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      Our Next Events:         

April 15     

12 noon Rem Center

Eric Hooglund

“Civil War in Syria: Domestic, regional and international repercussions” – Syria’s “Arab spring” of March 2011 had transformed into a tragic sectarian civil conflict within six months, fracturing the ‘glue’ that for centuries had held together the mosaic of diverse Christian and Muslim communities that comprised Syria. Since 2012 thousands of militant foreign Islamist fighters—often called Jihadis and determined to rid Syria of what they consider to be an anti-Muslim regime, have overrun the country, thanks to tacit support they received from Saudi Arabia and Turkey.  Al-Qaeda in Syria was the most infamous of these groups during 2012 and 2013, but in 2014 a new group entered Syria from Iraq, proclaiming itself to be the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and later the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).  The presentation will examine the role—both intentional and unintentional–of Jihadi intervention in fostering religious strife in Syria and assess the prospects for Syria’s multiple Christian and Muslim communities to return to confessional harmony.

Eric Hooglund, a Waterville native, is professor emeritus of Middle East Studies at Lund University in Sweden, an internationally recognized scholar of contemporary Iran, and editor of the journal Middle East Critique. During a 40-year academic career, he has taught about the culture, international relations, and politics of the Middle East at colleges in Asia, Europe and the United States, including Oxford University and both Bates and Bowdoin in Maine. He is the author or editor of 7 books and more than 100 scholarly articles. He currently resides in Belgrade Lakes.

Please Register by Email: bsammons or by telephone: Bonnie Sammons at 716-1022

Lunch catered by Barrels Market for $10 – Please pay at the door.

Please register for this Wednesday lunch program no later than Monday April 13

Please indicate your lunch choice:   Sandwiches:  Ham and Swiss, Roast Chicken Salad, Hummus/Veggie

Lunch includes your choice of sandwich, soup, cookie, coffee or  tea.

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


Mid-Maine Global Forum is pleased to offer this program at:

12:00 Noon, April 15, 2015,   at our regular venue,

The REM Center: 93 Main Street, Waterville

May 20

Erskine Academy

Yvonne Davis

Yvonne Davis is an international relations expert specializing in politics and world affairs around the globe. She has worked in dozens of countries in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe studying and reporting on critical economic and socio-political issues.

Davis was a Presidential Appointee of George W. Bush, and serves as a guest lecturer and speaker for the U.S. Department of State and Universities worldwide.

Davis holds a M.S. in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University, and a M.A. in Political Science with an emphasis in International Relations, Comparative Politics and Political Theory from the University of Connecticut. She completed graduate leadership studies in Belgium, and completed “The Art and Practice of Leadership,” at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Executive Leadership Program at Cornell University.

Details and the time of this school program will be posted asap.


June 3, 2015

12 noon Rem Center

Lady Borton

“Legacies of the War, the Lingering Human Cost”

Lady Borton lives in Hanoi and spends her time working on helping the people of Vietnam with the legacy of the war.

Details will be published closer to this event.

Annual Program!!

Colby College

August 6, 2015

Senator George Mitchell

The Forum’s annual program will have former Senator George Mitchell speak on “The Future of Democracy.” This is a dinner program held at Colby College. 

Details and registration information to be published in the summer.