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.

There will also be a program at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in late February. Details to be posted soon.

The next Forum program:

Wednesday, January 23

12 noon (lunch available at 11:30)

Chace Center, Colby College, Maine Street Waterville

Professor Doreen Stabinsky

College of the Atlantic

What does the Paris climate agreement mean for African countries?

    Doreen Stabinsky is professor of Global Environmental Politics at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA. Her research focuses on political and policy responses to the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security, with a particular interest in impacts on the African continent, and primarily within the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement. In 2015-2016, she held the first Zennström visiting professorship in Climate Change Leadership at Uppsala University, Sweden. 

    She actively researches and writes about the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food security, and on the emerging issue of loss and damage from slow onset impacts of climate change. She also serves as advisor to a number of governments and international NGOs on issues related to agriculture and loss and damage in ongoing negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

     Doreen has represented various NGOs and the College of the Atlantic in numerous intergovernmental forums, including the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, and the World Trade Organization. She has also held positions with and advised non-governmental organizations on topics related to genetic engineering and agriculture, including ten years as an agriculture campaigner with Greenpeace.

Her most recent publications include: Environmental Politics for a Changing World: power, perspectives and practice (written with Ronnie Lipschutz) and Missing Pathways to 1.5 *C: the role of the land sector in ambitious climate action (published by the Climate, Land, Ambition and Rights Alliance, with several co-authors).

 Lunch provided by Jorgensen’s: choice of roast beef sandwich, chicken pesto, or vegetarian (with gluten free option),  served with Hungarian vegetable soup, coffee, tea and cookie, $12, pay at the door. You are free to bring your own lunch. Those who order the lunch are of course responsible for the cost.

To order email  Global Forum or call Margy at 377-2301.

Friday, March 1

12 noon (lunch 11:30)

in conjunction with the Holocaust and Human Rights Center

Michael Klahr Center,  University of Maine Augusta

Photographs and the Truth

Indira Williams Babic

    The event will focus on the photos selected for the Newseum’s 40 Chances exhibit, which features photos by Howard Buffet of the effects of hunger and food insecurity around the world. The traveling exhibit is on display at the HHRC’s Michael Klahr Center on the campus of the University of Maine at Augusta through March 26th.  

  Indira Williams Babic is the director of photography and visual resources at the Newseum. In this role, she oversees the research, acquisition, digital processing, rights management and preservation of the Newseum’s collection of more than 500,000 historic images. Indira has managed and curated all images that have appeared in Newseum exhibits since the museum opened in its current location in 2008, including the original 14 galleries and more than 35 changing exhibits. Indira has more than 20 years of experience working in photography. Prior to joining the Newseum, she was a researcher for one of the first online stock photo services, a co-producer for a television variety show in Spain, and an editor for a book publisher in Panama.

There will be a lunch option at 11:30; details will be posted closer to the event

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.
Details for this program’s registration and lunch choices will be available in early March.

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.