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 at Colby’s new building on Maine Street in the Chace Center.

The next Forum program:

Friday, October 19

12-1 pm; registration at 11:30

University of Maine Professor Seth Singleton

Does Trump + Putin = The End of The West?

 Margaret Chase Smith Library, Skowhegan

This program is part of the Forum’s collaboration with the MC Smith Library

   Seth Singleton teaches international relations at the University of Maine. He studied Russian history at Harvard and received his Ph.D in International Relations at Yale.  He won the American Political Science Association prize for best dissertation in International Relations while at Yale University and has held grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Council on Soviet and East European Research, the Fulbright program, and the Open Society Institute. He has lived and worked at universities in Russia, Tanzania, Ecuador, and Vietnam, and consulted in China, Mongolia, and Bolivia. Along with teaching, he has been faculty research associate at Harvard and academic dean in universities in the US and overseas, most recently Associate Provost in charge of curriculum and faculty at the new Tan Tao University in Vietnam. Seth and Charlotte Singleton live in Mount Desert.

The talk will begin at 12 PM with registration starting at 11:30.  The Library will provide water and light refreshments.  If you would like a sandwich, fill out the enclosed order form and mail it with payment of $10 per meal by October 12th.  If paying by check, make it out to the Margaret Chase Smith Library.  You are welcome to bring your own lunch if you prefer. You can mail in a check in advance or pay at registration.

Registration closed.

Friday, November 9

Colby’s Chace Center, downtown Waterville

Enter the door on Main Street across from Portland Pie

Professor Laura Seay

“Understanding Violence in Central Africa.” 

Friday, December 14

Professor Linda Beck

12 noon

Colby’s Chace Center, Main Street, Downtown Waterville

Les Sénégalais d”Amérique: The “Push Pull” of Senegalese Emigration

  Professor of Political Science/Director of International and Global Studies has a MA and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin; 1991 MA University of Wisconsin. Her  areas of expertise are Political Science: Comparative Politics (Africa, Muslim World), Environmental Politics, Political Philosophy. Since joining the faculty in 2006, Linda Beck has developed several new courses that reflect her research interests, such as Civic Engagement & Social Accountability in which students work on a service-learning project with one of Maine’s many non-profit organizations.
  Linda has herself conducted research on social accountability in both Africa and Asia. She has also worked with Maine’s environmental community, serving as president of the Maine Conservation Alliance. Her work on environmental issues in the US and overseas informs her newly developed course, Environmental Politics in Comparative Perspective. Linda has published various articles, chapters in edited volumes and a book on ethno-politics and democratization in Senegal (W. Africa), and has conducted research for various development organizations such as the US Agency for International Development, the World Bank, Freedom House, and the International Budget Project.
Details about lunch and registration will be published at a later date.