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 announced, our programs will downtown in the Chace Center in Colby’s new building on Maine Street.

Note: There will be a summer program this year at Colby College in early August.

The next Forum program:

Tuesday, April 30, 11:30-1 Pm

(Lunch available at 11:30, program starts at noon)

In collaboration with the Margaret Chase Smith Library

Leeke-Shaw Lecture on International Affairs

56 Norridgewock Avenue, Skowhegan

Stephany Perkins, JMG Specialist – Madison Area Memorial High School

“American Idealism Meets African Potential: JMG Goes Global”.

  Over the past year, speakers have talked to the Mid-Maine Global Forum about the many problems Africa faces: overpopulation and underdevelopment, starvation and strife, climate change and corruption.  Yet, it remains a continent with enormous potential because of its youthful demographics. 

  Stephany Perkins will be speaking about work she has done in Tanzania to turn promise into prosperity.  She has brought the same toolbox of skills that she teaches to students in Maine through the Jobs for Maine Graduates program — problem solving, leadership, teamwork, communication, and decision making – to young people in Africa.  She will focus her presentation on the JMG Employability Skills and Entrepreneurship Program, which she piloted in Arusha, Tanzania in June 2018.

  Before becoming a JMG specialist at Madison Area Memorial High School in 2015, Stephany served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania for two years.  She has also managed a safari camp in the country.  She is a Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude graduate of Wheaton College.

  If you would like to order lunch, you will need to do so through the Margaret Chase Smith Library.  A variety of sandwiches options with beverage and dessert will be available for $10.  For more information, to register and order lunch contact Lynnette King at lking@mcslibrary.org or 474-7133.


Thursday, May 16 7:15

Admission: $5 for adults, all students are free!

Film: Transmilitary

Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville

See Transmilitary for more information and a trailer.

The film will be followed by a discussion led by Kyle Knight of Human Rights Watch (see information below on Friday’s talk) and Katherine (Katie) Taylor, whose bio appears here:

Katherine Taylor is a USCG veteran. She is the founder of Kennebec Valley Queer Coalition. She also does peer support facilitation for Maine Trans Net and NAMI Maine. Katie has provided LGBTQ+ veteran trainings at Togus Maine VA as well as at the White River Junction, Vermont VA Medical Center. Katie is hopeful that her being transgender is the least interesting facet of who she is.

TransMilitary chronicles the lives of four individuals (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace and First Lieutenant El Cook) 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 to top brass officials in the Pentagon in hopes of attaining the equal right to serve. The ban was lifted in 2016, but with President Trump now trying to reinstate it, their futures hang in the balance again.

Around 15,500 transgender people serve in the U.S. military (notably the largest transgender employer in the U.S.), where they must conceal their gender identity because military policies ban their service.

Friday, May 17 

Kyle Knight

9 am Erskine Academy


12 noon Regular GF Program

Colby College Chace Center, Main Street, Waterville

Kyle Knight

      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 for IRIN, the UN’s humanitarian news service, reporting from Burma, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia. He has previously worked for UNAIDS, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, and in the children’s rights and health and human rights divisions at Human Rights Watch. He studied cultural anthropology at Duke University.

He has written numerous article. See Kyle Knight

Details about lunch options and registration will be posted in April.

June 11, 2019

Prof. Dan LaFave

Chace Center, Colby College, Main Street, Waterville

   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, and microeconomics. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke
Details about lunch, etc will be posted closer to the event.