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

Note: There will be a summer program this year at Colby College in early August.

The next Forum program:

Wednesday, March 20

12 noon (lunch ready by 11:30)

Chace center, Colby College, Main Street, Waterville

 Jim Friedlander

         Contemporary Africa-China and Corruption-Challenge or Curse?

 After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1966, Jim joined the Peace Corps and was stationed in  Malawi.  Thus began a half century international career.  He was legal advisor to Malawi’s Foreign Ministry, followed by stints  with the World Bank, Citibank and international law firms both large and small. He has lived for extensive periods in the DC area, Nairobi, Moscow and now London and  has worked directly in 25 African countries as well as in the Soviet Union/Russia and Eastern Europe. Jim has worked as both a lawyer and banker and served on the boards of a listed bank and a listed mining company.  He is currently on the board of a renewable energy company.
    During this semi-annual trip to the States, he will join other 1966 Malawi volunteers in Florida.
Lunch choices: Roast beef sandwich, chicken pesto, and vegetarian with vegan option, served with Hungarian vegetable soup, cookie, coffee and tea. Lunch will be served at 11:30.
To register email Margy or call her at 207-377-2031 or reply to this email.
Remember if you order lunch and plans change you need to notify Margy ahead of time or pay the GF for your meal. Of course as always you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

Thursday, May 16 7:15

Admission: $5 for adults, all students are free!

Film: Transmilitary

Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville

See Transmilitary for more information and a trailer.

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 

Kyle Knight

9 am Erskine Academy


12 noon Regular GF Program

Colby College Chace Center, Main Street, Waterville

Kyle Knight

      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

Details about lunch options and registration will be posted in April.

Date to be determined:

Prof. Dan LaFave

   Dan LaFave is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Faculty Affiliate of the East Asian Studies and Global Studies programs at Colby College. His research focuses on the interplay of health, human capital, and labor markets in developing settings. Dan works closely with undergraduate researchers and teaches courses in econometrics, development economics, health economics, and microeconomics. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke
More details will be posted later in the winter.