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.

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.


    Apr 16, 2024                                                                                May 9, 2024              

Masooda Habibzai will speak on “From Kabul to Portland: A Tale of Resilience and Hope in Afghanistan and Beyond”
Date: Tuesday April 16 2024 at 6:00pm at the Page Commons, Cotter Union, Colby College, Main St., Waterville, ME

The Global Forum and The Student Executive Board of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs are jointly sponsoring Masooda Habibzai, a dedicated Pashto, Dari/Farsi Family & Community Specialist, to talk on Afghanistan today. Masooda emigrated to Portland, Maine in the midst of the Taliban takeover of the country. Her journey is one of resilience and determination. Masooda was born and raised in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan.  
  Masooda attended Lacey Maryam, where she completed her high school education. At seventeen, she got engaged, and was married at nineteen.
  Arriving in the United States in 1996 Masooda embarked on a new chapter of her life filled with both challenges and opportunities.  She enrolled in ESL courses, determined to master a whole new language and culture. She learned English while adjusting and learning to navigate the intricacies of American society. 
  Masooda's commitment to education led her to pursue a career in Early Childhood Development, working nineteen years  in the field. Currently she serves as an interpreter at the Multilingual and Multicultural Center for the Portland Public Schools.  
   In addition to her professional pursuits, Masooda finds joy in her personal life, enjoying life with family.  She  enriches the lives of her community  through her work as a Family & Community Specialist. 
Masooda has recently returned from visiting her family in Afghanistan.


There's no need to register. Refreshments and a small reception will be provided and start at 6:00 with the talk beginning at 6:30. Please refer to the March 27th eMail for directions to the Cotter Union at Colby College. 



Fateh Azzam, Palestinian-American human rights expert, will speak on the current Palestinian perspectives and the future after the Gaza crisis
Program Date: Thu, May 9, 2024 at Noon in the Colby College Chace Center, Main St., Waterville, ME

Fateh Azzam is a human rights researcher and consultant and a member of the Maine Coalition on Palestine. Born a stateless Palestinian refugee, he became a U.S. citizen in Portland, Maine in 1978. His professional experience spanned work in civil society, academia and the United Nations, having served as Middle East Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, founding director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut, and director of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program at the American University in Cairo. He was Director of the Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq and is Commissioner Emeritus of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights.

Fateh currently volunteers on several international boards and advisory committees including for The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion in The Hague, the Syria Legal Development Programme in London, and the Boston Consortium for Arab Region Studies and Visualizing Palestine. Fateh has published studies and book chapters on human rights and humanitarian law, the responsibility to protect, the Arab and Palestinian human rights movements and citizenship in Palestine and the Arab region. He has authored two plays, “Ansar” and “Baggage”, both on topics related to Palestinian experiences of life under occupation, and adapted and co-directed The Gaza Monologues in Portland, ME, earlier this year.



*** 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.***

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P.O. Box 2636, Waterville ME 04903



Email: midmaineglobalforum@gmail.com