March 2022 at WorldBoston

March at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

The unprovoked, unjustified Russian attack on sovereign Ukraine boggles the mind and breaks the heart. Worse, as Fiona Hill said at our event the night before the invasion: “Buckle up.” This will be long and hard.

It will also be global. Such a massive disruption of the international order will have far-reaching consequences that will likely touch every region, and every international relationship, whether governmental, commercial, or other.

How will WorldBoston respond? First, and as always in a crisis, we will return to and renew our mission of fostering international engagement and global cooperation. Now is not the time for Americans to withdraw, or even to narrow our focus to this war alone: WorldBoston will continue to offer programming on many topics. Nor is it the time to neglect personal, global connections. While states may act unpardonably, no people should be demonized, or sanctified, either: Citizen diplomacy must go on, as we continue to share best practices and solutions with highly diverse visitors and interlocutors. 

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
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Saturday, March 5th
Bridgewater State University

This weekend, we host our annual Academic WorldQuest program, a fun, fast-paced global affairs competition for high school students.

We look forward to a competitive tournament among 11 teams from around Massachusetts. We will send the winning team on an all expenses paid trip to the National Competition, hosted by The World Affairs Councils of America in Washington DC. Good luck to all of our teams!

In-person and virtual
Registration coming soon!

In this eye-opening collection of immigrant trials, triumphs, and contributions, leading immigration lawyer Susan Cohen invites you to walk with her clients as they share their incredible journeys coming to America while overcoming unimaginable dangers and often heartbreaking obstacles abroad.

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

  1. Peter Sharadin
  2. Jim O’Connell
  3. Michael Ateek
  4. Nancy Graham
  5. Leslie Griffin
  6. Linda Cheatham
  7. Jonathan Dorfman
  8. George King
Monthly Prize Winner
When you take What in the World?, you are automatically entered into a raffle to win exclusive prizes. The more questions you get right, the better your odds are of winning. This month’s prize winner is:

Griffin Ursin

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

To learn more about Global Engagement, contact Natalie MaseManager of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.
Update – February 28, 2022

Due to current world events, the U.S. Department of State (DOS) has asked WorldBoston and our national international exchange network to pause public communication about DOS-funded exchange programs. We’re following this request. 

We encourage you to visit the DOS page, United with Ukraine, for policy updates and resources.
Rest assured, our Citizen Diplomacy team is still hard at work building international connections, across multiple projects.
As we plan our spring and summer Citizen Diplomacy programming, WorldBoston has implemented a vaccination requirement for all community resources who work with our international visitors. To learn more about this policy for in-person programs, please find our Covid-19 guidelines here.

We are thrilled to welcome to Boston a second in-person delegation from the Doha-basedQatar Leadership Centre in May! We look forward to connecting the delegates with our community and culture.

We are planning lots of exciting projects! Are you a potential client for a virtual or in-person international exchange program? We organize Custom Visitor Exchange programsto meet objectives of various clients — whether government or private. 

Contact Josh Bruno, to learn more.
Fletcher LIVE Online
Take advantage of this new partnership!

The Fletcher Experience, designed for professionals: After nearly a century of training diplomats and world leaders, The Fletcher School at Tufts University is pleased to offer Fletcher LIVE Online, a curated collection of online courses on today’s most critical leadership challenges. Join a small cohort of max. 30 fellow global professionals for 5 weeks of rigorous, interactive learning with Fletcher’s world-renowned faculty. 
Apply by May 1, 2022 | Courses run May-June 2022

Advanced Negotiation with Prof. Eileen Babbitt
Cyber Risk Management with Prof. Josephine Wolff
Updates From the Office
Rocky, our delightful sound system, has a new friend!

We now have another device to usher us back into the in-person world: the emergency phone. (“Phoney” doesn’t sound quite right …) We powered on this phone for the first time two years to host planned in-person groups. 
Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for updates!
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!
You are able to contribute to WorldBoston at no additional cost to you! If you shop at Amazon through this link or the AmazonSmile logo to the right, a portion of your purchase will be donated to WorldBoston. Bookmark our page today.
Welcome to last month’s new and returning WorldBoston members: Paul Stanislas and Urszula Wojciechowska. 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.

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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