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Unless otherwise announced, our programs will downtown in the Chace Center in Colby’s new building on Maine Street.

Note: Summer program this year!! See below.

The next Forum programs:

Thursday, May 16 7:15 pm

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

Film: Transmilitary

Railroad Square Cinema, Waterville

See Transmilitary for more information and a trailer.

The film will be followed by a discussion led by Kyle Knight of Human Rights Watch (see information below on Friday’s talk) and Katherine (Katie) Taylor, whose bio appears here:

Katherine Taylor is a USCG veteran. She is the founder of Kennebec Valley Queer Coalition. She also does peer support facilitation for Maine Trans Net and NAMI Maine. Katie has provided LGBTQ+ veteran trainings at Togus Maine VA as well as at the White River Junction, Vermont VA Medical Center. Katie is hopeful that her being transgender is the least interesting facet of who she is.

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

As usual we are offering a lunch option from Jorgensen’s. Remember you are free to bring your own food.

Choose roast beef sandwich, chicken pesto wrap, or vegetarian wrap with a vegan option, served with Hungarian soup, cookie, coffee or tea, $12, pay at the door.  To register and request the lunch email Margy or call 207-377-2031

June 11, 2019

12 noon; lunch available at 11:30

Prof. Dan LaFave

Economic Development in Africa and China’s Role

Chace Center, Colby College, Main Street, Waterville

   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
Details about lunch, etc will be posted closer to the event.

Summer Dinner Program 

Colby College

August 7th

Professor Stephen Walt

Harvard Kennedy School

The Hell of Good Intentions: American Foreign Policy and the Decline of U.S. Primacy

Stephen Walt

   Stephen M. Walt is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he served as Academic Dean from 2002 to 2006.  He previously taught at Princeton and at the University of Chicago, where he was Master of the Social Sciences Collegiate Division and Deputy Dean of Social Sciences.  He is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine, co-chair of the editorial board of International Security, and co-editor of the Cornell Studies in Security Affairs book series. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in May 2005 and received the International Studies Association’s Distinguished Senior Scholar award in 2014.  His books include The Origins of Alliances, which received the 1988 Edgar S. Furniss National Security Book Award, and Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy, which was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber International Affairs Book Award and the Arthur Ross Book Prize.  His most recent book, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (co-authored with John J. Mearsheimer) was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into more than twenty foreign languages.

Information about registration for this dinner event will be posted as soon as it is available.