4/11/2022 COVID Update: The State of Maine no longer requires masking or proof of vaccination to attend any public events, but individual venues are free to do so. For the latest information, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention or the State of Maine’s COVID site.

Climate Change, Conflict, and Migration

Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME

Andrew Stancioff is a geologist, natural resource planner, analyst, and manager with 35 years of experience in geology, hydrology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, climatology, and oceanography. He has 40 years of experience in developing countries and 24 years in Africa. During the last ten years, Mr. Stancioff has worked to develop methods and models to monitor […]

$12

Does Trump + Putin = The End of The West?

Margaret Chase Smith Library 56 Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan, ME

Seth Singleton is Adjunct Professor of Political Science and Libra Professor of International Relations at the University of Maine. He won the American Political Science Association prize for best dissertation in International Relations while at Yale University and has held grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Council on Soviet and East European Research, the […]

Free

What the Paris Climate Agreement Means for Africa

Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME

Doreen Stabinsky is professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA. Her research focuses on political and policy responses to the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security, with a particular interest in impacts on the African continent, and primarily within the context of the UN […]

Contemporary Africa-China and Corruption: Challenge or Curse?

Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME

After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1966, speaker Jim Friedlander joined the Peace Corps and was stationed in Malawi. Thus began a half century international career. He was legal advisor to Malawi’s Foreign Ministry, followed by stints with the World Bank, Citibank, and international law firms, large and small. He has lived for extensive […]

$12

TransMilitary

Railroad Square Cinema 17 Railroad Square, Waterville, ME

Post-screening discussion with Kyle Knight of Human Rights Watch and Katherine (Katie) Taylor, USCG veteran and founder of the Kennebec Valley Queer Coalition.  TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals defending their country’s freedom while fighting for their own. They put their careers and their families’ livelihoods on the line by coming out as transgender […]

Free – $5

Fact-Finding in a Fake News World: Defending Global LGBT Rights

Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME

Kyle Knight is a researcher in the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining the LGBT rights program, he was a fellow at the Williams Institute of the University of California at Los Angeles and a Fulbright scholar in Nepal. As a journalist he has worked for Agence France-Presse in Nepal and […]

$12

Economic Development in Africa and China’s Role

Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME

Our speaker, Dan LaFave, is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Faculty Affiliate of the East Asian Studies and Global Studies programs at Colby College. His research focuses on the interplay of health, human capital, and labor markets in developing settings. Dan works closely with undergraduate researchers and teaches courses in econometrics, development economics, health economics, […]

Free – $12

Catastrophe on Southern Border

Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME

Join Steve and Molly Saunders of Wayne, Me. for a talk about their experience volunteering recently in El Paso, Texas. As former Peace Corps Volunteers in El Salvador, Steve and Molly heard about the need for Spanish speakers at a church-run shelter for asylum seekers coming from Central America upon their being released from detention […]

Collecting Fog in Morocco

Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME

Jamila Bargach, Colby College’s Oak Fellow, is an activist and anthropologist who has dedicated her life to serving under resourced communities in Southwest Morocco, creating sustainable initiatives through education and scientific innovation. She is the co-founder of Dar Si Hmad, which operates the largest functioning fog collection project in the world, a system which fosters […]

$12

The Afterlife of the Berlin Wall

Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME

Colby College Professor Jennifer Yoder wil speak about the lasting impact of walls – physical, mental and symbolic – in Germany and Europe including Angela Merkel’s legacy and national populism in Germany. Yoder is the Robert E. Diamond Chair of Government and Global Studies at Colby College where she has taught since 1996. Yoder’s courses […]

$12

The US and the Middle East: What Next?

Chace Forum, Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons 150 Main Street, Waterville, ME

Cancelled due to snow! Steven Simon is Professor in the Practice of International Relations at Colby College, following stints as John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of History at Amherst College and lecturer in government at Dartmouth College. He is also a research analyst for the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. Prior to this, he was […]

Colby College Oak Fellow Venuste Kubwimana

This event is CANCELLED Water activist Venuste Kubwimana founded “A Water Kiosk at School”, a start-up which has transformed communities and engaged schools in rural Kenya and Rwanda by improving access to clean water. Kubwimana was born and brought up in a rural and poor family of seven siblings in the Southern province of Rwanda. After losing […]

Leeke-Shaw Lecture

At Easter time in 1949, Margaret Chase Smith gave a radio speech over the Mutual Broadcasting System expressing regret “that so few women have been chosen to participate in the United Nations.” In the aftermath of two World Wars, Senator Smith went on to assert, “Wars are man-made. Peace could be partially woman-made.” Seventy years […]

Free

Healthcare of Indigenous People of Paraguay

Online Event ME

George Ritz, a forester from Bradford, Maine is a University of Maine graduate. He has been recognized by the School of Forest Resources as Distinguished Alumni and by the Society of American Foresters as Outstanding Field Forester in the Northeast region. He and his wife, Sylvia, are recipients of the Bernard Lown Humanitarian Award which […]

Free

Biden and the Middle East

Online Event ME

Mid-Maine Global Forum presents Prof Steven Simon Discussing Biden and the Middle East Steven Simon is Professor in the Practice of International Relations at Colby College, following stints as John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of History at Amherst College and lecturer in government at Dartmouth College. He is also a research analyst for the Quincy Institute […]

Free

Women and Work-Family Reconciliation: Lessons from Comparative Social Policy

Online Event ME

Our speaker, Christel Kesler, is Associate Professor of Sociology at Colby College. She also currently serves as the Faculty Associate Director of Colby’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs. Kesler holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California-Berkeley, and has previously held positions at Barnard College and Oxford University. Kesler’s research focuses broadly on […]

Free

Challenging Misconceptions of Women in Islam

Online Event ME

Marwa Hassanien, her husband, and their four children have called Bangor their home since 2005. Marwa grew up in Stillwater, Oklahoma before moving to the East Coast with her husband. She earned her Master’s degree in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction from the University of Maine, and is a Doctoral student in the Literacy Education program. […]

Free

Adjusting to School in a New Country

Online Event ME

Join the Mid-Maine Global Forum for a special panel discussion moderated by Chris Asch of the Capital Area New Mainers Project, featuring Duha Al Edany, Hadeel Alseleh, and Halah Al Subaihawi. They are students who are involved with the CANMP program and will speak about adjusting to school in a new country. This event will […]

Free

Global Migration, US Refugee Resettlement, and Maine’s Unique Challenges and Opportunities

Online Event ME

The MidMaine Global Forum presents Tarlan Ahmadov, State Refugee Coordinator for the Office of Maine Refugee Services at Catholic Charities Maine. Mr. Ahmadov will present a program entitled: “Global Migration, US Refugee Resettlement, and Maine’s Unique Challenges and Opportunities” A free virtual presentation on Monday, May 24th from 12 – 1 p.m. This talk will […]

Free

Margaret Chase Smith Library Leeke-Shaw Lecture

Online Event ME

The Margaret Chase Smith Library is pleased to announce Pamela White as the speaker for the 2021 Leeke-Shaw Lecture on International Affairs. This lecture is cosponsored by the Mid-Maine Global Forum. Ambassador White had a long career as a diplomat. Following graduation from the University of Maine in 1971, she served in Cameroon as a […]

Free

2021 Oak Human Rights Fellow: Olga Sadovskaya (Rescheduled)

Online Event ME

(Rescheduled from Oct 7, 2021) The Oak Fellow for Incarceration and Human Rights is Russian human rights lawyer Olga Sadovskaya, a human rights lawyer working as the vice-chair of the Committee Against Torture in Russia.  She has been working on issues surrounding torture for over 18 years.  She began this human rights initiative in 2000 along […]

Free

John Hanley: My Experience Working with Children at the Haitian/Dominican Border

Online Event ME

Upon completing my BA in Psychology I worked in a Children’s Residential Treatment Center in Florida from 1995 – 2006. During that time I completed masters degrees in Social Work and Healthcare Administration. In 2007 my wife Melissa and our 6 year-old daughter Kate moved to the Dominican Republic. From 2007 – 2010 we were […]

Free

Global Food Insecurity: Covid, Conflict, & Climate Change

Online Event ME

With Kimberly Flowers, Executive Director of the Goldfarb Center at Colby College Ms. Flowers has two decades of experience in public policy, international development, and strategic communications and has been a frequent speaker and moderator on global food security trends. She joined Colby College in March 2020 as the executive director of the Goldfarb Center […]

Free

Recurring

Masi Ngidi-Brown: Programs for International Students at Colby College

Best Western Plus 375 Main Street, Waterville, ME

In collaboration with the Waterville Rotary, the Mid-Maine Global foreign presents Masi Ngidi-Brown, Director of International Student Programs and Associate Director of the Pugh Center. She will talk about international students at Colby and how these programs are changing. A buffet lunch will be available. The cost is $15 cash. To sign up for the lunch, […]

Ukraine War: The Holiday from History is Over

Schair Swenson Watson Alumni Center, Colby College Mayflower Hill Drive, Waterville, ME

Mid-Maine Global Forum –Linda Cotter Speaker Event  Ukraine War: The Holiday from History is Over  Heather Conley, President of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S.   The Mid-Maine Global Forum along with the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs is pleased to host Heather Conley as the speaker for our annual Linda Cotter Speaker Event.  […]

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