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Home Hospitality: 
Dinner Diplomat opportunities available now
WorldBoston is pleased to host these two upcoming International Visitor delegations who have requested home hospitality during their visit to Boston on these specific dates: 


1. Colombia 
Saturday, May 14 or Sunday, May 15
 guests and 2 interpreters (if necessary)


2. Multi-Regional
  Sunday, June 19
8 guests (can be split into two groups of four) 


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.

If you are interested, please contact Sarah Sibley at or 617-542-8995.
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The U.S.-Israel Relationship and the Future of the Middle East

Ambassador Dennis Ross
Counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow, 
Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Wednesday, May 11
6:30 pm Doors Open
7:15 pm Program Begins

Temple Shalom of Boston
175 Temple Street
Newton, MA 02465

Join the American Jewish Committee and Ambassador Ross for a conversation about what is in store for U.S.-Israel relations, challenges for this unique relationship, and its impact on the future of the Middle East.

Women's Financial Security: A Public Health Issue

Lakshmi Puri
Assistant Secretary General, UN
Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

Saturday, May 7
8:00 am - 6:30 pm

Harvard School of Public Health
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

This conference challenges you to learn about and take control of your financial security from your first job through retirement. Experts in global public health and international finance will speak about how financial security for women IS a public health issue. Networking with presenters and other participants is an important part of this conference.

Dear Friends,

This month, we are excited to host  Dr. Andrew Bacevich , a professor of international affairs and history at Boston University, to speak on America in the Middle East as a continuation of our Great Decisions Series. Dr. Bacevich will be joining us on  Thursday, May 26 at Suffolk University - take a look at his recent article in Politico and we hope to see you there!

Mark your calendars for our Global Education events coming up in June, as well - you'll be able to see the full list here  - especially our next installment of the Chat & Chowder series with Elizabeth Wood, Professor of Russian and Soviet History at MIT. She'll be speaking on her new book, Roots of Russia's War in Ukraine, over some of the Downtown Harvard Club's delicious chowder on June 1. Register now to reserve your space!

On the Citizen Diplomacy side of the WorldBoston house, we'll be welcoming seven international delegations studying a variety of interesting topics, including a group from Colombia focusing on the historical memory of ethnic groups. This group is seeking home hospitality on either Saturday, May 14, or Sunday, May 15. See the sidebar for more information on how you can host these visitors for dinner. 

Finally, we're delighted to announce that Jarred Guthrie, Portfolio Development Manager at Shell TechWorks, has joined the board of WorldBoston. I know all of us will give Jarred a warm welcome as he supports the efforts of WorldBoston and our mission of international engagement.

Best regards,
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO

Upcoming Global Education Programs
Great Decisions Series | America in the Middle East

Dr. Andrew Bacevich
Professor, Boston University
Thursday, May 26
6:00 - 7:30 pm
Suffolk University Law School
Main Function Room
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Admission: Free

Special thanks to the Lowell Institute of Boston for their support of the Great Decisions Series.
Chat & Chowder Series | Roots of Russia's War in Ukraine

Elizabeth Wood
Professor of Russian and Soviet History, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Wednesday, June 1
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Downtown Harvard Club of Boston
One Federal Street
Boston, MA 02108
Admission: $17 WorldBoston Members | $27 General Admission
Looking Ahead to June
Great Decisions Series | Refugee Resettlement: The Massachusetts End of the Pipeline

Mary Truong
Executive Director, Mass. Office of Refugees and Immigrants

Jeffrey Theilman
President and CEO, International Institute of New England

Following the panel discussion we will host a reception featuring refugee resettlement agencies and immigrant advocacy organizations from Greater Boston.
Wednesday, June 15
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Suffolk University - Somerset Building
Somerset Cafeteria, First Floor
20 Somerset Street
Boston, MA 02108

Special thanks to the Lowell Institute of Boston for their support of the Great Decisions Series.
WB2030 Happy Hour
Save the date:
LGBT Happy Hour

Wednesday, June 22
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location TBD

Join WorldBoston and our international delegation from all over the world for a happy hour!

This multi-regional delegation is focusing on human and civil rights in the LGBTQ community.

Save the date for this evening of discussion with visitors from around the world!
Visit our website for a full calendar of events and more information on our speakers and topics!
Meet our recent and upcoming international visitors

Multi-Regional: Media Literacy - Promoting Civil Society Through New Media 
May 1-5

A group of twenty-two journalists, editors, and other media professionals from around the world will visit Boston to learn about digital engagement, online journalism, media and technology innovations, and government transparency. They will meet with representatives from university media programs, government initiatives, and social justice nonprofits to get a well-rounded perspective of Boston's media literacy.
Canada: Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs
May 11-14

A delegation of five business development officers and CEOs from Canada is stopping by Boston to gain a better understanding of entrepreneurship in the United States, specifically focusing on current entrepreneurial projects and developments, networking best practices, and business development resources. They will interact with various investment and development companies, government resources to understand U.S. policy, and technology/innovation labs such as MIT.
Colombia: Ethnic Communities Historical Memory
May 12-17

Four professionals from Colombia, including an indigenous people's rights lawyer, a museum coordinator, and two commission coordinators on displaced people and peace, will visit the U.S. to explore how to use history to understand past and present race issues and to promote reconciliation. They will meet with experts in this topic as well as perform community service and learn about Boston's immigrant history.

Home hospitality requested!
Kazakhstan: U.S. Think Tanks and Foreign Policy
May 18-21

A group of four visitors from Kazakhstan, including two in academia and two foreign policy experts, is coming to Boston to examine think tanks: their relationship to the government, their influence on policy makers, how they function, and how they gather information. They are eager to meet with academic resources - including students - to focus on their objectives as a whole and also the current presidential election.
Russia: Burn Treatment and Prevention
May 18-22

Six doctors from Russia will come to Boston to learn about pediatric care for burn victims and research and long-term care for burn patients, especially psychological services. They will meet with Boston hospitals and physicians specializing in pediatric and burn care, such as Shriner's Hospital, to best understand this topic.
Afghanistan: Promoting Women's Athletics
May 21-25

Eight Afghan professionals in are coming to the U.S. to learn about the gender balance, public access, and fairness laws regarding women's athletics and how professional organizations and programs promote women's entrepreneurship, business development, and empowerment through sports and fitness. Meetings are being arranged with local public schools to see how sports and athletics are promoted in the curriculum at an early age, as well as different athletic companies, sports teams, and athletic fundraisers.
Multi-Regional: Women and Justice
May 31-June 4

Seventeen officials, professionals, and experts in many fields from all over the world are coming to Boston to better understand gender equality and responses to discrimination, women in state and local politics, and developing leadership skills for women and girls. They will meet with lawyers, government policy officials, and nonprofits focused on women's economic independence and empowerment.

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.