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 programs:

 Monday, April 30

12 Noon at the Alfond Center

Pious Ali

From Town Square to City Hall: 

 Maine’s first elected African born Muslim immigrant’s journey from community organizing to policy making and lessons learned

Pious Ali, a Youth and Community Engagement Specialist at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, has spent the better part of his life focused on community engagement.

Pious is the first African-born Muslim American to be elected to public office in Maine, becoming a member of the city’s elected Board of Public Education in 2013 and an at Large- City Councilor in November 2016.  He also founded the Maine Interfaith Youth Alliance and is the co-founder of King Fellows, a Portland-based youth group dedicated to creating meaningful opportunities for youth through leadership and civic engagement based on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Pious is an alumnus of the Institute for Civic Leadership (now known as Lift360), and in 2015 he was named Lift360’s Most Distinguished Alumnus.

A native of Ghana, Pious migrated to the United States (NY) in 2000 and has called Portland his home for the past decade where he lives with his children ( daughter and son). He is also a gifted photographer and has worked as a photojournalist for a range of print publications in Ghana.

This program will be presented twice, at 9 am at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, as part of the GF  annual school program funded by the Oak-Grove Foundation, and at noon for our regular lunch program.

Lunch choices: vegetarian wrap, chicken pesto or roast beef, served with Hungarian-mushroom soups, cookie, coffee and tea. $12

Please register by Friday, April 27, by emailing Steve Knight or call 689-8462 and leave a message if you don’t receive an answer.
Remember that you are responsible for the cost of the lunch unless you cancel by the Friday.

Tuesday, May 1

7 pm

One showing only. FREE to any student

Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville


As part of our Oak-Grove grant to provide programs in schools and for the broader community, the Forum is please to host this documentary film.

Soufra follows the unlikely and wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she sets out against all odds to change her fate by launching a successful catering company, “Soufra,” and then expand it into a food truck business with a diverse team of fellow refugee woman who now share this camp as their home.

See Soufra for more information and a trailer.

Please bring friends and students for a powerful story of refugee women.

Tuesday, June 5

Chris Asch

12 noon Alfond Center

   The Capital Area New Mainers Project is a cross-cultural organization that welcomes immigrants and works to create a thriving, integrated, multicultural community in central Maine. Based in Augusta, CANMP cultivates personal relationships between New Mainers and “old” Mainers, meets immigrant needs, and educates the broader community about the challenges that immigrants face and the benefits they bring to our area.

     Chris Myers Asch serves as CANMP’s Executive Director. A native of Washington, D.C., Chris teaches history part-time at Colby College and is the author most recently of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital. He and his wife live in Hallowell and have three children. 

More details will be posted closer to the event.