Events and Opportunities


2014-15 Civic Forum Series

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Olin Arts Center Auditorium
Presentation on the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the history, necessity, and process of this historic truth commission designed to address what has happened to native children and families in the Maine child welfare system.

This historic truth commission is the first in the nation to address what has happened to native children and families in the Maine child welfare system. It gives an historic context that most Mainers simply don’t know. Esther Attean and Denise Altvater, two Passamaquoddy women who are members of Maine-Wabanaki REACH (Reconciliation, Engagement, Advocacy, Change and Healing) will speak.

The painter and historian Robert Shetterly will introduce the speakers by way of the stunning paintings he created of Esther Attean and Denise Altvater. Their portraits have become part of his “Americans Who Tell the Truth” project which includes two hundred portraits of individuals who courageously addressed issues of social, environmental and economic justice.

Monday, October 20, 2014
Muskie Archives
Lecture by the Hon. James Tierney, former Majority Leader of the Maine House, former Maine Attorney General, currently on the Columbia Law School faculty, on the Impact of Immigrants on Maine’s Economic Future.

Monday, November 3, 2014
Muskie Archives
Presentation by the iDebate Rwanda team on the use of debate in providing Rwandan youth with a  means of overcoming the consequences and legacy of genocide through the representation of memory in debate, literary, and other artistic forms.

2014-15 Public Works in Progress Series

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Commons 201
Spotlight on Students’ Summer Work: Part One, featuring:
Lydia Mitchell ’15, Boston Children’s Hospital; Madison Ekey ’17, Montanans against Toxic Burning; Carly Peruccio ’16, Lewiston Adult Education’s Adult Learning Center; and Isabel Ferguson ’16, Donors Choose

Monday, September 29, 2014
Commons 226
Spotlight on Students’ Summer Work: Part Two, featuring:
Olivia Gregorius ’15, Carpe Mundi; Yessenia Saucedo ’16, Oakland Community Organization; Nick Michaud ’15, Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department; and Barbara VanDerburgh ’15, Beloit Poetry Journal

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Commons 221/222
Spotlight on Students’ Summer Work: Part Three, featuring:
Jonathan Schwolsky ’15, L/A Arts; Evan Cooper ’15, Pine Tree Legal Assistance; Phillip Dube ’16, ICLEI in South Africa; and Mark McCauley ’15,

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Commons 221/222
Phyllis Graber Jensen; “All Points North: Stories of Immigration”
Additional speakers: Bonnie Faiman, representative, Temple Shalom Synagogue-Center; St. Dominic Academy senior Zoë Caron; Zoë Fahy ’14; Asha Mohamud ’15; and David Weinman ‘15.
To illustrate the ever-evolving cultural makeup of our community, the group has published a series of “immigrant stories—the charm and the anguish of which will no doubt influence each of their descendants to come.”  Part of a Wein Charitable Foundation grant received by the organization Documenting Maine Jewry, the result serves to build a bridge between old and new Mainers. Learn more about this Harward Center-supported project, and listen to two writers present their narratives.

2014-15 Great Falls Forum

The Great Falls Forum is a joint venture of Bates College, the Sun-Journal, the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce, and the Lewiston Public Library. Forums occur from 12-1pm in Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library (downtown on Lisbon Street). The program format offers time for a question-and-answer exchange. Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch. Drinks are available on site. The Forums are free and open to the public. All are welcome. For more information on the series, contact the Library at 207-513-3135 or

Friday, September 19, 2014
Margaret D. McGaughey, appellate chief, U. S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine
“How to Raise a Dangerous Criminal”

Thursday, October 2, 2014
Andrew Cyr, conductor, Metropolis Ensemble
“Renewing the Source: A New Model for Classical Music”

Friday, October 17, 2014
John Christie, founder and editor in chief, and Naomi Schalit, publisher and senior reporter of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
“The Role of Investigative Reporting in Maine’s Democracy”

Friday, November 21, 2014
John Baughman, Associate Professor of Politics, Bates College
”The 2014 Election: What Did We Learn and What Can We Expect?”

Friday, January 16, 2014
Dick Woodbury, Economist and former Maine State Senator
“The Policy and Politics of Reforming Maine’s Tax System”

Friday, February 27, 2014
Panelists: Kim Jacques (Revelation Massage), Luke Livingston (Baxter Brewing Company), and Colby Michaud (Praxis Production Studios)
“Getting Down to Business: Insights from Local Entrepreneurs”

Friday, March 20, 2014
John Bear Mitchell, Wabanaki Center Outreach & Student Development Coordinator, University of Maine System Native American Waiver Coordinator, and Lecturer in Wabanaki Studies, University of Maine
“Maine Indians, Wabanaki Peoples – our Past and Present Stories”

Friday, April 17, 2014
Dr. Wendy Wolf, President and CEO, Maine Health Access Foundation
”The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Healthcare in Maine”

Friday, May 15, 2014
Dr. Brett Morrison, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Medical School
“Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: The Latest Research on Lou Gerhig’s Disease (ALS)”

Student Opportunities

Elect Her: Campus Women Win
Saturday, September 27, 2014
Wells Conference Center, the University of Maine
A five-hour training workshop where you will learn about women and politics, listen to inspiring local campaign winners, and participate in interactive campaign exercises.  For more information and to register, visit:

D4D on the Road Workshop
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Muskie Archives
The D4D on the Road workshops, hosted at Periclean colleges and universities, provide training in how to develop effective advocacy and education campaigns. Experts empower participants to advance their particular issue or cause. Participants will focus on practicing concrete skills, including strategic planning, power mapping, grassroots organizing, and message development.
Registration information coming soon!

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