The Mid-Maine Global Forum contributes to the local community’s understanding of issues of global significance by organizing and disseminating informed public presentations and discussion.

   Our Next Events:


January 20

12:00 Rem Center

Professor Ken Rodman

Kenneth A. Rodman

Kenneth A. Rodman is the William R. Cotter Distinguished Teaching Professor of Government and the director of the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College.

He is the author of Sanctity versus Sovereignty: The United States and the Nationalization of Natural Resource Investments (1988) and Sanctions Beyond Borders: Multinational Corporations and U.S. Economic Statecraft (2001). His earlier work on economic sanctions has appeared in International Organization, Political Science Quarterly, and Ethics & International Affairs.

He is currently working on a project on the relationship between justice and negotiation strategies in international conflicts. He has spent the last year at the International Court of Criminal Justice in La Hague.

More details about his topic and registration will be posted later in December.

February 17, 2015 

Birgit Schneider

12:00 Waterville Public Library

Author of the new book ” The Technical Image,” Birgit is a leading expert on climate change and specializes in scientific imaging. She lives in Potsdam, Germany.

More details will be published soon.

March 5, 2015

12:00 Rem Center

Andrew Goodrich

Assistent Special Agent

Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Details about his topic will be posted at a later date.

Mr. Goodrich has worked as a Federal Marshall and in numerous countries for NCIS.

          April 15 (or 16th)    

12 noon Rem Center

                                                                   Eric Hooglund

“Civil War in Syria: Domestic, regional and international repercussions” – Syria’s “Arab spring” of March 2011 had transformed into a tragic sectarian civil conflict within six months, fracturing the ‘glue’ that for centuries had held together the mosaic of diverse Christian and Muslim communities that comprised Syria. Since 2012 thousands of militant foreign Islamist fighters—often called Jihadis and determined to rid Syria of what they consider to be an anti-Muslim regime, have overrun the country, thanks to tacit support they received from Saudi Arabia and Turkey.  Al-Qaeda in Syria was the most infamous of these groups during 2012 and 2013, but in 2014 a new group entered Syria from Iraq, proclaiming itself to be the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and later the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  The presentation will examine the role—both intentional and unintentional–of Jihadi intervention in fostering religious strife in Syria and assess the prospects for Syria’s multiple Christian and Muslim communities to return to confessional harmony.

Eric Hooglund, a Waterville native, is professor emeritus of Middle East Studies at Lund University in Sweden, an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Iran, and editor of the journal Middle East Critique. During a 40-year academic career, he has taught about the culture, international relations, and politics of the Middle East at colleges in Asia, Europe and the United States, including Oxford University and both Bates and Bowdoin in Maine. He is the author or editor of 7 books and more than 100 scholarly articles. He currently resides in Belgrade Lakes.

Lunch and registration details will be published closer to the date.

June 3, 2015

12 noon Rem Center

Lady Borton

“Legacies of the War, the Lingering Human Cost”

Lady Borton lives in Hanoi and spends her time working on helping the people of Vietnam with the legacy of the war.

Details will be published closer to this event.

Annual Program!!

Colby College

August 6, 2015

Senator George Mitchell

The Forum’s annual program will have former Senator George Mitchell speak on “The Future of Democracy.” This is a dinner program held at Colby College. 

Details and registration information to be published in the summer.