July 2021 at WorldBoston

July at WorldBoston
Dear Friends,

A penny for your thoughts?

Oh no, dear reader, your thoughts mean the world to us. 

But since the planet is beyond our budget, we offer you a chance to win a copy of this month’s Chat & Chowder book, When the Stars Begin to Fall in return for filling out our programming survey, below.

We wish we had a nickel — or a penny — for every time someone has said “hybrid programs” in past weeks. The truth is, no one really knows how we will gather as a community in coming months. We all want to be together, and to be safe. And we’ve also learned about the positive benefits of remote programming, beyond safety.

We will surely have some remote and some in-person events in coming months. So let us know what you think.

As for this summer, we can tell you that Citizen Diplomacy programs remain virtual. (And incredibly creative: like, a drone tour of Fenway! See below.)

Global Engagement programs, as usual, will take a summer break, following our July Chat book talk. Then, also per usual, we’ll have some fun with summer networking — internationally flavored, of course — remotely in August and live (yay!) in September.

One way or another, we will see you soon. Happy Independence Day!
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

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When the Stars Begin To Fall makes a compelling, ambitious case for a pathway to the national solidarity necessary to mitigate racism. Weaving memories of his own and his family’s multi-generational experiences with racism, alongside strands of history, into his elegant narrative, Johnson posits that a blueprint for national solidarity can be found in the exceptional citizenship long practiced in Black America. Understanding that racism is a structural crime of the state, he argues that overcoming it requires us to recognize that a color-conscious society—not a color-blind one—is the true fulfillment of the American Promise.
Theodore R. Johnson is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, where he undertakes research on race, politics, and American identity. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, he was a National Fellow at New America and a Commander in the United States Navy, serving for twenty years in a variety of positions, including as a White House Fellow in the first Obama administration and as speechwriter to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. His work on race relations has appeared in prominent national publications across the political spectrum.
Visit his website here. 

Following the presentation and Q&A with the author, please join us for our post-“Chat” Chat, an informal forum in which participants can share thoughts on the event topic. For this post-“Chat” Chat, we are delighted to be joined by Lt. Colonel Enoch Woodhouse, Boston native and Tuskegee Airman.

The Zoom link to join the post-“Chat” Chat will be provided during the Chat & Chowder webinar.

We’ve extended the deadline for our Programming Survey to Monday, July 12th. As we plan for the summer and fall, we want to ask our community for input, both on options for virtual summer networking, and general feelings toward resuming in-person programs. Five lucky survey respondents will be randomly chosen to receive our July Chat & Chowder book, When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America. Put your email at the end of the survey to enter the drawing!
To learn more about Global Engagement, contact Natalie Mase, Manager of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.
WorldBoston marked Juneteenth with a virtual keynote presentation for an IVLP group from across Africa focused on human and civil rights for marginalized communities. We had the joy of connecting these virtual visitors to WorldBoston friend, Reverend Jeffrey Brown of Twelfth Baptist Church, who leads RECAP, My City At Peace, and King Boston. Rev. Brown shared his deep insights on racism in Boston from decades of community work. The two-way exchange provided hope from how far we have come and inspiration for how far we have to go.
Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program
As the official New England cultural enrichment host, WorldBoston facilitates virtual events for the Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Program. 18 scholars representing 13 countries currently live and work in New England. They are completing their scholarly work at prestigious institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, among others.
In June, WorldBoston hosted:
  • A virtual visit to the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. This event provided scholars a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about this progressive and multi-faceted institution that works globally to provide children and young adults who are blind or deafblind the education, confidence, and skills needed to achieve their full potential. Participants learned from the school’s research librarian about the founding of the institution in 1829 and the global partnerships that the school has worldwide.
  • A guided tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. This exclusive tour, which was led by Museum Educator Marcia Stein-Adams, provided Fulbright Visiting Scholars with the opportunity to experience Boston’s prestigious art museum exhibits and learn about the ways American institutions become involved in the community in which they are located. Scholars also had the opportunity to observe prominent paintings in the museum and learn about Isabella Gardner herself.
In July, WorldBoston will host:
  • A virtual tour of America’s Ballpark, Fenway Park. Major League Baseball staff will perform a unique drone video tour of the ballpark while a narration of the ballpark’s features will be heard in the background. The drone footage will be followed by a fun trivia competition hosted by a Fenway Park staff member. This event will provide scholars with an experience of Boston’s prestigious and historic baseball park and learn why baseball is so central in American culture and values. 
  • A unique opportunity to learn more about New England’s maritime experience with a virtual tour of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut. The Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum, founded in 1929 with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” This event will also serve as the national farewell event for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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.

With the U.S. Department of State instituting a hold on in-person exchange programming for the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) through December 2021, we remain committed to welcoming virtual delegations. A warm thank you to all of our local citizen diplomats for joining us in this endeavor. Here’s who is “visiting” in July:

Regional Project for Eastern Europe

Regional Project for Africa
We are looking for new ideas for virtual cultural activities, especially seasonal options. If you have any, please contact our VP for Citizen Diplomacy, Sarah Sibley.
Custom Visitor Programs

Have an idea for virtual international exchange? We do Custom Visitor Exchange programming to meet objectives of various clients – whether government, private, etc. Contact Josh Bruno, Manager of Citizen Diplomacy Programs, to learn more.
Updates From the Office

This month, we’re very excited to welcome two new students from Northeastern University’s cooperative education program. Shannon Murphy joins WorldBoston as a Program Associate of Outreach. Shannon is from Massachusetts and a third-year student at Northeastern University, where she studies International Affairs and Environmental Studies.  
Taylor Kimbrough also joins WorldBoston as Program Associate of Citizen Diplomacy & Global Engagement Programs. Originally from New York, Taylor is currently a senior at Northeastern earning her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with minors in Chinese and Business Administration. She is also an alumna of the US Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth in China and most recently completed her Boren Scholarship from the Department of Defense this summer in Taiwan. 
We’re also excited to greet Yasmine Tebib, who joins us as an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Intern. She is Algerian and grew up in Muscat, Oman. At Suffolk University, she studies International Relations with a minor in Women Gender Studies, and is President of the Arab Student Association.
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Corps Corner
WorldBoston celebrates the persistent work of Boston’s local diplomatic and representative corps. In the “Corner” we note recent arrivals and departures of senior members. Colleagues in the corps – please contact Natalie Mase if you have a recent item to report! 
Welcome to last month’s new and returning WorldBoston members: Jeanne & Regina Regis, Bryan Stevens, Patricia Tobin, Robert Worth, and Jack Perenick. Thank you, we appreciate your support! 
WorldBoston Recommends!
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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