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

    • Wed, April 23, 2014
    • 5:30 PM
    • USM Portland Campus - 133 Wishcamper Center
      The World Affairs Council of Maine
    is pleased to present


    The Political Conflict in
    South Sudan
    an opposition leader's perspective
     
    with
    Wani Tombe Lako Lokitari
    of South Sudan

    Wedne
    s
    day, April 23rd at 5:30 PM

                   5:00 Light refreshments
                   5:30 Speaker program

    Lee Auditorium, Wishcamper Center Room 133
    USM Portland campus


    Registration is free, but please let us know that you are coming.


    Thank you to our co-sponsors,
    the USM Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the South Sudanese Community

    • Tue, April 29, 2014
    • 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
       
     
    Protesting Putin: The Power and Limits of Civil Society in Contemporary Russia

    with Laura Henry
    Associate Professor of Government and
    Acting Chair of Russian Department,
    Bowdoin College


    Free to members, 
    $10 suggested donated for nonmembers
    to help support our programs

    Bring your lunch

    Laura Henry is the John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. She has a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Henry is the author of Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia (Cornell 2010) and the co-editor of Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment (M.E. Sharpe 2006). She has been a Fulbright scholar and a U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist in Russia. Dr. Henry is an expert on civil society and social movements in Russia and the former Soviet Union.

    Thank you to our series sponsor, CIEE.



    Map courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries,
    The University of Texas at Austin.
    • Tue, May 13, 2014
    • 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


    South Africa's Elections

    Members, please join us for our new initiative just for members - the WACM Coffee Group. This is an informal monthly get-together to talk about a global topic of current interest. The May meeting of the group will take place on Tuesday, May 13th at 10:00 AM at Bam Bam Bakery in Portland.

    The 2014 South African general election will be held on May 7th. Read more:

    What to expect in the 2014 South African elections, by Dorina Bekoe, Washington Post, March 20, 2014.

    Please email Amy Holland at aholland@wacmaine.org or call (207) 780-4337 if you plan to attend.  Space is limited to about 10-12 members to allow for a good small-group discussion.  We hope to see you there!
    • Thu, June 05, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Yarmouth
    • 9

    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 Dinner
    China's Foreign Policy

    Thursday, June 5, 2014
    Dinner and Discussion 6:00-9:00 PM

    Hosted in Yarmouth by
    Ann and Ted Noyes


    China has gone to great lengths to emphasize the “peaceful” nature of its meteoric rise. Yet few dispute that China is the dominant regional power in Asia – and in recent years Beijing began to flex its muscles regionally in order to advance its strategic interests. What does the rapid rise of this new superpower mean for other countries in the region, and are there potential points of conflict with the U.S. as it “pivots” to Asia?

    Facilitated by Matthew Ward


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

Past events

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
Mon, March 05, 2012 The 2012 French Presidential Elections: Politics and Scandals
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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