Friday, August 9, 2013

Forum on Foreign Relations at WPL and RVL

Raymond Village Library, Windham Public Library and the Sebago Lakes Chamber of Commerce are partnering with the Maine Humanities Council and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations to offer a new speakers’ series on foreign policy.

The World in Your Library is a pilot series that connects libraries across the state with Maine-based foreign policy experts, scholars and practitioners who will give presentations on critical foreign policy issues selected by the library.

“Community members are increasingly turning to their libraries for help in gaining insight into the many foreign policy issues that affect their lives and the world around them,” said Maine Humanities Program director Lizz Sinclair. “This new series will help public libraries meet this demand.”

Raymond Village Library and Windham Public Library have selected three speakers and topics for hour-long presentations on important global issues.

Andrew Stancioff will be presenting “Strategic Minerals: What the U.S. Needs” from 6:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, August 19 at the Windham Public Library, 217 Windham Center Road.

Mr. Stancioff is a geologist, natural resource planner, analyst, and manager with 45 years of experience in geology, hydrology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, climatology and oceanography. He has worked in North, Central and South America, Europe and South Asia and has 40 years of experience in developing countries and 38 in Africa.

Ron Jarvella will present “The Chinese Intelligence Network” from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10 at the Raymond Village Library, 3 Meadow Road.  

Mr. Jarvella has a teaching background in history and retired to Maine in 1991. He has been active in several mid-coast organizations to promote the study of international affairs. He has also served on the board of the Camden Conference and is currently on the board of the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.

Henry Laurence will be presenting “Public Broadcasting in the Digital Age” on Monday, October 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Windham Public Library.Mr. Laurence is director of the Asian Studies Program at Bowdoin College, and an associate professor in the Department of Government.  His current research is on media and broadcasting policy in Britain, Japan and the U.S. from the 1920s until the present.
For more information on the series contact the libraries at 207-655-4283 (Raymond) or 207-892-1908 (Windham).

The series is offered through a new partnership between the Maine Humanities Council and the Mid-Coast Forum. Raymond Village Library and Windham Public Library are two of only six libraries selected to receive the series.

About Maine Humanities Council

The Maine Humanities Council is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Maine deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world. The Council works with volunteer literacy programs, educators, school systems and libraries to promote the power and pleasure of ideas through its programming; the Council also provides grants supporting projects in community history, exhibits, workshops and other areas of study.

About the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations was organized in 1983 by a small group of area residents with a special interest in the United States role in international affairs. The group includes individuals who have had considerable experience abroad with the United States government, corporations and private agencies. Also represented are writers, physicians, educators, journalists, lawyers, business people, and others seeking to stay informed on international issues.

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