November 2023 at WorldBoston

November at WorldBoston
Dear Friends,

Wait, November?!

Don’t panic: As you’ll see below, there’s still time for lots of compelling programming through the end of this year at WorldBoston.

There’s also time for you to show your support in 2023. Even though the Consuls Reception is over you can still sponsor: After all, benefits last all the way until the next Consuls Reception, in fall 2024.

And — pay attention, friends — you can still become a Community Supporter, for a donation as small as $25. And you can still capture one of these first-ever, limited edition, so-very-stylish 2023 pins to show your support for nonpartisan international affairs programming.
Remember? No more membership dues, or even ticket prices on our regular events. Yay!

So to make this new system work, now is the time — for you, that is. Maybe this week, you’ll kick in what you used to pay for Chat & Chowder, or make a donation at the end of this year. (Which, um, sorry, actually is coming right up.)

We hope to see you soon.
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
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Community Supporters
Now more than ever, WorldBoston relies on the support of sponsors and community members to fulfill our mission. As you may know, this year we have eliminated membership dues and ticket prices for our regular Global Engagement events. We hope both to improve access to our programs and to grow the support of people like you who value high-quality, nonpartisan international programming. 

Donors who contribute $25 – $999 are now proudly recognized on our website as Community Supporters. And as in the past, donors of $1,000 and above enjoy year-round sponsorship benefits; see a current listing of our generous sponsors here.

Below are new Community Supporters this fall — we thank them and hope that you will join! You can make a tax-deductible donation on our website at any time.

Sally and Bruce Arnold, Janet Ghattas, Jay Jinseop Jang, Catherine Mannick, Yolanda Perez-Shulman, and Nam Pham

Thank you to everyone who joined us on October 19th for our 14th Annual Consuls Reception at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston! It was a privilege to honor the Consular Corps serving Boston and New England and a pleasure to celebrate the mission of WorldBoston with you.

We extend our sincere gratitude to Gina McCarthy for her inspiring remarks and to our speakers, including Andrew Friendly of Presidential Sponsor Autodesk and Ambassador Donald Heflin of Ambassador Sponsor The Fletcher School.

Special thanks to every one of our sponsors, including Presidential Sponsor Berkshire Bank and to our longtime supporter The Lowell Institute.

Photos of the program are available on our website here, and have a look at the event recap on our blog here.

Wednesday, November 8, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Hybrid Event at Foley & Lardner LLP

This month, our popular Chat & Chowder book talk series will feature Sung-Yoon Lee, Wilson International Competition Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, to discuss his new book, The Sister: North Korea’s Kim Yo Jong, the Most Dangerous Woman in the World.

Chat & Chowder programs are an excellent opportunity to engage with expert speakers and to network with other globally-oriented participants in an informal environment. Each event features a presentation, audience Q&A, dedicated time for networking, and (of course!) a selection of chowders and beverages.

Thanks to the generous support of The Lowell Institute, Chat & Chowder is now free of charge for all participants.
But wait… there’s more!

You can always find and register for upcoming WorldBoston events on our website calendar.
WorldBoston Event Reporting Opportunity

Interested in international affairs and journalism? Then volunteer to report on WorldBoston’s Global Engagement events! The selected reporter will write an event recap for our website blog. For more information and terms please email Natalie Mase, Director of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.

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, andInstagram stories. To receive the quiz by email, please contact Natalie Mase to join 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 October! They got nearly every question right on all quizzes. Our high scorers are:

  1. Henry Brier
  2. Luz Fernandez
  3. Terry Quist
  4. Steve Shinkel
  5. Matthew Torrey
  6. David Douglas
  7. Tom Ebling
  8. Suzanne Jette
  9. Nancy Morrison
  10. John Perry
Monthly Prize Winner
When you take What in the World?, you automatically enter a raffle to win exclusive prizes. This month’s winner is:

Nancy Hegarty

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 MaseDirector of Operations and Global Engagement Programs.

Though WorldBoston hosts nearly 90 international delegations annually, typically their meetings are private. But recently we’ve had some good opportunities to include more of the community. 

In October, we were delighted to have two IVLP delegations attend our 14th Annual Consuls Reception: one from France on ending gender-based violence, and one from Georgia on countering violent extremism. Fortuitous scheduling allowed the visitors to enjoy the festive occasion, meeting community members and our local Consular Corps.
On November 2nd, we hosted a lively public networking reception with the kind assistance of Ginkgo Bioworks highlighting women’s leadership in STEM. The reception celebrated the international visitors participating the special, annual U.S. Department of State IVLP initiative, Hidden No More, women leaders who represent “hidden talent” in their 24 home countries. 
Boston → Cleveland Staff Exchange

Special thanks to the Cleveland Council on World Affairs! Late last month, CCWA hosted our Director for Citizen Diplomacy Programs, Josh Bruno. During the visit Josh enjoyed sharing best practices in exchange programming, meeting with a Ukrainian student delegation that CCWA was hosting, and learning more about their global competency programs for young professionals, teacher training, and programming for students. Pictured is Josh Bruno, far left, amid Halloween festivities with the very serious and professional CCWA staff.
This November, WorldBoston hosts six projects through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
A Project for Vietnam
A Project for Spain
A Multi-Regional Project
A Regional Project for Africa
A Multi-Regional Project
A Multi-Regional Project

We welcome your thoughts and ideas for in-person programming. If you have suggestions, please contact Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy, Sarah Sibley.

In November, we see the start of the academic year for the Fulbright Visiting Scholars Enrichment Program. We wish a big “welcome!” to all of the Scholars who are beginning their work in our communities this fall, and we look forward to meeting them at a reception on November 7th at Berkshire Bank’s Reevx Labs in Nubian Square. We’d like to thank WorldBoston’s presidential sponsor, Berkshire Bank, for lending us this space. 
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: 

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!
Wait, Did You Miss Something?

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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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