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One of the many public affairs lecture series MPBN presents weekdays at 1:00 pm, "Speaking in Maine" features diverse speakers recorded in towns and cities throughout the state of Maine.More from Speaking in Maine »

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U.S. Nuclear Forces: Decisions for the Trump Administration

Monday, May 8 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations, for a talk entitled "U.S. Nuclear Forces: Decisions for the Trump Administration" by John Harvey.

2017 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate: American Democracy?

Tuesday, April 11 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to the Goldfarb Center at Colby College in Waterville, for the 2017 Cotter Debate. This year's topic is a conversation about American Democracy. Elections can be exhilarating, exhausting and sometimes embarrassing. To many, these spectacles lie at the heart of a democracy; elections are an open competition for the power and authority to control what government does and does not do. Others doubt the importance of elections, pointing instead to other modes of engagement — particularly the interaction of pressure groups. Elections might be a blunt instrument, they argue, but other pathways ensure the system's responsiveness. In light of the exceptionally turbulent 2016 presidential election, as well as a broad array of other on-going transformations, many now ponder the soundness of what Alexander Hamilton dubbed our "grand experiment." Are citizen's sovereign or largely powerless? Have we ever had a true democracy? Do elections

From Self-Driving Cars to Self-Driving Business Ethics

Tuesday, March 28 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to the University of New England, for a talk with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio, this year's Paul. D. Merrill Business Ethics lecturer. The University of New England is pleased to announce that David Brancaccio, host of American Public Media's "Marketplace Morning Report," will be the speaker at the university's tenth annual Paul D. Merrill Business Ethics Lecture, to be held on Thursday, March 23 at 4 p.m. in the Eleanor DeWolfe Ludcke Auditorium on UNE's Portland Campus. The lecture, titled "From Self-Driving Cars to Self-Driving Business Ethics," will explore the implications for human decisions when ethical rules are woven into artificial intelligence and other new technology. Brancaccio will discuss the current ethics environment and how building ethical decision-making into advanced machines could spark new approaches to ethics in business and beyond. "Given current debates about conflicts of interest

2017 Camden Conference: Cas Mudde & Maha Yahya

Cas Mudde: H​as the Refugee Crisis Created a Perfect Storm for the Far Right? & Maha Yahya: Refugees and the Remaking of an Arab Order Has the Refugee Crisis Created a Perfect Storm for the Far Right? Cas Mudde Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, USA, Researcher, Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo, Norway, Co-editor, European Journal of Political Research Cas Mudde is Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia and Researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) of the University of Oslo. His research focuses on extremism and democracy and is guided by the question: How can liberal democracies defend themselves without undermining their core values? Before moving to Georgia in 2012, he held tenure-track and visiting positions at a number of universities in Europe and the United States. His recent publications include: On Extremism and

2017 Camden Conference: Gerald Knaus & Bruno Stagno

Gerald Knaus: Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Refugee Protection & Bruno Stagno: 2016 — The Year the World Stopped Caring about Refugees --Central America and Beyond

2017 Camden Conference: Keynote Address - Paul James

Tuesday, February 28 at 2:00 pm Keynote Address: Paul James: The World Is on the Move, and We Have No Idea How to Respond. More than 65 million people are now on the move, seeking food, safety, and better lives for themselves and their families. They are fleeing for a variety of reasons: wars, ethnic and religious conflicts, corruption and crime, and the devastating consequences of climate change. The post–World War II international framework—created to meet what was then an unprecedented flow of humanity across borders—is now facing its severest crisis.

"Immigrants, Executive Orders, and the American Nation"

Tuesday, February 14 at 2:00 pm Speaking In Maine takes us next to Northport and a recent meeting of the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations. The speaker is Julia Preston of the New York Times, speaking on "Immigrants, Executive Orders and the American Nation." Julia Preston was a member of The New York Times staff that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on international affairs for its series that profiled the corrosive effects of drug corruption in Mexico. Ms. Preston became a national correspondent covering immigration for The Times in April 2006. She was a federal courts reporter from May 2004 to March 2006. Previously she was deputy investigations editor from March 2003 to April 2004. Prior to that, she had been United Nations bureau chief from October 2002 to February 2003, covering the Security Council deliberations on Iraq. From January to September 2002, Ms. Preston was an editor on the Foreign Desk in New York. From September 1995 to December 2001, she was a New York

"What's Next for Foreign Policy under the Trump Administration?"

Monday, February 13 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland and the World Affairs Council of Maine for a panel discussion on "What's Next for Foreign Policy under the Trump Administration." Panelists: Charles Norchi, Professor of Law and University Trustee Professor, University of Maine School of Law, speaking on international law and the United Nations Richard Barron Parker, Professor Emeritus, Hiroshima Shudo University, speaking on continuities and contrasts with Obama's foreign policy Laura Henry, Professor of Government at Bowdoin College, speaking on U.S. relations with Russia James Richter, Professor of International Politics at Bates College, speaking on U.S. relations with Europe

"American Character"

Thursday, February 2 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations. The speaker is journalist and author Colin Woodard, State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram, and contributing editor at Politico. Colin Woodard is an award-winning author and journalist. He is currently State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram, where he was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist and received a 2012 George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. He is also a contributing editor at Politico and writes for Washington Monthly and The Chronicle of Higher Education and reviews books for the Washington Post. A native of Maine, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and seven continents, and lived for more than four years in Eastern Europe. In 2014 he was named one of the "Best State Capitol Reporters in America" by the Washington Post and Journalist

"Peace Through Entrepreneurship"

Wednesday, January 11 at 2:00 pm Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations, for a talk by Steven Koltai on "Peace Through Entrepreneurship." Steven Koltai created and ran the Global Entrepreneurship Program for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a central element of President Obama's strategy for changing the relationship between the U.S. and Muslim communities around the world. He left the State Department to continue the work of global entrepreneurship ecosystem building via Koltai & Company. Steven is currently a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution. He is the author, most recently, of Peace Through Entrepreneurship: Investing in a Startup Culture for Security and Development [Brookings Institute Press, 2016]. Steven has over 30 years of business experience with several successful startups under his belt, including SES, the world's largest commercial TV satellite system, and Event411, an online event management business which

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