The Margaret Chase Smith Library, operated and maintained by the University of Maine, will host the Leeke-Shaw Lecture on International Affairs. On Friday, Oct. 18. Retired Ambassador Laurence Pope will give the lecture, “Demilitarizing American Diplomacy” on the topic of the importance of diplomacy as the third leg of American policy, complementing military power and intelligence, at the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will begin with lunch, followed by the lecture at noon. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Acheson, a Research Associate at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, was interviewed by Maine Public Broadcasting Network Jennifer Mitchell for Maine Things Considered. Acheson was asked about newly released poverty data for the U.S. and states, and discussed the outdated methodology for establishing poverty thresholds. The story can be found at http://www.mpbn.net/News/MaineNewsArchive/tabid/181/ctl/ViewItem/mid/3475/ItemId/30070/Default.aspx
An opinion piece published in the Bangor Daily News titled “For a strong economic future, education must be forefront” cites a study by Philip Trostel. Trostel’s study, “Path to a Better Future: The Fiscal Payoff of Investment in Early Childhood in Maine,” looks at the fiscal benefits of creating a statewide early childhood education system for those with low incomes.
University of Maine graduate student Bridie McGreavy, who is working with the Smith Center’s Linda Silka and Laura Lindenfeld on the Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI), was one of 29 doctoral students nationwide who were selected to participate in this year’s Doctoral Honors Seminar of the National Communication Association, July 18–21 in Bar Harbor. More information about the seminar, and McGreavy’s work can be found here.