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Media, Politics, and Public Discourse: Rebuilding Trust in the Digital Age

Wednesday, March 29
8:00 - 10:00 pm

Harvard University
25 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

 Ann Compton, a former ABC News journalist and member of the White House Press Corps, will explore the intersections of media, politics, and public discourse in America today.
 Compton will discuss the responsibility the media has to reconnect and engage with everyday Americans. How can the media overcome the hurdles of rampant fake news, fractured news consumption, and general disdain? 

Dear Friends,

As America steps into an international era unlike any other, now is the time look for new answers -- and also new questions. The coming weeks at WorldBoston bring so many ways to connect with critical topics, visitors, and other engaged people.  Now is the time to join in.

About visitors: We have especially large numbers in February and March.  As always, we thank the many dozens of professionals who volunteer to meet with them.  We also give a special shout-out to our "dinner diplomats". In less than a month 13 hosts are welcoming small groups into their homes for a meal, whether hosting together with families, roommates, friends or on their own, and more have expressed interest. This is an outstanding way to meet visitors and share a real American home (in other words, yours!). Thank you! (For more information, please contact

Our first Global Education event this month goes to work, and goes inside, with Brandeis International Business School professor Andy Molinsky on March 13. We'll take a look at "The World in Your Workplace" as Andy discusses his books Global Dexterity and Reach .  We're thrilled and grateful to note that this is our first Chat & Chowder in the beautiful facility of our friends McDermott, Will & Emery.  (Yes, of course there will be chowder.)

On March 15, Great Decisions comes right to the point, "Trade, Jobs, and China", on March 15, with Jeremy Haft, an authority on both the economic theory and on-the-ground reality of trade with China.

Hope for our world:  The John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuest!  On April 1, impossibly informed Massachusetts high school teams come together for this fun annual one-day tournament of international knowledge. Many thanks to our partner Bridgewater State University for making this event possible. The victors will win a free trip to Washington, D.C. for the national Academic WorldQuest competition of the World Affairs Councils of America on April 29.

Save the date for multiple programs in April -- see below, and stay tuned, as more events are being added.

Finally, alas, our superb Citizen Diplomacy colleague Emily Canner moves on this month from her work in IVLP programming.  (Although we're happy Emily will stay with our Fulbright program through this academic year.) Emily has been a linchpin of IVLP at WorldBoston since 2014. Starting as a Northeastern coop, Emily became a Program Coordinator who earned gratitude and admiration from national colleagues, WorldBoston staff and board members, and hundreds of visitors. Emily's combination of perfect poise and deep expertise will be much missed. Emily graduated from Northeastern with a dual degree in International Affairs and Environmental Studies in January, and we wish her every success in the future!

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
Global Education Events
March 13 and 15
Chat & Chowder 

"The World in Your Workplace"

Monday, March 13

Andy Molinsky
Professor, International Business School, Brandeis University

New Location! McDermott Will & Emery

28 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

$15 WorldBoston Members
$25 General Admission

Great Decisions

"Trade, Jobs, and China"

Wednesday, March 15

Jeremy Haft
Author, entrepreneur, and adjunct professor, Georgetown University

Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108

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

Save the Date!
Upcoming Events at WorldBoston

Johns Hopkins SAIS New England Alumni Club and WorldBoston present

Book Signing and Discussion with Professor Eliot Cohen on The Big Stick

Monday, April 3

Dr. Eliot Cohen
Director of the Johns Hopkins SAIS Strategic Studies Program, former counselor of the U.S. Department of State

Union Club of Boston
8 Park Street
Boston, MA 02108

$25 WorldBoston Members
$35 General Admission
WorldBoston, BU, the Military Historical Society of MA, and the MA WW1 Centennial Commission present

"Fighting Doughboys: Massachusetts Called to Arms in WW1"

Thursday, April 6

Featuring remarks from Consul Generals and a panel discussion of experts in the field, and an exhibition of original WW1 archival material from the holdings of the Gotlieb Center

Howard Gotlieb Memorial Gallery
Mugar Library Building, 1st Floor
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA

Free and open to the public; 
refreshments will be served.

Inquiries and RSVP to 617-353-3697

WorldBoston and the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations present

The U.S. and Georgia: 25 Years of Strategic Partnership

Thursday, April 6

Amb. David Bakradze
Ambassador of Georgia to the U.S. 

Union Club of Boston
8 Park Street
Boston, MA 02108

Meet our upcoming international visitors:

Canada: Environmental Sustainability and Crisis Management
March 2-8

A group of visitors from Canada will explore current climate change crisis management plans and work to establish strategies to mitigate the effect of climate change on North American security.

A Regional Project for Europe: Transparency and Accountability
March 4-9

A delegation from various European countries will examine ethical systems and accountability in government and business
in the United States and examine the effect of transparency on trade, investment, and economic development.
China: Special Needs Education in the United States
March 5-8

A group of Chinese educators will review teaching strategies and the implementation of special needs education in the United States, as well as discuss technology solutions designed to assist those with disabilities in their education.

Indonesia: Promoting Innovation and Digital Economy Development
March 15-20

A delegation from Indonesia will develop an understanding of government policies in the age of digital economy growth and innovation. They will also examine the roles of the government, academia, and the private sector in digital economy development.
NEA Regional Project: Preventing and Confronting Domestic Abuse and Violence
March 15-21  
A regional delegation from the NEA region will learn about the public-private partnerships that work to improve community welfare and prevent abuse, as well as the efforts in the U.S. to prevent domestic violence and provide treatment to victims.

Russia: Commercialization
March 21-24

A group of visitors from Russia will examine U.S. legislation related to commercialization of innovations and further explore methodologies that promote the successful transition of innovative ideas in the commercial marketplace. 

A Regional Project for Europe and Eurasia: U.S. Foreign Policy Challenges
March 21-25

Individuals from Europe and Eurasia will discuss foreign policy issues relating to the United States and Europe to include counter-terrorism and security, transatlantic relations and the changing role of international organizations which shape U.S. foreign policy.
Multi-Regional Project: Global Health: Building County Capacity 
March 23-28

Visitors will collaborate on solutions to common challenges facing the global health community in preventing, treating, and managing health problems affecting general populations. They will also examine state and local efforts aimed towards preventative efforts.
Nepal: Change Makers: Women in Political & Social Sectors 
March 23-28

A group of women from Nepal will explore advocacy strategies in advancing women's leadership, as well as e valuate public and private sector strategies to increase women's access to education,  economic opportunities, and health care.

France: Youth Outreach: Conflict Resolution and Empowerment
March 23-28

A group of French visitors will focus on initiatives promoting multiculturalism, equal opportunity, and civic participation and will examine practices relating to youth empowerment and conflict resolution by addressing a variety of political, socioeconomic, and cultural issues.
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.