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 programs:

       Wednesday, March 7

Holocaust and Human Rights Center

University of Maine Augusta

12 noon: lunch at 11:30

Nick Mills

Failed Interventions and Lessons Unlearned — Vietnam to Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria

In this presentation we will discuss the history and the successes or failures of some of America’s foreign interventions. Since the end of WWII the United States has intervened in more than 70 countries, sometimes overtly militarily (Korea, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan), clandestinely (USSR, Chile) or with the use of proxies (Afghanistan in the 1980s, Syria today). Many of these interventions have had the stated aim of deterring the spread of Communism but in so doing they propped up brutal authoritarian regimes (Nicaragua, Guatemala), and in at least one case led to the assassination of a democratically elected leader (Chile). Today many are accusing Russia of intervening in the 2016 presidential election. When, and how, is foreign intervention wise, necessary — or reckless?

Nick B. Mills is a global strategic communication consultant with many years of experience as a teacher, trainer, adviser, spoken-word presentation coach, public relations counsel, broadcaster, and professional storyteller.  Mr. Mills taught broadcast and print journalism for 26 years at Boston University, managed educational programs for Boston University in London, Oxford University, and Washington, D.C.; and managed programs at B.U. for visiting Portuguese journalists.

He made thousands of news broadcasts on major Boston radio stations and nationwide on the ABC Radio Network; and coached high-ranking government, military and corporate leaders in the effective use of spoken-word communication in a variety of media.  Clients have included the president of Panama, the Defense Minister of Colombia, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the commander of the Indonesian armed forces, and many others.

Mr. Mills served with the 3rd Infantry Division in Baghdad, Iraq in 2007 as an adviser in the Division Public Affairs Office; in 1992, after the first Gulf War, he recruited and trained Iraqi Kurds in visual journalism, in northern Iraq. In 2004 Mr. Mills served as a trainer and adviser in the press office of President Hamid Karzai in Kabul, Afghanistan; his experiences in the presidential palace in Kabul led to his collaboration with President Karzai to produce a book, KARZAI – The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan.  Years before that in Peshawar, Pakistan he trained a hand-picked group of Afghans in journalism and established the first full-service Afghan news agency, AMRC, now based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Mr. Mills’s experience as an Army combat photographer in Vietnam led to the publication of two books, Combat Photographer (Boston Publishing/Time-Life) and The American Experience in Vietnam – Reflections on an Era (Boston Publishing/Zenith).  He has also written for Huffington Post, MaineToday.com, Foreign Policy, Yankee Magazine, and Gray’s Sporting Journal. He has written and produced award-winning radio commercials, and has been a featured storyteller at the Maine Lobster Festival.  Mr. Mills is a past president of the Board of Directors of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a member of the board of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, and president of the Upper Dam Camp Owners Association.

Lunch will be available at 11:30 AM and is $12 a person. People will be able to pay by check, credit card or cash. 
The program will run from 12 PM – 12:45 PM with 15 minutes for Q & A.
Lunch will be a sandwich and salad buffet, with cookies, chips, coffee, tea and soda. There will be gluten free and vegetarian options available. 
Please RSVP to Elizabeth Helitzer or by calling 207-621-3532. The RSVP deadline is Friday, March 2nd. 

April 12-13

We will be offering a program with the Colby College Art Museum. The programs, a reception at 5 pm on the Thursday and a panel discussion on immigration at 3 pm on the Friday, will involve a visiting Mexican artist,  Yoshua Okón

More details will be available soon!

Monday, April 30

Pious Ali

Pious Ali, who came to the USA from Ghana in 2001, is the first Muslim elected to the Portland City Council. He will be speaking about his own experience, about Islam, and about his journey in Maine.

This program will be presented twice, at 9 am at Messalonskee High School in Oakland, as part of the GF  annual school program funded by the Oak-Grove Foundation and at noon for our regular. 

More details and the location for the noon program will be posted soon.

Tuesday, June 5

Chris Asch

12 noon

   The Capital Area New Mainers Project is a cross-cultural organization that welcomes immigrants and works to create a thriving, integrated, multicultural community in central Maine. Based in Augusta, CANMP cultivates personal relationships between New Mainers and “old” Mainers, meets immigrant needs, and educates the broader community about the challenges that immigrants face and the benefits they bring to our area.

     Chris Myers Asch serves as CANMP’s Executive Director. A native of Washington, D.C., Chris teaches history part-time at Colby College and is the author most recently of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital. He and his wife live in Hallowell and have three children. 

More details will be posted closer to the event.