Thompson Free Library partners for speaker series

    DOVER-FOXCROFT —The Thompson Free Library is partnering with the Maine Humanities Council, the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations for the month of September to present a foreign policy speakers series “The World in Your Library”. This series will connect Thompson Free Library as well as others 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.

    “It was a wonderful opportunity for the people of this remote region of Maine. We have people here who are very interested in foreign affairs, and they normally have to travel…for this type of programming,” explained Janet Wilson, director of the Rangeley Public Library, whose library hosted the series in 2013. “[The World in Your Library] allows us to offer quality programs to our community.”
    The Thompson Free Library has selected three speakers and topics for hour-long presentations on important global issues. Thompson Free Library will host Scott Erb. PhD. professor of political science at UMaine-Farmington, presenting on “Social Media Revolution” Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m.; Professor Emeritus Eric Hooglun of Middle East Studies Lund University Sweden presenting on “U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East Since 2001” Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m.; and Seth Singleton, Libra Professor of International Relations University of Maine presenting on “Understanding Russia” Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m..
    For more information on the series, contact Thompson Free Library at 564-3350. The series is offered through a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council, the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and the Mid-Coast Forum with funding from the Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust. The Thompson Free Library is one of only six libraries selected to receive the series this year.

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