used books you’re ready to contribute, you will have the chance to network with bibliophiles in WorldBoston’s community, enjoy light refreshments, and leave with a new-to-you book.


Great Decisions: Biden's Agenda

Thursday, January 26, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Virtual Event on Zoom

The Biden administration has inherited a challenging geopolitical landscape, with great power competition with China intensifying, multilateral cooperation weakening, and many other threats on the rise. How can the United States leverage its alliances with its North American neighbors to advance democratic leadership and the liberal international order? 

Join us to learn more about Biden’s agenda from the perspective of two of the U.S.’s strongest partners. We look forward to hosting Rodger Cuzner, Consul General of Canada in Boston, and Alberto Fierro Garza, Consul General of Mexico in Boston, for this discussion.


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

  1. Leslie Griffin
  2. John Perry
  3. Ann Shaughnessy
  4. Tom Ebling
  5. Robert Harrington
  6. Derek Lumpkins
  7. Terry Quist
  8. Peter Kalil
  9. 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:

Tamer Anis

Miss Something?

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

Week of November 28

Week of December 5

Week of December 12

Week of December 19

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


In December, WorldBoston facilitated a meeting with the Mayor’s Office of the City of Boston, representatives from the Boston Architectural College (BAC), and four representatives from the University of Baltistan, a university located in the northeast region of Skardu, Pakistan. The objective of the meeting was to learn about how the Boston government supports hotel tour operators and manages the large influx of visitors the city gets each year. Skardu has seen exponential growth in tourism over the last few years, and WorldBoston hopes that the visitors gained an understanding about the infrastructure needed to support the growing tourist population. We hope to collaborate further with the Boston Architectural College, and we thank the Mayor's Office for hosting this productive meeting.

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

Mental Health Resilience for Youth

Regional Project for the Near East and North Africa

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: Research and Investigation

Inter-Regional Project

Minority Participation in the Democratic Process

Regional Project for the Americas

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

College Sports in America: Boston College Basketball

In December, WorldBoston hosted the Fulbright Visiting Scholars and their families for an elite basketball matchup between Boston College and Stonehill College, located on the beautiful Boston College campus. Prior to the game, some of the scholars met to have a hot drink and network with one another. As a special treat, the scholars were welcomed to the game on the Jumbotron.

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.

Updates from the Office

The new year brings new faces to WorldBoston. This January, we're delighted to welcome three new staff members to the team — we look forward to working with them!

Mae Lynds is a second-year student at Northeastern University, where she studies International Affairs and Cultural Anthropology. Originally from Italy, she is passionate about intercultural exchanges and language learning. In her free time, she enjoys visiting museums, reading, and discovering Boston!

Mytreyi Sureshkumar is a second-year student at Northeastern University studying International Affairs and Economics. She enjoys learning about her community through service, and in her free time can be found reading or dancing. 

Léa Namouni is a recent graduate of Boston University, earning a BA in international relations with concentrations in international systems and Africa and the Middle East. She is looking to study international law next year. In her free time, she loves to draw and visit Boston's art museums! 

Welcome to last month's new and returning WorldBoston members: Charles White. Thank you, we appreciate your support!

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.
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