Mid-Maine Global Forum

Educating and engaging the people of Central Maine on critical global issues

The Forum is a non-partisan, non-political, non-profit committed to expanding global awareness through speaker events and collaborative activities.

Expanding awareness of the world we live in

The Forum conducts monthly luncheon lectures during the academic year bringing in subject matter experts and academics to provide a better understanding of the world.

Whether discussing migrants, refugees, environmental crises, hunger, pandemics, or conflict, the Mid-Maine Global Forum's programs bring together unique individuals to address pressing global issues.

Next & Upcoming Programs

The Forum collaborates with Colby College's Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, the Margaret Chase Smith Library, and the Waterville Rotary over the course of the year to bring informed and stimulating programs to our members and others in Central Maine. In addition to our monthly luncheon talks, each year we strive to bring one of our speaker programs to a local high school to engage students in global affairs. The Forum's Annual Event is the Linda Cotter Speaker Series where we bring a nationally recognized expert in global affairs to keynote an evening addressing a global issue.

 

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Rabbi Rachel Isaacs will speak on Understanding Israel at This Moment.
Date: Tue, Mar 12, 2024 at 12 Noon in the Colby College Chace Center, Main St., Waterville, ME

Rabbi Rachel Isaacs is the Dorothy “Bibby” Levine Alfond Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and the Director of the Center for Small Town Jewish Life at Colby College. She also serves as the spiritual leader of Beth Israel Congregation in Waterville, Maine. In 2014, Isaacs was named one of America’s “Most Inspiring Rabbis” by the Jewish Daily Forward, and in 2016, she was chosen to deliver the final Hanukkah benediction of the Obama administration.  She was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary and graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College where she also served as her class graduation speaker.

 

Having recently returned from Israel, Rabbi Rachel Issacs, will give her informed and unique perspective on the pressures and conditions in Israel that have and will continue to impact Israeli's domestic and international actions. In Israel there are currently several internal conflicts that will determine the future of the country and Israel's relationship with its neighbors.  

 

*** Please note, to register for the talk and/or reserve lunch for this event please select the tab below. You do not need to order lunch to attend the event. Lunch ($16) choices:

Half Wrap: Curry Chicken; Chicken Caesar; Avocado Turkey; or Falafel. Side: Demi-salad; Caesar Salad; or Tortellini. Cookie: Chocolate Chip; or Molasses. ***

Oleksandr Tyutyunnyk will speak on “In the Shadow of Autocracy: Ukraine's Fight against Russia for Self-determination”
Program Date: Fri, February 23, 2024 at Noon in the Colby College Chace Center, Main St., Waterville, ME

Oleksandr Tyutyunnyk will provide an insiders view of the War in Ukraine. His knowledge, education and training in the Ukrainian military has given him a unique perspective of Russia's aggression and the devastating war in Ukraine.  


Oleksandr's background and awareness of Russian military operations has given him insight into the state of this war.  

Oleksandr believes the state of Democracy in Ukraine is strong. The problem, according to Oleksandr, is that outside players impacting Ukraine's government largely do not interact directly with the Ukrainian Civil society, volunteer organizations, and the idealistic youth. 

 

 

*** Please note, to register for the talk and/or reserve lunch for this event please select the tab below. You do not need to order lunch to attend the event. Lunch ($16) choices:

Half Wrap: Curry Chicken; Chicken Caesar; Avocado Turkey; or Falafel. Side: Demi-salad; Caesar Salad; or Tortellini. Cookie: Chocolate Chip; or Molasses.***

MMGF Book Club, March 28, 2004

Secrets of the Sprakkar, by Elizabeth Reid

Date: Tue, Mar 28, 2024 at 12 Noon in the Colby College Chace Center, Main St., Waterville, ME

 

Iceland is the best place on earth to be a woman—but why?

For the past twelve years, the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report has ranked Iceland number one on its list of countries closing the gap in equality between men and women. What is it about Iceland that makes many women's experience there so positive? Why has their society made such meaningful progress in this ongoing battle, from electing the world's first female president to passing legislation specifically designed to help even the playing field at work and at home? And how can we learn from what Icelanders have already discovered about women's powerful place in society and how increased fairness benefits everyone?

In her book, Eliza Reid, the First Lady of Iceland, examines her adopted homeland's attitude toward women—the deep-seated cultural sense of fairness, the influence of current and historical role models, and, crucially, the areas where Iceland still has room for improvement. Reid's own experience as an immigrant from small-town Canada who never expected to become a first lady is expertly interwoven with interviews with dozens of sprakkar ("extraordinary women") to form the backbone of an illuminating discussion of what it means to move through the world as a woman, and how the rules of society play more of a role in who we view as "equal" than we may understand. Secrets of the Sprakkar is a powerful and atmospheric portrait of a tiny country that could lead the way forward for us all.

 

** Please register for the event. Lunch will be available for $16/meal. You do not need to order lunch to attend the bookclub.**

“The world is a complex organism with each part interdependent upon the other”

Contact Us

 

Location

P.O. Box 2636, Waterville ME 04903

 

Contact

Email: midmaineglobalforum@gmail.com