March 2023 at WorldBoston

March at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

“Feel free,” that very American idiom, could be something of a slogan this month at WorldBoston.

  • You may have heard that your first ticket to Chat & Chowder is now free. 
  • We just got rid of membership dues.
  • And on top of our regular free offerings, early next month, a really big one, The State of the State Department. On the incredibly timely topic of Baltic security.

So what is going on here? It's not like we have bountiful funding at WorldBoston. (Hah! — we struggle just like every other nonprofit.)

It's that we believe in our mission, and we believe in you. Our mission is to foster (not maintain) engagement in international affairs and global cooperation. Which means we want to make getting involved easy. And we believe that you will more than ever want to support that mission with your financial contribution, which is now fully-tax-deductible, and will get you the recognition you deserve. (See below for more information.)

So, well, feel free to get involved — and to support this work!

We hope to see you soon.

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

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Updates from the Office

As you may know, WorldBoston's mission is “to foster international engagement and global cooperation,” and, coming out of the pandemic, we are taking a new approach to fulfilling this mission.

We have decided to phase out the concept of membership to allow the broadest possible audience both to contribute to and benefit from our global engagement and citizen diplomacy work. With no dues requirement, we hope to remove a potential obstacle to getting involved in our community, and to throw open the doors to all those who believe in and wish to help us advance our vital mission.

Donations and sponsorship remain critical to our work! And we thank our membership base for many years of support. Members have now joined our circle of “Community Supporters,” and all small donors (between $25 and $1,000) will continue to be recognized annually on our website here. We encourage you to become a Community Supporter by making a fully tax-deductible donation. Or consider becoming a sponsor: As always, sponsorships are open to both individuals and organizations, and start as low as $1000.

Our hope is that eliminating membership dues will promote greater access to our work. A more inclusive WorldBoston is a more effective one.

Global Famine

Wednesday, March 22, 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Virtual Event on Zoom

Fears of global food shortages have followed Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted grain shipments from the major grain producer. But what about countries and regions that were suffering before this impending shortage? How is famine defined, and how is it different from simple food shortages? What if any remedies are there?

Join us for a virtual discussion of this important topic when we host Kimberly Flowers, international development consultant and former Director of Global Food Security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Alex de Waal, Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation.


Registration is OPEN for Academic WorldQuest, our annual international affairs knowledge competition for high school students. Join us on Saturday, March 25th, at Bunker Hill Community College for this fun and engaging way to test your global insight.

Mark you calendars on Monday, April 3rd, for our annual State of the State Department program. Stay tuned for more information and registration coming soon!

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

  1. Robert Harrington
  2. Daniel Lyon
  3. Ann Shaughnessy
  4. Laura Cinelli
  5. Tom Ebling
  6. Luz Fernandez
  7. Leslie Griffin
  8. Derek Lumpkins
  9. Paul McManus
  10. Terry Quist

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:

ShaLane Reeves-Torkelson

Miss Something?

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

Week of January 30

Week of February 6

Week of February 13

Week of February 20

Week of February 27

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


February featured hands-on exchange among our Citizen Diplomacy staff. An IVLP group of higher education professionals from across the MENA region met with the cooperative education program at Northeastern University, and WorldBoston's very own co-ops on staff, Mytreyi Sureshkumar and Mae Lynds, offered their perspectives as students currently in the co-op program.

Additionally, our Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy Sarah Sibley visited the U.S. Embassy in London to engage with staff who are integral to the selection of IVLP participants. Sarah had the opportunity to attend a reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence.

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

Promoting Cybersecurity

A Multi-Regional Project

Women in Politics and Civil Society

A Multi-Regional Project

Building Capacity in People with Disabilities (PWD) Community

A Project for India

Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation in the U.S.

A Project for India

Advocacy Through Social Media

A Project for the Near East and North Africa

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

On Saturday, February 25th, WorldBoston hosted the first Fulbright cultural enrichment event of the new year. The scholars and their families braved the cold weather to gather at Estella, a black-owned restaurant in downtown Boston, for family-friendly games and networking.

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.

Check your inbox every Friday for WorldBoston Recommends – our staff picks for high-quality virtual programs on global topics in the coming week.

Missed any of our recent events? You can find video recordings of our events on our YouTube channel! Below are links to recent events:

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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!
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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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