Events and Opportunities

2014-15 Public Works in Progress Series

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Commons 221, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston
Justin Moriarty (Theater/Dance) et al, “Reversing Recidivism: Art as a Vehicle for Change Inside Maine’s Largest Youth Correctional Facility”
Justin and partners from Longreek Youth Detention Facility will share the contours and findings of their pilot project to engage incarcerated youth in transformative art-making experiences.

2014-15 Civic Forum Series

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Mays Center, 95 Russell Street, Lewiston
A conversation with Ruchira Gupta, founder and president of Apne Aap Women Worldwide, a grassroots organization in India working to end sex trafficking by increasing choices for at-risk girls and women. Over her 25 year career, Gupta has striven to highlight the link between trafficking and prostitution laws, and to lobby policy makers to shift blame from victims to perpetrators.

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, February 27, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
Dr. Wendy Wolf, President and CEO, Maine Health Access Foundation
”The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Healthcare in Maine”

Friday, May 15, 2015
Dr. Brett Morrison, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Medical School
“Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: The Latest Research on Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)”

Faculty and Staff Opportunities

Adventures in Community-Engaged Learning
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Commons 221, 136 Central Avenue, Lewiston
Danny Danforth (Anth), Larissa Williams (Bio), and Mary Rice-DeFosse (Fren) will reflect on their diverse experiences with community-engaged learning.

Student Opportunities

Maine NEW Leadership Summer Institute
May 28-June 2, 2015
Orono, ME
The Maine NEW Leadership Summer Institute is an intensive six-day residential program.  Participants will meet women leaders, learn about women in American politics, visit the Maine State Legislature, and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and hands-on projects. After the Institute, participants are encouraged to continue to develop public leadership skills and will be invited to return to UMaine for special events, workshops, and programs.

Maine NEW Leadership is open to undergraduate students enrolled in any Maine college or university and Maine residents enrolled in out-of-state schools. Graduating students also are eligible. Maine NEW Leadership is committed to having a diverse group of participants in each class. Traditional and non-traditional college students from all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: March 20, 2015.

To download an application or view an inspirational video in which participants tell how NEW Leadership changed their lives and motivated them to become engaged community leaders, please visit our website at

The Forest Foundation
Summer 2015
Boston, MA
The Forest Foundation offers paid summer student internships in the greater Boston area that introduce interns to the importance of philanthropy, community problem solving and policy. Students are placed with and engage in the general operations of a non-profit organization while completing an individual project they design in conjunction with their supervisor. Included in the program are several professional and leadership development days organized by the Forest Foundation. Compensation is $4,500 and interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Students who are engaged in their campus community service/public engagement centers have enjoyed the most positive and productive internships and have best utilized the opportunity to leverage their summer experience for career exploration or related academic study when they return to campus.  This opportunity is also available to graduating seniors.

Application deadline: March 2, 2015.

More information can be found at

Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service
Summer 2015
Washington, D.C.
The Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service offers you a chance to make an impact this summer. Spend either four or eight weeks taking action while getting a hands-on learning experience in the nation’s capital.  Your internship will put you on the front-lines working to solve local and national issues.

Apply by the December 10 early deadline and receive a 5% tuition discount. For more information or to start an application, please visit our website at

If you have questions about the program or application process, please email IPVS Program Manager, Jesse Schaefer, at or reach out by phone at (202) 986-0384.

The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs
August 2015 – June 2016
Los Angeles, CA, New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, Pittsburgh, PA and St. Louis, MO
The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs develops the next generation of aspiring change makers. Today’s complex urban environments present constantly evolving challenges and opportunities, creating an increasing need for leadership with the ability to forge connections and solve problems across all sectors.

Application deadline: January 23, 2015

For more information or to start an application, please visit our website at