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WorldBoston is pleased to host these upcoming International Visitor delegations who have requested home hospitality during their visit to Boston on these specific dates: 
  1. Latin America (3/19)  12 guests / 2 groups of 6
  2. Argentina (3/19 or 3/20) : 6 guests
  3. Russia (4/3 - 5)
    7 guests
Home hospitality entails hosting international visitors for a lunch or dinner in your home (not for an overnight stay) and provides a crucial cultural component to their understanding of homes and families in our community.

There is also the opportunity for  2-3 hosts to each meet with smaller cohorts of either delegation. The delegations can be split into smaller groups of 3-6 individuals, as needed.

If you are interested, please contact Sarah Sibley at or 617-542-8995.
WorldBoston Recommends
Photojournalists as Change Agents

Monday, February 29
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Suffolk University Law School
Function Room, 1st floor
120 Tremont Street 
Boston, MA 02108

World renowned 
photojournalists Nick Ut and Mark Edward Harris will talk about photojournalists as change agents.

This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Suffolk University's College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office, Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies, Department of Communication and Journalism, and Asian Studies Program.
Black and Green 2016 
Sunday, March 6
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Hibernian Hall
184 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02119

Join the Irish International Immigrant Center for an afternoon of cross-cultural conversation, music, food, and poetry as it commemorates some important historical moments:

* The 1916 Irish Easter Rising
* The 1768 St. Patrick's Day Slave Uprising in Montserrat
* The friendship between Daniel O'Connell and Frederick Douglass

Divided by over a century of time and miles of ocean, these stories may seem disconnected, but their artistic presentations will inspire reflection on how social justice movements from the past can create unique friendships and energize communities today.

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.

Dear Friends,

Events. Youth. Members.  And a lot of visitors.  March means activity across the WorldBoston program map.

Our Great Decisions and Chat & Chowder flagship series installments are early this month, so don't miss them:  On March 3 Great Decisions features the timely topic "Korea: Is Unification Achievable?" with Han Park of the University of Georgia.  Then on March 8, Dean Emeritus of the Yale School of Management and former Undersecretary of Commerce,   Jeff Garten brings to Chat & Chowder his new book, From Silk to Silicon: The Story of Globalization Through Ten Extraordinary Lives. 

Mid-month, the next generation of globalists takes center stage, at our annual John H. Carlson Academic WorldQuest competition. On March 19 we convene this challenging, friendly and fun one-day competition for high-school teams for the second year at our gracious host, Bridgewater State University. Learn more about WorldQuest, last-minute registration, and some awesome prizes here.  Good luck to all our competitors!

Also in the spotlight this month ... You!  Members new and old are invited for   Members Appreciation night on March 22 at the Downtown Harvard Club for some chowder (of course!) on us and engaging talk about WorldBoston and the people who make it tick. Note the membership sale we're running to celebrate the occasion!

Early next month, mark your calendar as we host the Boston visit of the Representative to the U.S. of the Republic of Kurdistan, H.E. Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman on April 7. And don't miss Ribal Al Assad, speaking on "Syria, the Middle East, and the New Cold War" on April 12For a look ahead at all our events anytime, see our full Events Calendar .

International visitors come to us from three continents in March:  an Indian group on gender-based violence, Argentines examining administration of justice and combating organized crime, Canadian law enforcement professionals addressing violent extremism among youth, and a Hong Kong project on interdepartmental crime-fighting.

Each of the approximately 70 visitors programs we do annually requires a world of expertise.  We've built up this capacity in a large measure thanks to the contribution of Jessica Menasce, a WorldBoston veteran who returned six months ago as Interim Program Manager.  Having helped lead a smooth transition for our new Program Manager Sarah Sibley, Jessica completes her work with us this month.  We bid Jessica a fond farewell, with immense gratitude for her commitment to the global vision and million small details behind our Citizen Diplomacy Programs.  Thank you, Jess!

We hope to see you soon.  

Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Upcoming Global Education Programs
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

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
Tuesday, March 22
6:00 - 8:00 pm
The Downtown Harvard Club
1 Federal Street
Boston, MA 02110
We invite members new and old to gather at the Downtown Harvard Club for an evening honoring YOU! Have a bowl of chowder and a drink on us and get to know the WorldBoston community.
Have a great idea for a speaking event? Do you have a unique way to welcome our IVLP visitors to Boston? Staff will be on hand to get your ideas for a better WorldBoston in 2016 and beyond!

Looking ahead to April
Great Decisions Series | The Future of Kurdistan

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman
Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States
Thursday, April 7
6:00 - 7:30 pm
  Suffolk University - Amenities Room
73 Tremont Street (First Floor)
Boston, MA 02108
Admission: Free

Special thanks to the Lowell Institute of Boston for their support of the Great Decisions Series.
WorldBoston and The Boston Committee on Foreign Relations present: Syria, the Middle East, and the New Cold War: How Three Tiers of Conflict Created the Apocalypse
Ribal Al-Assad
Founder and Director, Organisation for Democracy and Freedom in Syria

Tuesday, April 12 5:45 - 8:30 pm
The Union Club
8 Park Street
Boston, MA 02108
Admission: $60, dinner and reception included

Visit our website for a full calendar of events and more information on our speakers and topics!
Meet our recent and upcoming international visitors
Canada: Anti-Radicalization & Combating Violent Extremism 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. 

Hong Kong: Fighting Crime - Fusion Centers & Task Forces
March 30 - April 2

Four high-level government officials from Hong Kong will visit the U.S. to explore how interdepartmental cooperation by means of joint task forces and fusion centers is vital to successfully fighting crime. They will meet with representatives from the Commonwealth Fusion Center, Boston Regional Intelligence Center, Massachusetts Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee, and others. 
India: Raising Awareness for Gender-Based Violence Across Karnataka
March 8 - 11

A group of six visitors from India is coming to Boston to observe strategies used by U.S. law enforcement agencies and civil society to assist victims as well as prevent violence against women. Their meetings will provide them with a global outlook on gender-based violence and what is being done in local communities to curtail domestic violence. 

Latin America: Combating Illegal, Unregulated & Unreported Fishing
March 16 - 22

Nine representatives from six Latin American countries will come to Boston to examine U.S. best practices in sustainable fisheries management and combating IUU(illegal, unregulated, and unreported) fishing. The group will take trips to Gloucester, New Bedford, Cape Cod, and even Rhode Island and Connecticut to further explore the topic. 

Argentina: Administration of Justice & Combating Organized Crime 
March 18 - 23

Four Argentine government officials are coming to the United States to analyze the structure of the U.S. criminal justice system and explore U.S. responses to a range of international criminal challenges. Meetings in Boston are being arranged with the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, and various experts on international organized crime. 

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.