February at WorldBoston
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WorldBoston Recommends
GBANE 22nd Annual International Business Forum & Networking Night
Wednesday, February 17
4:00 - 8:30 pm
Morgan Lewis
One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110

11 Consul Generals

This premier annual event attracts New England companies involved in international business.  Meet corporate executives and other professionals interested in world trade- while learning about the extensive resources available in New England to help your company's international business. 

The Consul Generals will deliver a 3-minute pitch as to why your firm should consider conducting business in their country- and how they can help you do it!

WorldBoston Recommends
Shalom Ireland at Temple Israel in Sharon
Sunday, February 28
7:00 pm
125 Pond Street
Sharon, MA 02067

A film of Ireland's Jews, their history, culture and important role in the fight for Irish freedom and establishment of the State of Israel. Film screening and talk with Producer/Director Valerie Lapin and Temple Israel Member David Briscoe

This is a free event made possible by the generous support of the Briscoe Family, and sponsored by the Temple Israel Adult & Family Education Committee, the Consulate General of Israel to New England and the Irish Cultural Centre of New England.

Academic WorldQuest 2016

Academic WorldQuest is a global knowledge high school competition that has become a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America. 

WorldBoston's local competition will be held at Bridgewater State University on Saturday, March 19, 2016.

For more information and to register a team, visit our website.

February 5, 2016
Dear Friends,

We're back!  

That is to say:   Global Education programming is in full swing after a (slight) holiday hiatus; post-new year  Citizen Diplomacy visitors are also heading this way; and events and connections are generally popping once again at WorldBoston.

Featured below are a few upcoming events.  For more event information, have a look at our  website calendar, already running into June, and growing all the time. You can find out about our other programs there, too, including the  upcoming Academic WorldQuest youth tournament -- for which teams are now forming.

Our flagship series Chat & Chowder and Great Decisions get started in 2016 with compelling back-to-back installments.

How global is Boston? Here's a reminder:  On February 24 Great Decisions kicks off with a classic WorldBoston local-global mix, with Boston's Chief for Environment and Energy, Austin Blackmon on Boton's sustainability work and recent recognition at the Paris Climate Talks.  

Note that the new Great Decisions briefing books have arrived and are available at the sessions at a new low price of $10! That is a deal, friends.  And that is because we hope you'll enjoy these pithy issue overviews!

Another great deal is   WorldBoston membership. And by the way, members -- long-standing and brand-new -- save the date for our upcoming Member Appreciation Night, March 22.

Keep your eyes peeled for events early in March:  Great Decisions on March 3 on the elusive prospect of Korean reunification, and Chat & Chowder on March 8, with former Under Secretary of Commerce Jeff Garten and his book, From Silk to Silicon on globalization. 

Along with all these Global Education events, Citizen Diplomacy at WorldBoston is also humming -- and incredibly diverse. Having just said goodbye to Northern Ireland legislators, we now welcome Azorean food entrepreneurs, followed by contemporary dance specialists from Korea, and prepare for Canadians studying ways to counter violent extremism -- one of WorldBoston's strongest visitor topics.

We hope to see you soon.  And by the way, 恭禧发财!

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Upcoming Global Education Programs
Chat & Chowder Series|  Russia Between Triumph and Disaster  

Rawi Abdelal
Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Tuesday, February 23
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Downtown Harvard Club of Boston
1 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
Admission: $27 General Admission | $17 WorldBoston Members
Austin Blackmon
Chief of Environment and Energy, City of Boston

Wednesday, February 24
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Suffolk University Law School, Room 295
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Admission: Free

Special thanks to the Lowell Institute of Boston for their support of the Great Decisions Series.
Great Decisions Series | The Koreas: Is Unification Achievable?

Dr. Han S. Park
Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) at the University of Georgia 

Thursday, March 3
6:00-7:30 pm 
Suffolk University Rosalie K. Stahl Center
Amenities Room
73 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108
Admission: Free

Jeffrey Garten
Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management

Tuesday, March 8
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Downtown Harvard Club of Boston
1 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
Admission: $27 General Admission | $17 WorldBoston Members
Visit our website for a full calendar of events and more information on our speakers and topics!
Meet our recent and upcoming international visitors
Northern Ireland Assembly - Introduction to U.S. State Legislatures
January 30 - February 3

Ten key opinion leaders from Northern Ireland visited the U.S. to explore the functions of state and local governments and their interactions with the federal government. Meetings in Boston were arranged with the Massachusetts Senate and State House of Representatives, Governor's Office, Boston City Council, and Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate.

Azores - Culinary Entrepreneurship: From-Farm-to-Table
February 6 - 7

Ten Azorean farmers, cheese producers, wine producers, chefs, and a sommelier from different Azorean islands are coming to the U.S. to learn about how American food makes its journey from the farmland to the American dinner table by meeting their sector counterparts. Their visit to Boston will focus on sustainable, urban farming practices and best practices from producers and restaurants on farm-to-table.

The Republic of Georgia- Youth Volunteerism
February 12-13

A delegation from Georgia will be stopping by Boston prior to their international departure for a weekend of cultural activities in the city. 

They will have their national program in Washington D.C., New York, Orlando, Salt Lake City, and Manchester. 

Republic of Korea - Contemporary Dance in the U.S.
February 24 - 28

Eight artistic directors and arts and cultural policy makers from the Republic of Korea will come to the U.S. to visit established art centers as well as smaller community-supported arts programs. They will examine  the various ways in which performance art can convey identity, creativity, belief systems, diversity, and tolerance within American society. Meetings will be arranged with Boston Ballet, Urbanity Dance, and others.

Canada- Anti-Radicalization and CVE among Youth 
March 23-26

A delegation of six law enforcement officers from Canada is stopping by Boston to learn about current work being done in the U.S. with youth organizations and community groups with youth susceptible to radicalization. They will interact with various community, academic, law enforcement, human rights organizations and government actors to better understand policy-making and program development aimed towards preventing radicalization violent extremism among youth. 
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. Launced 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 adminsters the IVLP. In doing so, the bureau enters cooperative agreements with National Program Agences, 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 activies, and provide home hospitality for international visitors.

WorldBoston is part of the Global Ties Network of more than 90 CIVs in 45 states.