Connecting Maine and the World

Upcoming Events

Welcome to our events page.  Events are listed in order of occurrence. If you click on the 'Calendar view', you will see the events in a calendar format.

Upcoming events

    • Thu, April 30, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • CIEE, 300 Fore St., Portland, 2nd floor training room
    The World Affairs Council of Maine
    presents a Global Connections program
       
     
      Islamist Terrorism in Europe
    with Owen Traylor

     
       Thursday, April 30th
    12:00-1:00 PM

      Free to members,  $10 suggested donation for nonmembers to help support our programs
    Bring your lunch
       

     

    Owen Traylor worked for 31 years as a British diplomat. He served overseas in Tokyo (1981-1984), Berlin (1990-1994), and Istanbul (2000-2004) before his final posting as Deputy Ambassador at the British embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. After retiring in 2008 he taught International Relations as a faculty member at both Earlham College and Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. In 2012 he moved to Maine, where he writes short stories.

     

    Thank you to our series sponsor, CIEE.


     
    • Fri, May 01, 2015
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library

    A Community Dialogue on Economic Opportunity and Immigrant Integration

    Presented by the World Affairs Council of Maine
    in special partnership with the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition
       

    Program 4
    Integration through Arts and Culture
    Presented with Creative Portland

    May 1, 2015 at 4:00 PM 

    Connecting New Mainer artists and their cultures with Portland's creative economy
    Greater Portland needs and welcomes people of diverse backgrounds who work creatively and are passionate about arts and culture. The World Affairs Council of Maine and Creative Portland invite you to a special workshop on how to engage with the creative arts economy.


    Who should attend?

    Artists, graphic designers, film makers, fashion designers, culinary artists, musicians, dancers, performers, photographers, writers, and individuals who support these artistic professions.

    Specifically, New Mainers who are engaged and passionate about the arts, and who would like to learn about opportunities and networks within Greater Portland's creative arts economy; and artists, creative professionals and art enthusiasts who are interested in networking with and assisting New Mainers to learn about, and become engaged in, the creative arts economy.

    Program:

    1) Welcome and overview of the Creative Arts Economy of Greater Portland
     
    2) Panel presentation: New Mainers Stories

    3) Panel presentation: Artistic Opportunities

    4) Community Dialogue on Artistic Aspirations
     
    Following the program, Creative Portland will host a tour of First Friday Art Walk, the city’s monthly free community arts event that welcomes people to visit the galleries, museums, and other venues to see a wide range of arts and cultural exhibits and events.

    PREMIER SERIES SPONSORS  

    City of Portland Development Corp.

    Sam L. Cohen Foundation

     

    Barber Foods/AdvancePierre Foods


    Program Partner


    • Tue, May 05, 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Portland
    • 2

    Through the generosity of its members,
    The World Affairs Council of Maine provides opportunities for members to get together over a meal and discuss a Great Decisions topic.  Please join us!

    Great Decisions Member Dinner
    Africa and the U.S.


    Tuesday
    , May 5, 2015
    Dinner and Discussion 6:00-9:00 PM
    Hosted in Portland

    Africa is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. The continent is home to some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and it’s become a draw for foreign investors from across the globe. After the “Obamamania” of 2008 died down, though, the realization that Obama wasn’t going to overturn, or even prioritize, U.S. Africa policy kicked in. Still, the U.S. has promised to promote “strong institutions, not strong men,” and to favor good governance and healthy economies over profit. How can U.S. policy live up to its promise and values while securing its interests in the region

    Facilitated by Clifford Gilpin

    Clifford Gilpin was born in Ireland. He lived for periods in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya in the 1960s and 1970s and visited many other African countries while working for the World Bank.  He also managed the World Bank's human resources program in Indonesia and the South Pacific.

    He is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University, and holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

    This is a special event for members.
    Reservations are limited.
    $50 per person

    Please note that due to the nature of this event, hosts may not be able to accommodate special diets.  Thank you for your understanding.
    • Tue, May 12, 2015
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • Bam Bam Bakery, 267 Commercial Street, Portland
    Monthly Meeting of the
    World Affairs Council of Maine
    Member Coffee and Discussion Group

                       
    The Middle East
            
    Members, please join us for the WACM Coffee Group. This is an informal monthly get-together just for members to talk in a small group about a global topic of current interest. The May meeting of the group will take place on Tuesday, May 12th at 10:00 AM at Bam Bam Bakery in Portland.
        
     
    This month's background reading: 
     
     
     
    Sign-up is required as space is limited to about 10-12 members to allow for a good small-group discussion.  Please email Amy Holland at aholland@wacmaine.org or call (207) 780-4337 if you plan to attend. 
       
    • Thu, May 14, 2015
    • 5:30 PM
    • Preti Flaherty, Portland

    The World Affairs Council of Maine
    is pleased to present

    A Special Evening with
    George Mitchell

    Thursday, May 14th
    5:30 PM

    at Preti Flaherty
    Penthouse Floor
      One City Center, Portland

    This is a special opportunity for our members and friends to engage in a conversation with Senator George Mitchell. Registration is limited.


    Senator George Mitchell will speak from his new memoir, The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life, with a focus on his instrumental work on international issues and peace negotiations. The talk will be followed by a reception with drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The bar is generously provided by Preti Flaherty. All attendees will receive a copy of The Negotiator (Simon and Schuster, May 2015, a $28 value!), hot off the presses.

    $40 members,
    $50 nonmembers

    Doors open at 5:10. Please arrive in time for a 5:30 start.


    George Mitchell served as a Democratic Senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995 and Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. He was the primary architect of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement for peace in Northern Ireland, chairman of The Walt Disney Company, US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace, and the author of the Mitchell Report on the use of performance enhancing drugs in baseball. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999.

    The Negotiator: Compelling, poignant, enlightening stories from former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell about growing up in Maine, his years in the Senate, working to bring peace to Northern Ireland and the Middle East, and what he’s learned about the art of negotiation during every stage of his life.

    It’s a classic story of the American Dream. George Mitchell grew up in a working class family in Maine, experiencing firsthand the demoralizing effects of unemployment when his father was laid off from a lifelong job. But education was always a household priority, and Mitchell embraced every opportunity that came his way, eventually becoming the ranking Democrat in the Senate during the administrations of George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

    Told with wit, frankness, and a style all his own, Senator Mitchell’s memoir reveals many insights into the art of negotiation. Mitchell looks back at his adventures in law and politics—including instrumental work on clean air and water legislation, the Iran-Contra hearings, and healthcare reform—as well as life after the Senate, from leading the successful Northern Ireland peace process, to serving as chairman of The Walt Disney Company, to heading investigations into the use of steroids in baseball and unethical activity surrounding the Olympic Games. Through it all, Senator Mitchell’s incredible stories—some hilarious, others tragic, all revealing—offer invaluable insights into critical moments in the last half-century of business, law, and politics, both domestic and international.

    Thank you to our sponsor, HeadInvest



    And to our host, Preti Flaherty

     

    Parking is available in the One City Center Parking Garage, accessible from either Monument Square or Free street.

    Please note that we are not able to issue refunds for cancellations made within 72 hours of the event.

    • Wed, May 27, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • CIEE, 300 Fore St., Portland, 2nd floor training room
    The World Affairs Council of Maine
    presents a Global Connections program
           
     
    The Struggle for Women's Empowerment in Latin America
    with
    Alix Van Sickle
    Robert Alegre
    Julie Fisher Melton
     
    Wednesday, May 27th
    12:00-1:30 PM

      Free to members,  $10 suggested donation for nonmembers to help support our programs
    Bring your lunch

     

    Thank you to our series sponsor, CIEE

     
    • Mon, June 08, 2015
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Ocean Gateway, Portland

    A Community Dialogue on Economic Opportunity and Immigrant Integration

    Presented by the World Affairs Council of Maine
    in special partnership with the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition
       

    Program 5
    Final Celebration: Adopting an Immigrant Economic Opportunity Agenda

    June 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM 

    A final celebratory event featuring presentation of an Immigration Economic Opportunity Agenda for Greater Portland and a social event that celebrates immigration with music and food.

    PREMIER SERIES SPONSORS  

    City of Portland Development Corp.

    Sam L. Cohen Foundation

     

    Barber Foods/AdvancePierre Foods

Past events

Wed, April 15, 2015 Anatolian Days and Nights
Tue, April 14, 2015 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Iran and Israel
Tue, March 31, 2015 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Privacy in the Digital Age
Wed, March 18, 2015 Immigrant Economic Integration
Wed, March 11, 2015 China Blue Film Screening
Tue, March 10, 2015 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Iran
Wed, March 04, 2015 Cuba Policy Breakthrough: What's Next for Washington and Havana
Wed, February 25, 2015 Immigrant Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses
Tue, February 24, 2015 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Sanctions
Thu, February 12, 2015 Russia and the March to Doom 1861-1917
Tue, February 10, 2015 Rescheduled! Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Terrorism in Vacationland
Tue, February 10, 2015 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Paris Terror Attack
Wed, February 04, 2015 WorldQuest 2015: International Knowledge Competition
Wed, January 21, 2015 Great Decisions Dinner: Russia and the Near Abroad
Tue, January 20, 2015 Bay Chamber Concerts Odeon Orchestra performs Russian Works
Tue, January 13, 2015 Launching a Community Dialogue on Immigrant Economic Opportunity and Integration
Tue, January 13, 2015 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Cuba
Thu, December 11, 2014 Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union - 1917 to 1991
Tue, December 09, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Iran
Thu, November 20, 2014 Greater Portland and Archangel Russia - Sister Cities since 1942
Tue, November 18, 2014 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Russia and Ukraine
Wed, November 12, 2014 Tourism Going Green: Global Ecotourism
Tue, November 11, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Brazil
Sat, November 08, 2014 Great Decisions Luncheon: Turkey's Challenges
Tue, October 28, 2014 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Gaza
Thu, October 16, 2014 Oyster Aquaculture: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities
Tue, October 14, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Indonesia
Wed, October 08, 2014 ISIS in Iraq and Syria
Thu, October 02, 2014 Scotland's Vote: A Referendum for Independence
Tue, September 23, 2014 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Iraq Now: an Iraqi Journalist's View
Thu, September 18, 2014 International and Multicultural Student Reception
Tue, September 09, 2014 Ambassador Reception with Rudolf Bekink of the Netherlands
Tue, September 09, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Ukraine and Putin
Tue, August 12, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group
Tue, July 08, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - U.S. Foreign Policy
Wed, June 18, 2014 Annual Meeting and Dinner with R. Nicholas Burns - Today's Foreign Policy Challenges
Thu, June 12, 2014 The World Cup: Brazil v Croatia
Tue, June 10, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - India
Thu, June 05, 2014 Great Decisions Dinner: China's Foreign Policy
Tue, June 03, 2014 HotSpot: A Conversation about Changes in the Gulf of Maine and Around the World, and the Future of the Marine Economy
Tue, May 27, 2014 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - The World Comes to Maine: an Immigration Update - who, why, how, from where?
Tue, May 13, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - South Africa's Elections
Tue, April 29, 2014 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Protesting Putin in Russia
Wed, April 23, 2014 The Political Conflict in South Sudan
Fri, April 11, 2014 Maine Summit on Citizen Diplomacy through Global Education
Tue, April 08, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - China
Sat, April 05, 2014 Coffee, Cake and Conversation: Great Decisions - Food and Climate
Thu, April 03, 2014 Flying Paper Film Screening
Thu, March 20, 2014 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - A Decade of Change: Responding to Domestic Violence in Northeast Brazil
Tue, March 11, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Ukraine
Wed, March 05, 2014 Great Decisions Dinner - Defense Technology
Wed, February 26, 2014 WorldQuest 2014: International Trivia Competition
Tue, February 25, 2014 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Germany and the United States
Tue, February 11, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Turkish Politics
Thu, February 06, 2014 "What's the Truth About Genetically Modified Foods?"
Tue, January 28, 2014 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Inside North Korea
Wed, January 22, 2014 The Success of Excess: 1870s-1900 - A History of the Gilded Age in 100 Minutes
Sat, January 18, 2014 Coffee, Cake and Conversation: Great Decisions - Energy Independence
Tue, January 14, 2014 Redefining the Arctic Circle: Implications for Maine and the World
Tue, January 07, 2014 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Russia
Thu, December 19, 2013 Maine's Penobscot Project and the Global Future of Dams and Hydropower
Wed, December 11, 2013 Crisis in the World's Oceans
Tue, December 10, 2013 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group - Iran
Tue, November 19, 2013 Girl Rising
Tue, November 19, 2013 World Affairs Member Coffee and Discussion Group
Mon, October 28, 2013 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Latin America and the U.S
Thu, October 24, 2013 Smart Dictators vs. Democratization
Tue, October 08, 2013 International Breakfast Series - The Roles of the US Foreign Service and Military in Security Objectives
Thu, October 03, 2013 Great Decisions Dinner: The Struggle over Regime Change in Egypt
Fri, September 27, 2013 Bangladesh: Community Health and Social Development
Tue, September 24, 2013 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - International Students in Maine
Tue, September 10, 2013 World Affairs Coffee and Discussion Group
Fri, June 14, 2013 Annual Meeting and Dinner with Senator Susan Collins
Thu, May 30, 2013 Beyond the Arab Spring: A Moroccan Perspective
Tue, May 28, 2013 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Democratization and the Recent Kenyan Elections
Tue, May 14, 2013 Great Decisions Dinner - Myanmar and Southeast Asia
Tue, April 30, 2013 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Empowering Girls through Education: A Story from Tanzania
Thu, April 25, 2013 Challenges to Women’s Empowerment in the Arab Awakening
Sat, April 13, 2013 Great Decisions Luncheon - China in Africa
Tue, April 09, 2013 Grassroots Healthcare in Developing Countries: Maine Goes Global
Tue, March 26, 2013 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Human Rights in Iran
Tue, March 12, 2013 International Breakfast Series - The Coming Collapse of China
Wed, March 06, 2013 Libya and American Foreign Policy
Tue, February 26, 2013 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Hitting the Reset Button on the Korean Peninsula
Wed, February 06, 2013 WorldQuest 2013: International Trivia Competition
Tue, January 29, 2013 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - United Nations Peace Operations
Wed, January 16, 2013 Member Dinner - Syria in 2013
Tue, December 11, 2012 Governor's International Breakfast - China: Opportunities for Maine
Thu, December 06, 2012 Turkey: Tales of Travel and Culture
Tue, November 27, 2012 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - Globalization 2.0
Mon, November 26, 2012 Conflict Resolution in Kosovo and Northern Ireland: Lessons for the United States
Tue, November 06, 2012 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - The Libyan Situation Now
Tue, October 23, 2012 Maritime Piracy
Thu, October 18, 2012 International Breakfast Series - Japan's Current Challenges
Tue, September 25, 2012 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: Timor-Leste: A New Decade, A New Government, A New Beginning
Thu, September 13, 2012 Syria: Regime Change Imminent?
Thu, June 14, 2012 Annual Meeting and International Leadership Award Dinner with Ambassador Rick Barton
Tue, May 29, 2012 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: Haiti, the United States, and Maine
Thu, May 17, 2012 International Breakfast Series - NATO and the EU in the 21st Century: Opportunities, Constraints and Challenges
Wed, May 02, 2012 Member Dinner - The Korean Peninsula 2012
Tue, May 01, 2012 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: The Myth of Endless Growth
Mon, April 30, 2012 Promoting Democracy Abroad: History and Current Roles in the Context of the Arab Spring
Wed, April 11, 2012 Great Decisions Dinner - Promoting Democracy: foreign policy imperative?
Fri, March 30, 2012 Spotlight on Turkey: Teachers' Workshop and Travel
Thu, March 29, 2012 Great Decisions Dinner - Middle East Realignment: the Arab Upheaval
Tue, March 27, 2012 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: Tanzania - Health Care
Sat, March 24, 2012 Great Decisions Luncheon - Indonesia: Prospects for Prosperity
Fri, March 09, 2012 An evening with Wael Nawara, Egyptian activist, writer, and politician
Thu, March 01, 2012 The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire presents "Estonia's first year in the Eurozone: A European Union Success Story?"
Tue, February 28, 2012 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: South Africa's Political Future
Wed, February 01, 2012 Academic WorldQuest 2012-International Trivia Competition
Tue, January 31, 2012 Global Connections Lunchtime Series - The Role of Women in Development in India: Opportunities and Threats
Tue, January 10, 2012 International Breakfast Series - Brazil: Emerging Economic and Political Power
Mon, December 05, 2011 Turkey's Role as a Regional Power
Tue, November 29, 2011 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: Azerbaijan, Land of Fire
Thu, November 17, 2011 International Breakfast Series - New England and Canada: Trade, Security and Looking Beyond the Border
Tue, November 01, 2011 Rio Grande do Norte: Economic Outlook in the Brazilian Context
Tue, October 25, 2011 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: Global Microfinance - Handle with Care
Sat, October 22, 2011 Great Decisions Luncheon: Germany's Ascendancy
Tue, October 11, 2011 A Journey to Turkey: Turkish cuisine, live music and a portrait of Turkey from Three Maine Teachers
Mon, October 03, 2011 The Arab Spring: Origins and Future?
Tue, September 27, 2011 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: The Palestinian Plight
Mon, September 12, 2011 Ten Years After 9/11: Maine and the World
Thu, June 16, 2011 Private Reception with Admiral Dennis Blair
Thu, June 16, 2011 Annual Meeting with Admiral Dennis Blair speaking on Threats, Opportunities and Possibilities in Asia
Wed, June 01, 2011 Great Decisions Dinner:The Horn of Africa
Tue, May 31, 2011 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: Importing Democracy: the Role of NGOs in Tajikistan
Thu, May 26, 2011 International Breakfast Series: Symposium on East Asia and Maine's Renewable Energy Future
Thu, May 05, 2011 Great Decisions Dinner: Banks, Governments and Debt Crises
Tue, April 26, 2011 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: The Sinaloa Mexican Drug Cartel
Wed, April 20, 2011 A Fresh(water) Start for the World's Rivers
Thu, April 14, 2011 International Breakfast Series: The Middle East, Iraq and the Kurdistan Region in a Year of Changes and Decisions with Speaker Qubad Talabani
Fri, April 01, 2011 Summit on Citizen Diplomacy: Mainers Engaged in Health Care Development Abroad with Keynote Speaker Mary Jean Eisenhower
Tue, March 29, 2011 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: Biodiversity Conservation in Kenya
Mon, March 28, 2011 Egypt in Transition: What does it mean for the Arab world and for US Policy?
Thu, March 03, 2011 Great Decisions Dinner:US National Security
Tue, February 22, 2011 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: Update on Post-Election Myanmar/Burma - What the Natives are Saying w/ Kitty Babson
Wed, February 09, 2011 International Breakfast Series: Engaging North Korea w/ Speaker Bradley Babson
Mon, January 31, 2011 Decompression Chamber Music -"Rush Hour" concert featuring Argentinian composers
Thu, January 27, 2011 WorldQuest 2011-International Trivia Competition
Tue, January 25, 2011 Global Connections Lunchtime Series: Israel and its Arab Citizens: Building the Civil Society in "Start-Up Nation"
Wed, December 01, 2010 15th Annual Governor's Breakfast - INVEST IN MAINE!
Tue, November 30, 2010 T.R. Reid Keynote Speaker-November 30, 2010
Tue, November 30, 2010 Global Connections Lunchtime Series:Renewable Energy in Europe-Possible Lessons for the US w/ John Gulliver
Sat, October 30, 2010 Camden Conference:October 30, 2010- Global Realities of Climate Change:Its Impact in Maine, Managing It In China
Tue, October 26, 2010 Global Connections:October 26- Francesco Duina on Understanding EU-China Relations
Fri, October 15, 2010 International & Multicultural Student Reception
Tue, September 28, 2010 Global Connections: Maine and the World
Thu, September 16, 2010 International Breakfast Series: General Gard

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