The mission of WorldBoston is to foster engagement in international affairs and cooperation with peoples of all nations. As globalization increasingly shapes every aspect of life on our planet, so does the Greater Boston region increasingly experience, and even help shape, these global trends. By means of their nationally-recognized global engagement and citizen diplomacy programs and our networking and community events, every year WorldBoston provides people from all over the world – and people right here – hundreds of opportunities for learning and connection.
Natalie Mase, Manager of Operations and Global Engagement Programs, Email, 201-655-1154
Mary Yntema, President & CEO, Email, 617-542-8995
Sarah Sibley, Vice President for Citizen Diplomacy, Email
Jeffery Cymrot, Board Chair, Email, 617-542-8995
Ramsay Thurber, Board Member and Governance Chair, Email, 617-542-8995
September 22 | Chat & Chowder with Nicole Perlroth
This Is How They Tell Me the World Ends is the untold history of the cyber arms trade, an invisible, classified market, spawned by the United States that has altered the balance of global politics and rendered Americans vulnerable. Starting in the 1990s, American defense contractors and intelligence agencies began paying hackers six figure sums to turn over holes in software and hardware that could be used for espionage and the increasing likelihood of cyberwar. Even as the world started migrating to the same technology, this government-sponsored market ensured that gaping holes that might otherwise be patched, were left open—leaving Americans vastly more vulnerable than other nations.
This Is How They Tell Me The World Ends is an astonishing feat of journalism. Based on years of reporting and hundreds of interviews, The New York Times reporter Nicole Perlroth lifts the curtain on a market in shadow, revealing the urgent threat faced by us all if we cannot bring the global cyber arms race to heel.
September 29 | Great Decisions | The WHO's Response to Covid
The Covid-19 pandemic has thrust the World Health Organization (WHO) into the limelight, for better and for worse. While some of the Trump administration’s criticism of the organization is unfair, the response to the early stages of the pandemic left many experts wanting more from the WHO. What is the WHO’s role in responding to international pandemics? What can be done to improve the WHO’s response to future global health crises?
Dr. Kelley Lee is trained in International Relations and Public Administration with a focus on international political economy. She spent over twenty years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She was a core member of donor-led studies of WHO reform during the 1990s. She co-established the WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Change and Health, and chaired the WHO Resource Group on Globalization, Trade and Health. Her research focuses on the impacts of globalization on population health, and the ways collective action and global governance can mitigate these impacts. Her current research, leading the Pandemics and Borders Project, focuses on the use of cross-border measures (travel and trade) during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the implications for global responses governed by the WHO International Health Regulations. She is also working with leading scholars worldwide to advance the conceptualization and measurement of the commercial determinants of health.
October 14 | Chat & Chowder with Sam Kaplan
WorldBoston's Chat & Chowder features key authors on international affairs in an engaging setting. Even virtually, the spirit of Chat & Chowder persists! We encourage everyone to BYOCB (Bring Your Own Chow(der) & Beverages), and also to join us for the informal post-Chat Chat (separate Zoom link will be provided). Longtime and first-time chatters alike are welcome!
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