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. To become a member or be put on our mailing list, email Global Forum  

Unless otherwise indicated, all events are now at the Alfond Center on North Street.

The next regular Global Forum program:

January 17, 2018

12 pm (lunch available at 11:30)

Alfond Youth Center, North Street Waterville

Dr. Richard Hopper

President, Kennebec Valley Community College

Higher Education in the Palestinian Authority

Last June Dr. Hopper visited universities in the Palestinian Territories to help them develop the process for accreditation and quality assurance. He will talk about his trip and what is happening with higher education in the challenging environment of the occupation.

         Dr. Richard R. Hopper assumed his post at KVCC in April 2013. Over the past four years he has overseen major investments in college infrastructure and programming. These include the new Harold Alfond Campus in Hinckley with state – of – the – art classrooms, laboratories, and the latest technology, including the new KVCC Center for Science and Agriculture. He has also overseen the implementation of several multi – million – dollar Department of Labor grants that have transformed information technology and other infrastructure. Under Dr. Hopper’s leadership KVCC has launched a new Honors Program , a rigorous option for students seeking a challenge and wishing to set themselves apart.

Prior to KVCC Dr. Hopper’s research and career focused on higher education worldwide with a dedicated emphasis on access and equity for the poor. Dr. Hopper has 32 years of professional experience in teaching, higher education administration, economics of education, and international development. His formal academic training is in economics (George Washington University), international affairs (Geneva, Switzerland), and education policy (Harvard University). In addition to a 15 year career at the World Bank as a Senior Education Specialist , he has managed US higher education programs abroad, assisted in the establishment of new universities abroad, and advised governments and individual institutions on investments, reforms, and labor market linkages. As part of his doctoral studies at Harvard, Dr. Hopper was a Fulbright Scholar in Bangladesh in the office of Grameen Bank founder and subsequent Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. From 2010 – 2011 he served as a Senior Education Analyst at the OECD.

Information about registration and lunch options will be posted soon.

Wednesday, March 7

Holocaust and Human Rights Center

University of Maine Augusta

12 noon

Nick Mills

“The Vietnam War at 50/40: Lessons Not Learned”

More details will be posted soon. There will also be a February program to be announced soon, and a school and Forum program in the spring.