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
Special notice: Last spring the Forum considered ways to make the summer dinner program sustainable over the long haul. The Forum decided to honor its founder, Linda Cotter, by establishing the “Linda Cotter Speakers’ Fund” in her honor. So far the fund has grown significantly. The GF hopes that it can offer the dinner program next summer as a live event (see below for information about the speaker for next summer).
To contribute to the fund, send checks to The Mid-Maine Global Forum, PO Box 2636, Waterville, Maine 04903
On a very sad note Linda Cotter has passed away at the age of 83 in Concord, Massachusetts.
Thank you for all the support for the Global Forum!
The Global Forum board is planning a full slate of programs for 2021. Information will be posted as details are arranged.
All of these programs will be on Zoom. This reflects the reality of what we face as a society. It does mean that we can find speakers from farther away.
Upcoming this Winter
The Mid-Maine Global Forum in partnership with the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine presents a free program: Marwa Hassanien – Challenging Misconceptions of Women in Islam Tuesday, March 16, 2021 – 12 – 1 p.m. Mid-Maine Global Forum will continue its focus on women around the world with a program presented in partnership with the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine on Monday, March 15th from 12 – 1 p.m. featuring Marwa Hassanien “Challenging Misconceptions of Women in Islam” 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. She is the System Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Northern Light Health and a Tutor Trainer for the Literacy Volunteers of Bangor. She currently serves on the Boards of the Maine Multicultural Center and the Auxiliary of the Penobscot County Medical Society. Additionally, she was elected to serve on the Bangor School Committee this past November. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking, running, and taking boxing classes. To register see the link on the email program announcement. Registration
Summer Dinner Program
Late July or early August, 2021
The Linda Cotter Lecture
late July or early August: details will be posted as soon as plans are finalized.
The speaker: Ambassador Dennis Ross
Ambassador Dennis Ross is counselor and William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Prior to returning to the Institute in 2011, he served two years as special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council senior director for the Central Region, and a year as special advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
For more than twelve years, Ambassador Ross played a leading role in shaping U.S. involvement in the Middle East peace process and dealing directly with the parties in negotiations. A highly skilled diplomat, Ambassador Ross was U.S. point man on the peace process in both the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations. He was instrumental in assisting Israelis and Palestinians to reach the 1995 Interim Agreement; he also successfully brokered the 1997 Hebron Accord, facilitated the 1994 Israel-Jordan peace treaty, and intensively worked to bring Israel and Syria together.
A scholar and diplomat with more than two decades of experience in Soviet and Middle East policy, Ambassador Ross worked closely with Secretaries of State James Baker, Warren Christopher, and Madeleine Albright. Prior to his service as special Middle East coordinator under President Clinton, Ambassador Ross served as director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the first Bush administration. In that capacity, he played a prominent role in U.S. policy toward the former Soviet Union, the unification of Germany and its integration into NATO, arms control negotiations, and the 1991 Gulf War coalition.
During the Reagan administration, he served as director of Near East and South Asian affairs on the National Security Council staff and deputy director of the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment. Ambassador Ross was awarded the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service by President Clinton, and Secretaries Baker and Albright presented him with the State Department’s highest award.
A 1970 graduate of UCLA, Ambassador Ross wrote his doctoral dissertation on Soviet decisionmaking, and from 1984 to 1986 served as executive director of the Berkeley-Stanford program on Soviet International Behavior. He received UCLA’s highest medal and has been named UCLA alumnus of the year. He has also received honorary doctorates from Brandeis, Amherst, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Syracuse University. Ambassador Ross was named a 2016-2017 senior fellow by Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Ambassador Ross has published extensively on the former Soviet Union, arms control, and the greater Middle East, contributing numerous chapters to anthologies. In the 1970s and 1980s, his articles appeared in World Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Orbis, International Security, Survival, and Journal of Strategic Studies. Since leaving government at the end of 2011, he has authored many op-eds in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other papers and magazines. In addition, he writes monthly columns for US News and World Report, and the New York Daily News. In addition, he writes monthly columns for the Middle Eastern newspaper Asharq al-awsat.
Ross is the author of several influential books on the peace process, the Middle East, and international relations. His most recent book, co-written with his Washington Institute colleague David Makovsky, is Be Strong and of Good Courage: How Israel’s Most Important Leaders Shaped Its Destiny (PublicAffairs, September 2019). The book illustrates “profiles in courage” of four Israeli leaders who faced existential questions about the future of Israel: David Ben-Gurion, Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin, and Ariel Sharon. Ross and Makovsky provide a reminder of the courageous decisions taken by these leaders in the past and calls for yet another courageous decision in the present to preserve Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state. Previously, Ross authored Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, October 2015). That book was awarded the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for history. He also co-authored Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East (Viking, June 2009) with Mr. Makovsky. An earlier study, The Missing Peace: The Inside Story of the Fight for Middle East Peace (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004), offers comprehensive analytical and personal insight into the Middle East peace process. The New York Times praised his 2007 publication, Statecraft, And How to Restore America’s Standing in the World (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007), as “important and illuminating.”