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7th Annual Consuls Reception
October 19
Wednesday, October 19
5:00 - 7:00pm
Federal Reserve Bank
600 Atlantic Avenue
Harborview Room
Boston, MA 02210

$65 WorldBoston Members
$90 General Admission

Learn more about why Brandeis International Business School, the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, the Doubletree by Hilton, Haynes & Associates, and others are sponsoring this year's Consuls Reception. For a full list of sponsors and more information about how you can support this event and WorldBoston, click here or contact Mary Yntema.

Tour of the Naval Submarine Base New London

November 2
7:00am - 6:00pm

Please join WorldBoston on a very special trip to Groton, CT, "the Submarine Capital of the World", to visit the Naval Submarine Base New London and the nearby Nautilus museum, home of the first nuclear-powered submarine.

Our bus will depart from the Riverside T station in Newton at 7:00am, and return there at approximately
6:00pm. Space is strictly limited, and participant names must be submitted for security to us by Oct. 18.

Dear Friends,

October marks the return of the Consuls Reception, now in its seventh year. This landmark event in honor of the Consular Corps serving Boston and New England has become indispensable to Boston's fall international calendar.

This year's keynote remarks will be delivered by Representative Seth Moulton, as we celebrate Boston's diplomatic community in the beautiful Harborview Room at the top of the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston. This event always sells out. If you want to join over 40 Consul Generals and leaders from Boston's business, academic, and government communities on October 19, buy your ticket today!

For this month's Chat & Chowder on October 11, we are welcoming Steven Koltai for a discussion on his latest book, Peace Through Entrepreneurship. Koltai was the State Department's first ever Senior Advisor for Entrepreneurship, appointed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Reserve your spot today!

You can also reserve your spot today for two free programs at Suffolk University. On October 18  we'll once again host Boston's showing of the national China Town Hall webcast, along with our partner the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies. Then on October 26 we welcome the former British Ambassador in Havana, Paul W. Hare, for a Great Decisions discussion on US-Cuba relations.

This month we are hosting an astounding eight international delegations, on topics from social media in political campaigning to judicial reform. We are also pleased to welcome a group from India visiting Boston to study transgender issues. This is our first International Visitor Leadership Program to focus exclusively on transgender issues.

We hope to see you all soon!

Mary Yntema
Upcoming Chat & Chowders
October - December

October 11
Peace Through Entrepreneurship: Investing in a Startup Culture for Peace and Development
  • Featuring: Steven Koltai, Former Senior Adviser for Entrepreneurship, U.S. State Department. RSVP
November 1
Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts about our Presidents
  • Featuring: Talmage Boston, Author and Historian. RSVP
December 7
To The Secretary: Leaked Embassy Cables and America's Foreign Policy Disconnect
  • Featuring: Mary Thompson-Jones, Director, Global Studies and International Relations Graduate Program, Northeastern University RSVP
Chat & Chowders are held at the Downtown Harvard Club of Boston from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. Admission price is $17 for WorldBoston Members, $27 for General Admission and includes a trio of the Club's delicious chowder. 

Great Decisions Series
October 26 & 
November 14
Cuba and the United States

October 26
6:00 - 7:30pm

Paul W. Hare, Former British Ambassador Cuba

Suffolk University Law School, First Floor
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108

Nuclear North: The Future of the Korean Peninsula

November 14
6:15 - 7:30pm

Sung-Yoon Lee,
Professor, The Fletcher School at Tufts University

Suffolk University Law School, Fifth Floor 
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108
Great Decisions events are held on the campus of Suffolk University. Admission is free thanks to the generous support of the Lowell Institute.
Meet our recent and upcoming international visitors

Egypt: Innovation, STEM Education, and Entrepreneurship
October 3-6

A group of ten representatives will explore the Maker Movement in the U.S., which encourages creativity and collaboration through the intersection of STEM and entrepreneurship. They will meet with innovative technology hubs at the Fab Foundation, South End Technology Center, and Lesley University.
India: Understanding Transgender Issues
October 5-8

A delegation of eight transgender rights activists are coming to develop strategies to help promote tolerance and acceptance for the transgender community. They will collaborate with LGBT advocacy groups around Boston and Cambridge, as well as healthcare organizations, social justice art groups, and the Cambridge Police Department.
Regional: Rule of Law and Judicial Reform
October 5-8

Nineteen delegates from the Near East and North Africa will be landing in Boston to examine the judiciary's role in preserving and strengthening government accountability, transparency, and individual civil rights. They will meet with members of the Commonwealth's courts system, as well as with faculty at Harvard Law School.

Russia: Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities
October 5-8

Four educators from one of Moscow's most prestigious public schools are coming to explore methods of utilizing innovative technology to facilitate inclusive learning for students with physical disabilities.  They will meet with faculty from universities and K-12 schools in and around Boston.
Ghana: The Use of Social Media in Political Campaigns
October 8-12

A delegation of twelve government officials are coming to examine the role of social media in public advocacy, civic engagement, and effective campaigning. They will meet with media outlets, including WGBH, as well as with public officials and nonprofits.
Liberia: Elections Preparation
October 23-27

Nineteen delegates will be in Boston to discuss how multiple issues and campaigns can be handled with one election.  Their meetings will include visits to local and state government, as well as with nonprofits focused on civic engagement.

Albania: Disability Rights Advocacy
October 27-November 2

A group of nine public officials will explore how the U.S. government collaborates with civil society to develop effective policies and laws to better protect the rights of people with disabilities. They will meet with organizations both in the private and public sector that work to improve the lives of disabled persons.
Russia: Developing Academic Writing Centers
October 29-November 2

Eight delegates will be coming to Boston to examine the American model of academic writing centers, including their role, function, and impact, at an institutional level. They will meet with top-level researchers and professors from universities around the city.
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.