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 program:

January 17, 2018

12 pm (lunch available at 11:30)

Alfond Youth Center, North Street Waterville

Dr. Richard Hopper

President, Kennebec Valley Community College

Higher Education in the Palestinian Authority

Last June Dr. Hopper visited universities in the Palestinian Territories to help them develop the process for accreditation and quality assurance. He will talk about his trip and what is happening with higher education in the challenging environment of the occupation.

         Dr. Richard R. Hopper assumed his post at KVCC in April 2013. Over the past four years he has overseen major investments in college infrastructure and programming. These include the new Harold Alfond Campus in Hinckley with state – of – the – art classrooms, laboratories, and the latest technology, including the new KVCC Center for Science and Agriculture. He has also overseen the implementation of several multi – million – dollar Department of Labor grants that have transformed information technology and other infrastructure. Under Dr. Hopper’s leadership KVCC has launched a new Honors Program , a rigorous option for students seeking a challenge and wishing to set themselves apart.

Prior to KVCC Dr. Hopper’s research and career focused on higher education worldwide with a dedicated emphasis on access and equity for the poor. Dr. Hopper has 32 years of professional experience in teaching, higher education administration, economics of education, and international development. His formal academic training is in economics (George Washington University), international affairs (Geneva, Switzerland), and education policy (Harvard University). In addition to a 15 year career at the World Bank as a Senior Education Specialist , he has managed US higher education programs abroad, assisted in the establishment of new universities abroad, and advised governments and individual institutions on investments, reforms, and labor market linkages. As part of his doctoral studies at Harvard, Dr. Hopper was a Fulbright Scholar in Bangladesh in the office of Grameen Bank founder and subsequent Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus. From 2010 – 2011 he served as a Senior Education Analyst at the OECD.

Lunch is $12, payable at the door. MMGF’s aim is to provide an affordable, tasty lunch; thank you in advance for understanding our need to slightly raise the cost of lunch in response to the rise in food costs.

Please register with your lunch request by Thursday January 11th  

by emailing Elizabeth.helitzer@maine.edu or by calling 207-621-3532

Sandwich options include: Chicken salad; Caprese sandwich with Mozzarella, tomato, and basil; or prosciutto cotto (baked Italian ham) and fresh mozzarella

Lunch includes cookies, coffee, tea and water.

Please note: registrants who request lunch are responsible for the lunch fees. If your plans change and you are unable to attend, please notify us so that lunch orders can be adjusted.

Wednesday, February 21

Dr. James Richter

Alfond Center, North Street

12 noon

Dr. Richter’s  current research pursues two different but related tracks. First, following upon earlier scholarship on the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Russian governance under Putin, I am working on a long-term project that compares and contrasts the relation between state and society in Russia and China. I am particularly interested in tracing continuing patterns of governance back through the imperial period of the 19th century.

His second line of research consists of a number of shorter studies in the politics of memory throughout Eastern Europe and Eurasia. I have two articles near completion, one comparing the different ways in which collectivization is commemorated in Kazakhstan and Ukraine, and another analyzing Putin’s efforts to manage the memory of the Russian revolutions during the centennial year of 2017. Other potential studies in this period include the politics of memory surrounding the expulsion of Germans in Poland and the Czech government, and the transnational diffusion of memory through institutes of history in many of the Eastern European states.

Details about lunch and registration will be posted closer to the program.

Wednesday, March 7

Holocaust and Human Rights Center

University of Maine Augusta

12 noon

Nick Mills

“The Vietnam War at 50/40: Lessons Not Learned”

More details will be posted soon. There will also be a February program to be announced soon, and a school and Forum program in the spring.