September 2023 at WorldBoston

September at WorldBoston

Dear Friends,

What's the word? Free.

You know, free, as in all our regular community programming:

  • no more membership fees
  • no charge for the Great Decisions series or the State of the State Department spring event
  • and now, no charge for Chat & Chowder
  • not to mention, weekly What in the World quizzes and our annual Academic WorldQuest high school competition

This fall has lots of programs for you, along with thirteen visiting delegations in September alone. See below for (lots of) information.

The point of all this is to expand WorldBoston's mission to foster international engagement and global cooperation. 

So now, we need you. If you can, step up during this fundraising season and support WorldBoston: Sponsorships start as low as $1,000 for a year of benefits. (Note that Consuls Reception sponsorship pledges are due September 25.) Or think about what you would spend on a membership or an event ticket and contribute that. We are counting on our community to help make everyone's continued participation possible.

And please participate! Come to the Consuls Reception on October 19, attend our programs, consider hosting visitors for a meal, and tell a friend about WorldBoston. International engagement is for you and for everyone in our community.

We hope to see you soon,

Mary P. Yntema

President & CEO

Help WorldBoston bring the world to you!

As a non-profit organization, WorldBoston relies on community support to accomplish our mission: Foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation between people of all nations.

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We are thrilled to feature Gina McCarthy, former U.S. EPA Administrator and first-ever White House National Climate Advisor, at the 14th Annual Consuls Reception. Sponsorships, both by individuals and organizations, support this special program and are critical to WorldBoston's mission. Learn more about sponsorship on our website here, or email WorldBoston President Mary Yntema.

Registration for the 14th Annual Consuls Reception will open in September.


Chat & Chowder with David Allen

Every Citizen a Statesman

Wednesday, September 20, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Hybrid Event at Foley & Lardner LLP

Join us for this installment of our popular Chat & Chowder series, featuring historian David Allen to discuss his book Every Citizen a Statesman and, fittingly, the history of the World Affairs Councils. The program will include expert insights, audience Q&A, networking, and (of course!) chowders and beverages.


Thanks to the generous support of The Lowell Institute, Chat & Chowder is now free of charge for all participants. We sincerely appreciate The Lowell Institute’s commitment to our mission, as well as the support of our venue, Foley & Lardner LLP. Please consider helping sustain this work by making a contribution here.

Great Decisions | Iran at a Crossroads

Thursday, September 28, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Hybrid Event at the Boston Public Library

By the fall of 2022, Iran was in a state of turmoil due to widespread protests, a failing economy, and an ineffective new president. Many Iranians have lost hope of a better future, and the country seems at a crossroads. How should the United States proceed?

Join us for a timely discussion of this topic with Tara Kangarlou, journalist, award-winning author, professor at Georgetown University, and founder of Art of Hope. The program will feature expert remarks, audience Q&A, and time for networking and discussion with other globally-oriented participants in the Rabb Hall Connector Space.


But wait… there's more!

Be sure to check out our events calendar to view and register for upcoming events later in the fall.

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.

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

  1. Steve Shinkel
  2. Luz Fernandez
  3. Beverly Rosen
  4. Henry Brier
  5. Tom Ebling
  6. Abby Heim
  7. Derek Lumpkins
  8. Linda Cheatham
  9. Leslie Griffin
  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:

John Berg

Miss Something?

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

Week of July 31

Week of August 7

Week of August 14

Week of August 21

Week of August 28

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


In August, WorldBoston had the special chance for our Citizen Diplomacy and Global Engagement programs to overlap, with an international delegation attending one of our community events.

The group of Moroccans was in Boston as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program to engage in professional exchange on confronting and preventing domestic violence. While here, the group met with several of our great community resources, including Futures Without Violence, the Domestic Violence Program at the Boston Medical Center, Emerge, and MetroWest Legal Services. 

Their busy itinerary fortunately allowed them to attend our Speak Up! networking program on August 24th and to meet with our community members. The visitors, who spoke Arabic, French, and English, made for perfect participants at an event celebrating world languages. It was a pleasure to host this group on both sides of our house!

Get Involved with Our Citizen Diplomacy Programs!

We're calling on you to serve as a citizen diplomat and to help welcome the many incoming international delegations we host each month. Do you have office space in Boston that can be used for delegations to engage in professional exchange meetings? Do you want to welcome visitors to your home for an informal Dinner Diplomacy meal? If you're interested in these opportunities, please contact Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy Sarah Sibley.

This September, WorldBoston hosts twelve projects through the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

New and Traditional Broadcast Media

A Multi-Regional Project

U.S. Foreign Policy Decision Making

 A Multi-Regional Project

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development

 A Regional Project for Africa

Rule of Law and the U.S. Judicial System

 A Regional Project for Africa

Maritime Policy and Security for the South China Sea

 A Sub-Regional Project for East Asia

Best Practices in Foreign Investment Screening

 A Regional Project for Europe

Media Responsibility in an Age of Disinformation 

An Inter-Regional Project for the Indo-Pacific and Central Asia

Empowering Women Managers in Manufacturing

 A Single Country Project for Japan

Strengthening Minority Civil Society Organizations 

A Single Country Project for Kosovo

The Fight for Marriage Equality

 A Single Country Project for Japan

Transparency and Accountability 

 A Single Country Project for Peru

Best Practices in the Fight Against Corruption

 A Single Country Project for Uzbekistan

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

Custom Visitor Programs

We look forward to hosting the Foreign Press Centers (FPC) International Reporting Tour as part of our Custom Visitor Programs in September. This delegation of 15 journalists from around the world will meet with our local partners to discuss advancements in technology and artificial intelligence, as well as the ways the U.S. collaborates with partners to ethically advance new technologies.

This Foreign Press Centers (FPC) International Reporting Tour is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by Meridian International Center, and WorldBoston.

Updates from the Office

In September, we welcome Charles Lewis back to the team. Charles began working with WorldBoston as a Program Associate in January 2022 through Northeastern University's Cooperative Education Program. After his co-op term ended, he stayed on the team to work specifically on our Citizen Diplomacy programs. Following an exciting role in Taiwan in the spring of 2023, Charles returns to his role as IVLP Coordinator. Welcome back, Charles!

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?

Don't forget to check our News section for announcements and past newsletters. 

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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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