March 2020 at WorldBoston

March at WorldBoston
Dear Friends,

March is a big month for women globally. March 8th is International Women’s Day, an official holiday in 27 countries (although not in the U.S.). March is also Women’s History Month in the U.S. At WorldBoston in March, our work in both Global Engagement and Citizen Diplomacy includes events focusing on women.

Our Global Engagement programming this month features two unique special events: Women in Diplomacy, with several of Boston’s senior women diplomats, and our signature The State of the State Department program in collaboration with Amb. Nicholas Burns of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Future of Diplomacy Project and featuring Amb. Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the E.U. to the U.S. Also coming up, Great Decisions on March 11th features former Ambassador of Chile to China Jorge Heine on “China’s Road into Latin America.” See Global Engagement below for more information on the events and registration links. 

On the Citizen Diplomacy side of the house this month, we host a “Women’s Political Power” International Visitor Leadership Program delegation from India, among other groups. You can help welcome them by hosting visitors in your home as a Dinner Diplomat. (See below to register.)

A historical note: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which recognized women’s right to vote in the U.S. Also worth noting is the World Economic Forum’s 2018 finding that, globally, women make 63% of what men earn. By the WEF calculation, at the current rate, that gap would take 202 years to close. So, two down and just 200 hundred to go?!

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
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As the Trump administration continues to withdraw from the world stage, China is looking to fill the void. How does Latin America fit into China’s “One Belt, One Road” plan? How will the relationship with China affect the region? Should the U.S. be concerned about China’s growing “sphere of influence?”

Wednesday, March 11th with Ambassador Jorge Heine. 

Amb. Jorge Heine
Former Ambassador of Chile to China, 
Research Professor atFrederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies
In honor of International Women’s Day, join us for this engaging special event. The panel will feature HM Consul General of the United Kingdom to New England, Harriet Cross; Consul General of Germany to the New England States, Nicole Menzenbach; and Consul General of Turkey to Boston, Ceylan Özen Erişen. They’ll reflect on their own experiences and on challenges and opportunities for women in the field of diplomacy. The conversation will continue during networking with light refreshments. 

The event is presented in partnership with Hostelling International USA.
Monday, March 16th. 
The State of the State Department & Transatlantic Diplomacy 

RSVP for WorldBoston’s signature annual special event: The State of the State Department & Transatlantic Diplomacy. This year we will feature Former U.S Ambassador to NATO, and Professor at Harvard Kennedy School of Government Nicholas Burns; and Ambassador of the European Union to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis. 

Join us Tuesday, March 24th at the Boston Public Library. 
Teams are signing up now: What are you waiting for?

Academic WorldQuest is the World Affairs Councils of America’s flagship youth education program. It’s a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures.

This year’s statewide competition will take place on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at Bridgewater State University. Teams consist of four students, and schools can register more than one team. The agenda includes food, fun, and a special tour of Bridgewater State University.

The winning team receives a free trip to Washington, D.C. represent Massachusetts in the National Competition!

Want to be directly involved in our Citizen Diplomacy mission work? Become a Dinner Diplomat today! Travel the world at your own table, make meaningful connections with international visitors, and represent our community within the comfort of your own home. 

To learn more about our upcoming or previous international visitors, click here!
English Teaching at Vocational Education Centers

Women’s Political Power: Negotiating Space at the Decision Makers’ Table

Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists – New and Traditional Broadcast Media I

Multi-regional project
American Language and Multicultural Diversity

Multi-regional project
To learn more about Citizen Diplomacy, contact Sarah Sibley, Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy Programs
Update from the Office
Summer Internship

We are hiring! WorldBoston seeks two Interns to join our Citizen Diplomacy Programs team from May 2020 to the end of August 2020. We have opportunities open for an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Intern and a Custom Visitor Program (CVP) Intern. Please refer to our website for further details. No inquiries, please.


Welcome to last month’s new and returning WorldBoston members: Dale Masi, Joseph A. Milano, Kevin Bean, Martha Chayet, and Paul Stanislas. Thank you, we appreciate your support! 

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The recent emergence of trade wars, national security considerations, and rising pressure on immigration point to a new international environment of “turning inwards.” Have we reached “Peak Globalism?” If so, what is the potential impact to the “man on the street” from Kansas to Kumamoto? Join us in discussing these questions with our distinguished speakers.

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International Women’s Day: Tiger Girl Screening

The MFA screens the 1954 classic Tiger Girl in honor of International Women’s Day — historically celebrated more prominently (but also quite differently) in the USSR and in post-Soviet countries than in western Europe or the US. Followed by a Q and A with David Patterson, professor of Music, UMass Boston; and Anna Winestein, executive director, Ballets Russes Arts Initiative. 

By: The Museum of Fine Arts in partnership with the Ballets Russes Arts Initiative

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Climate Change, Survival, and Deepening Our Humanity

Award-winning musician and Emerson College artist-in-residence Toshi Reagon appears in conversation with the Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, founding pastor of the New Roots AME Church. Co-presented in conjunction with the citywide read of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower and in association with ArtsEmerson, New Roots Church and the Boston Public Library.  

By: The JFK Presidential Library and Museum

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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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