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Responding to The Refugee Crisis

Thursday, April 13
6:30 - 8:30 pm

TripAdvisor Global Headquarters 
400 1st Avenue 
Needham, MA 02494

 The UN reports the world is experiencing one of the worst refugee crises and mass displacements since World War II. The crisis is affecting millions of people who are seeking safe haven from a range of countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, the Congo and Burma.
How are NGOs, corporations, government and local communities responding to this crisis and President Trump's executive order on immigration?

Join Tom Ashbrook, host of On Point, as he moderates a conversation about the response to the global refugee crisis at TripAdvisor Global Headquarters in Needham, MA with panelists:
Stephen Kaufer, Co-founder and CEO of TripAdvisor;
David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee; and
Jackqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The Other One Percent: Indians in America

Thursday, April 27
5:30 - 7:00 pm

McLeod Suites, 3rd floor Curry Student Center,
Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Northeastern University Center for Emerging Markets will host The Inaugural India Lecture, The Other One Percent: Indians in America on April 27, 2017. The lecture will feature main speaker Professor Davesh Kapur, a Madan Lal Sobti Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for Advanced Study of India, U. of Pennsylvania. Special guest commentary by Indian-American CEO's will feature Santhana Krishnan and Dr. Venkat Srinivasan. The lecture will be moderated by Professor Ravi Ramamurti.

Dear Friends,

There are so many opportunities for engagement at WorldBoston in April!

We began this month with the  John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuest  competition on April 1 -- and many thanks for the warm welcome of our partner Bridgewater State University. Congratulations to Longmeadow High School, who won first place and a trip to the national competition in Washington, D.C. on April 29. Go, team!

April 3rd marked an excellent visit from Professor Eliot Cohen of SAIS Johns Hopkins, discussing his case for U.S. military engagement and his book, The Big Stick, at a joint event with the Boston SAIS Alumni Club.

This week we are pleased to host on his first visit to Boston H.E. David Bakradze, the new ambassador of Georgia to the United States for an April 6 dinner/discussion on, "The U.S. and Georgia:  25 Years of Strategic Partnership" together with the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations at the Union Club.

Acclaimed author and Boston Globe columnist Stephen Kinzer comes to Chat & Chowder on April 24 at the hospitable office of our friends McDermott, Will & Emery with his new book, The True Flag:  Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain and the Birth of the American Empire. (N.B. MWE's chowder is excellent!)

The talk could not be more topical at our April 26 Great Decisions session on Nuclear Security, with Gary Samore of Harvard's Belfer Center, formerly President Obama's White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction. Note that our friends Mintz, Levin generously host Great Decisions this spring in their welcoming offices.

Also this month, citizen diplomacy IVLP participants continue to visit in great numbers, studying topics in our region from entrepreneurship to immigration to museums.  (See below for details.)

Looking ahead to May, be sure to join us for our May10 Chat & Chowder with Ambassador Jonathan Addleton with his book, The Dust of Kandahar , a very personal account of his time in the field "as a diplomat among warriors".

Finally, looking way ahead to the fall, we are very pleased to announce WorldBoston's 8th Annual Consuls Reception on October 19, with a keynote by Adm. (ret.) James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. We will be sure to announce when sponsorships and registration open in coming months.
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
Global Education Events
April 24th & 26th
Chat & Chowder 

"The True Flag"

Monday, April 24

Stephen Kinzer
Author, Award-winning foreign correspondent

McDermott Will & Emery

28 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

$15 WorldBoston Members
$25 General Admission

Great Decisions

"Nuclear Security"

Wednesday, April 26

Dr. Gary Samore
Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University

Mintz Levin
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111

This event is FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Lowell Institute

Meet our upcoming international visitors:

A Multi-Regional Project on New and Traditional Broadcast Media
April 1-6

A delegation of international visitors from around the world will explore the structure, practices and future of broadcast journalism in the U.S., and examine the current and potential contributions of broadcasting to the formation of an informed citizenry withing a diverse, democratic society.
A Regional Project for Europe: Current U.S. Social, Political, and Economic Issues for Young European Leaders
April 4-8

A delegation from various European countries will examine interrelated U.S. foreign and domestic policy issues, including homeland
security and intelligence gathering; trade and economic development; immigration and integration; health and social services; environment and climate change; energy; and the role of diversity, in the U.S.
A Multi-Regional Project on Women and Entrepreneurship
April 4-8

A group of female entrepreneurs from twenty three different countries will be exploring various business models, discussing societal barriers facing entrepreneurs, learning about best practices in overcoming these restrictions and about the social, economic and political factors that influence and encourage the development of private enterprise in the U.S.

Italy: Immigration and Integration
April 5-8

A delegation from Italy 
will examine aspects of policies and activities at the national, state and local level regarding the reception of immigrants and refugees, as well as examine the role of NGOs in immigrant reception and integration in civil society.
Russia: Museum Outreach
April 6-8  

A delegation from Russia will learn about modern approaches for museum educational programs in the U.S., and they will discover best practices in educational programming to enhance the museum experience.

India:  Internationalizing and Engaging State-Level Higher Education
April 6-12

A group of visitors from India will be learning about higher education policy
 and exploring international exchanges and study abroad opportunities.

Germany: Countering Violent Extremism through Education
April 12-15

Individuals from Germany will learn how to counter extremist narratives using key prevention strategies that  promote integration and intercultural tolerance,  and build resilience within local communities.

Read more about Citizen Diplomacy here!
P oland: Community Building Around Cultural and Science Centers
April 20-23

A delegation from Poland will be exploring best practices in cultural educational Institution management in the U.S. and exploring potential international cultural partnerships with American cultural and scientific centers.
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 Centers for International Visitors (CIVs). Under the professional association of Global Ties U.S., local CIV 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 CIVs in 45 states.