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Wednesday, January 20
8:00 - 10:00 am
Morgan Lewis
One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110

Dr. David Kelly
Chief Global Markets Strategist, JP Morgan Chase

Dr. David Kelly who is a frequent guest on CNBC and other financial news outlets is widely-quoted in the financial press. With over 20 years of experience, he provides valuable insight and perspective on the economy and markets to thousands of financial advisers and their clients. He is often the featured keynote speaker for many national investment conferences, providing background, expertise, and views on the markets to thousands of financial advisors and their clients. His unique ability to explain complex 
economic and market issues in easy-to-understand language enables those financial advisors to communicate 
better with their clients.

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.

January 6, 2016
Dear Friend,

Happy New Year!  2016 is shaping up to be  a great year at WorldBoston, already promising many opportunities for all kinds of global engagement.

Featured below are just a few upcoming events.  For more event information, have a look at our website calendar, already featuring events into June, with more added throughout the year. You can find out about our other programs, too, including the  Fulbright Visiting Scholar enrichment program and the upcoming Academic WorldQuest youth tournament -- for which teams are now forming.

Our website also has information about WorldBoston membership.  Now is a the perfect time to join, to insure a year's worth of connections, discounts, and latest updates. (And by the way, members, save the date for our upcoming Member Appreciation gathering, February 17! Details to follow.)

Our flagship series Chat & Chowder and Great Decisions recommence in February.   Great Decisions topics this spring are Climate Change, Kurdistan, Migration, and the United Nations.  (Note that the 2016 briefing books are now available for purchase at Great Decisions events.) We kick off Great Decisions with a classic WorldBoston mix of the local and global, featuring the city of Boston's Chief for Environment and Energy, Austin Blackmon on Boston's sustainability work and recent recognition at the Paris Climate Talks.

Chat & Chowder this spring keeps us both local and global, too, as we start the season with Rawi Abdelal, Director of Harvard's Davis Center speaking about, "  Russia Between Triumph and Disaster."

Yale's Jeff Garten follows with his book, From Silk to Silicon, taking a (very!) long view of globalization, from Genghis Khan to Margaret Thatcher and beyond.

On the Citizen Diplomacy  side of the WorldBoston house, we start the year with very diverse delegations, from Qatar, Italy, and Northern Ireland. At the end of this month, WorldBoston staff will travel to Washington to attend the annual conference on citizen diplomacy of Global Ties U.S.,   our national affiliate. 

Read on -- we hope to see you soon!

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.
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
Qatar - Teacher Training
January 24 - 27

Three high-level officials from the Supreme Education Council, Qatar's Ministry of Education, will visit Boston to learn about America's best teacher training institutions and models. Meetings are being arranged with Harvard Graduate School of Education, Shady Hill, Lesley University, the Intercultural Center for Research in Education, and other teacher training experts.

Italy - International Organized Crime
January 27 - 30

Mr. Marco De Nunzio, Chief of the Italian State Police at the Milan State Police Headquarters, will visit Boston to get an overview of U.S. counter-terrorism strategies and practices as part of his larger national program focused on organized crime. His Boston program will be designed as a case study of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. 

Northern Ireland Assembly - Introduction to U.S. State Legislatures
January 30 - February 3

Ten key opinion leaders from Northern Ireland will visit the U.S. to explore the functions of state and local governments and their interactions with the federal government. Meetings in Boston will be arranged with the Massachusetts Senate and State House of Representatives, Governor's Office, Boston City Council, and EdwardM. 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.

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.