May at WorldBoston
Dear Friends,Welcome to the new normal — as of right now, anyway.As you may have noticed, WorldBoston is responding to pandemic conditions by creating new kinds of programming, all virtual. We’re also bringing our networks to you — offering you insight to key virtual programs around the country. Below you’ll see an array of upcoming opportunities. And more will be on the way. Then at some point, we’ll adapt to another version of normal. As we say around here, the programs change, but the mission persists.How striking are this community’s need for connection and its dedication to international engagement. We feel the same way at WorldBoston, as evidenced by the rockstar remote efforts of our super staff. The community has been joining in on our programming in great numbers, and we thank you for your participation, membership, and if you can help, your financial support. This is a difficult time for many, but we keep on hearing the call of the WorldBoston mission: to foster international engagement and global cooperation.We really hope to see you soon.
Mary P. YntemaPresident & CEO
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Putting the World Back Together marks the first time Councils across the country will gather virtually for a special, inclusive Ideas Summit, under a new brand: CxC: Amplified. Our collective programming – virtual events, conversations, debates, and engagement opportunities – on one platform aims to meet this historic moment with unity, leadership, and dialogue.
Thursday, May 7th3:00-4:00 PM ETAs a feature of the CxC Amplified: Putting the World Back Together Summit, we are partnering with the WGBH Forum Network to host Dr. Meghan O’Sullivan to discuss how the coronavirus has wreaked havoc on oil markets and global energy.
Dr. Meghan O’SullivanProfessor of the Practice of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
WorldBoston’s International Exchange in a Time of Isolation series will also be featured in the Summit on Tuesday, May 5th. See below for more details.
As promised in last month’s newsletter, we have developed a new kind of citizen diplomacy experience: a virtual series, International Exchange in a Time of Isolation. With hosting international leaders in our community paused for now, we created an approximately weekly virtual series on Tuesdays to engage our members, dinner diplomats, local resources, and program alumni. In case you missed our first two, you can view them on our renewed YouTube channel.
International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna Beatriz Perez demonstrates how to cook a Spanish Omelet and shares about Spanish culture from her kitchen in Madrid.
Join us TODAY as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo by having a discussion on the effects of COVID-19 in Mexico! The discussion will be facilitated by the Consul General of Mexico to Boston, Alberto Fierro, and include two Mexican alumni of WorldBoston’s exchange program in 2018, the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI).
Update from the Office
Congratulations to Custom Visitors Program Intern Liam Martin for graduating from Suffolk University with a bachelor’s degree in Government and congratulations to Program Coordinator Megan McCarthy for graduating from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Affairs!
MembershipWelcome to last month’s new and returning WorldBoston members: John Archibald, Amy Bayer, Jeri Bayer, Sarah Bayer, Valy Bayer, Fiona Creed, Matthew Findlay, Stephen Jeffries, Katherine Judge, Nathan Shapiro, Michaela Tobin, Luciana Vosniak, and Rockford Weitz. Thank you, we appreciate your support!
Don’t forget to check your inbox every Friday for “WorldBoston Recommends” as we continue to recommend virtual events for the following week.
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.