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Unless otherwise announced, our programs will downtown in the Chace Center in Colby’s new building on Maine Street.
Note: Summer program this year!! See below.
The next Forum programs:
Thursday, May 16 7:15 pm
Admission: $5 for adults, all students are free!
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:
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
9 am Erskine Academy
12 noon Regular GF Program
Colby College Chace Center, Main Street, Waterville
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
As usual we are offering a lunch option from Jorgensen’s. Remember you are free to bring your own food.
Choose roast beef sandwich, chicken pesto wrap, or vegetarian wrap with a vegan option, served with Hungarian soup, cookie, coffee or tea, $12, pay at the door. To register and request the lunch email Margy or call 207-377-2031
June 11, 2019
12 noon; lunch available at 11:30
Prof. Dan LaFave
Economic Development in Africa and China’s Role
Chace Center, Colby College, Main Street, Waterville
Summer Dinner Program
Professor Stephen Walt
Harvard Kennedy School
The Hell of Good Intentions: American Foreign Policy and the Decline of U.S. Primacy
Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he served as Academic Dean from 2002 to 2006. He previously taught at Princeton and at the University of Chicago, where he was Master of the Social Sciences Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences. He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, co-chair of the editorial board of International Security, and co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005 and received the International Studies Association’s Distinguished Senior Scholar award in 2014. His books include The Origins of Alliances, which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award, and Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy, which was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber International Affairs Book Award and the Arthur Ross Book Prize. His most recent book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (co-authored with John J. Mearsheimer) was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into more than twenty foreign languages.
Information about registration for this dinner event will be posted as soon as it is available.