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Starr Forum at MIT: 
The Trump-Putin Phenomenon

Julia Ioffe, Moscow born American journalist who covers national security and foreign policy topics for The Atlantic

Garry Kasparov, Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, Russian chess grandmaster, former World Chess Champion, writer, and political activist. Kasparov's books Winter is Coming and Deep Thinking will be signed and sold at the event.
For more event information, click here.
Special WorldBoston Partnership
2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program

We at WorldBoston are proud to announce that we will be hosting a group of YLAI Professional Fellows this fall! YLAI empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

This year, a group of YLAI fellows from Latin American and the Caribbean will partner with WorldBoston and local business and organizations in order to increase their entrepreneurial knowledge and advancement. For more information on the YLAI Professional Fellows Program, read here.

Stay tuned for more information on our selected YLAI Fellows!

Dear Friends,

Hard to say goodbye to summer?  Don't worry: As the days grow shorter and cooler, our events calendar is growing and heating up! 

Flagships return: up next, Saudi Arabia & Gorbachev

This month, our flagship Global Education series,  Great Decisions and Chat & Chowder, resume. We're very pleased to kick off  Great Decisions  on September 26 in the beautiful new space at the Boston Public Library. Karen Elliott House, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and former managing editor at The Wall Street Journal, will discuss recent political developments in Saudi Arabia.

Break out the oyster crackers: Chat & Chowder is back on September 27. We'll hear from William Taubman, Professor Emeritus at Amherst College and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his 2004 biography of Nikita Khrushchev, as he talks about his latest work, Gorbachev, in the beautiful and friendly office of McDermott, Will & Emery.

The Consuls Reception and International Citizen Award draw near

We're excited for our annual, can't-miss celebration of the New England consular corps, the   8th Annual WorldBoston Consuls Reception, on October 19th!  And we're looking forward to hearing keynote remarks from Admiral James Stavridis, Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander. For information on sponsoring the Consuls Reception click here.

We're pleased to announce that our outgoing Board Chair, James D. Kaufman, is the recipient of the 20th WorldBoston International Citizen Award. For more information on the Award, which will be presented immediately before the Consuls Reception, please click here.

Sponsorships for both events are still open, but don't delay - they close October 1!  Individual tickets will go on sale soon.

Lots of visitors, new programs

2017 is a banner year for Citizen Diplomacy at WorldBoston.   You can see upcoming delegations, below. Be a Dinner Diplomat!  We're seeking meal hosts for delegations from Australia, Iceland, and Armenia. Contact Cathy Tripp

This fall, WorldBoston is proud to have been selected as a partner for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative,  which fosters business and social entrepreneurship.  Have a look at the sidebar of this email for more info.  

New and Returning Members

Many thanks to new and returning members in the past month:   Liz Riedford, Keerthika Subramanian, Omar Bareentto, Brian Pollock, and Siobhan O'Brien.  If you're not a member yet, we hope you'll consider joining - learn more about membership  here.
We hope to see you soon.
Mary P. Yntema
President & CEO
Save the Date: September's Global Education Events


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Great Decisions

"Saudi Arabia in Transition"
Tuesday, September 26

Karen Elliott House
Adjunct Sr. Fellow, Belfer Center at Harvard University; Former Managing Editor, The Wall Street Journal

The Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

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

Chat & Chowder

"Gorbachev: His Life and Times"
Wednesday, September 27

William Taubman
Pulitzer Prize Winner, Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College

McDermott Will & Emery
28 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

$15 WorldBoston Members
$25 General Admission

Meet our upcoming international visitors:

A Multi-regional Project, Change Makers: The Impact of Social Entrepreneurs in the U.S. September 12-16       

A delegation from 23 different countries will examine the role of social entrepreneurship in the U.S. The program objectives include exploring sustainability, self-sufficiency, and scalability in social ventures; networking with U.S. counterparts to discuss best practices and innovative approaches to social change; assessing the impact of strategic collaborations;  and understanding the role of new and social media in driving social entrepreneurship.

A Project for Australia on Youth Activism & Civic Engagement September 16-21

A delegation from Australia will examine American efforts to promote youth leadership, develop economic empowerment and encourage participation in the democratic process. They will explore programs at the nexus of public, private and philanthropic organizations that advance initiatives to enact significant social change. The objectives for this program are to examine
political engagement, entrepreneurship, civic responsibility, citizenship and leadership;
engage with government, NGOs and private initiatives ; and meet with mentors, educators, counselors, clergy and young people
to get first-hand experience in the field.

A Project for Poland on Higher Education
September 20-23

A delegation from Poland will focus on management in higher education. They will receive an overview of the U.S. tertiary education sector and the role it plays in job market readiness; survey how various higher education institutions manage administration, accreditation, endowments, financial assistance, student support services, advising, and international exchange programs; explore how universities work cooperatively with other organizations; and study how universities maximize the use of technology for academic and administrative

A Project for Armenia on Technology in Education
September 27-October 1

A delegation from Armenia will examine the pivotal role that technology plays in the education process by exploring the tendencies and successes of e-learning strategies at United States education institutions; observing teaching methodologies where learning environments focus on problem-centered and inquiry-based activities; exploring the platforms, software and other online tools to better understand the process and best practices ; and observing the United States practice of l inking research with the technological innovations reflected in the education system.

A Project for Iceland on Digital Health Solutions
September 27-October 4

A delegation from Iceland will explore digital healthcare information technology in the U.S. The program's objectives will be to provide an in-depth examination of the U.S. healthcare system; to highlight health IT solutions that have been incorporated into the U.S. healthcare system and their effect on the doctor/patient relationship; and to explore the role medical associations play in advocating for digital health solutions.

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.