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The Biden Administration and the Middle East

August 11, 2021, 6:15 PM

Mid-Maine Global Forum – Inaugural Linda Cotter Speaker Event


What is the Biden administration facing in the Middle East? Will there be a deal with Iran? Can the next blow-up between Israel and Hamas in Gaza be prevented? Are there any positive developments in a region that seems to know only conflict?


Ambassador Dennis Ross will discuss these and other issues.

The Mid-Maine Global forum is pleased to host Ambassador Dennis Ross as the speaker for our inaugural Linda Cotter Lecture.  Ambassador Ross is a leading expert on the Middle East, former Middle East peace envoy, former senior U.S. diplomat, and currently counselor and distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.  The Mid-Maine Global Forum is thrilled to be able to host our distinguished guest this summer.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is necessary to follow Colby College protocols.  This will be a fully vaccinated event.  Registration will be handled by SchoolDoc.com (CampDoc), a leading electronic health record system that is HIPPA approved.  Registrants will upload their vaccination card, indicate their meal choice, and make their payment all through this web service.

Please join us as Ambassador Ross shares his perceptions on the current situation in the Middle East.

Date:  WEDNESDAY, August 11th, 2021

Place:  Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center, Colby College

(See campus map at http://www.colby.edu) Park at rear of building.

Time:         6:15  Reception and Cash Bar

7:00  Dinner followed by Keynote Address and Q & A

Choice of Entree:

Grilled Vegetable Milhojas:

grilled summer vegetable with a chiffonade of fresh basil and olive and balsamic drizzle (vegan, made without gluten-containing ingredients


Roasted Frenched Chicken:

free range frenched roasted chicken breast served with blistered green beans garnished with fried shallots, and a red lentil ratatouille pilaf (made without gluten-containing ingredients)

Grilled Salmon:

grilled wild salmon with tamari sesame ginger glaze, pan-roasted bok choy, and lemongrass scented rice (made without gluten-containing ingredients)
Wine will be served with dinner.

Price: $45 per person

As seating is limited, please RSVP as soon as possible and before the deadline of August 1st to:


You will create an account, find instructions to register for the event, make your credit card payment, indicate who you would like to sit with, choose your dinner, and upload your vaccination card.  If you need assistance, the SchoolDoc (CampDoc) Support Team can be reached Monday - Friday from 8am-5pm at 734-619-8300

We look forward to seeing you in person, honoring MMGF Founder Linda Cotter together, and gaining insight on the Middle East from our esteemed speaker, Ambassador Dennis Ross.  Thank you so much!


The Mid-Maine Global Forum Board:   Steve Ball (President), Mary Benziger, Margy BurnsKnight (Vice-President), David Greenham, Michael Griffin (Treasurer), Sylvia Jadczak, Steve Knight (Secretary), Bill Lee, David Richards, Joan Sanzenbacher, Crystal Shamas-Douglas, Jerry Tipper


August 11, 2021
6:15 PM


Waterville, ME


Mid-Maine Global Forum
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