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All Great Falls Forum programs take place on Fridays from 12 noon to 1 pm in the Library’s Callahan Hall. The programs are free and no advance registration is required. The Forum is a bring-your-own lunch event.  Coffee, tea and bottled water are available at the program

Our Great Falls Forum co-sponsors are the Sun JournalBates College and the Chamber. For more information contact the Library’s Adult Services desk at 513-3135 or via email at

Upcoming Events


Great Falls Forum with award-winning Maine Public Radio Team     Oct 15, 2015 — 12:00 pm
Our Oct. 15th Forum will feature Maine Public Broadcasting Network reporters Susan Sharon, Mal Leary, and Patty Wight with a presentation entitled, "From the Ebola Scare to Climate Change to Politics ...

Chief Kirk Francis

Great Falls Forum / Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation     Nov 19, 2015 — 12:00 pm
On Thurs., Nov. 19 at 12 noon in LPL's Callahan Hall, Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis will be addressing the Great Falls Forum on “Penobscot Tribal Sovereignty and the Maine Environment.” ...

Past Events

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Great Falls Forum with Kevin Lewis of Community Health Options     Sep 17, 2015 — 12:00 pm
Join us on Thurs., Sept. 17, at 12 noon in LPL's Callahan Hall for Kevin Lewis, CEO, Community Health Options, speaking on "Moving Beyond Coverage Toward Reducing the Total Costs of Care: Reflections ...

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Author talk with Senator George Mitchell     Sep 15, 2015 — 12:00 pm
Our great state has a history of producing leaders of the highest caliber. From Speaker of the U.S. House Thomas Brackett Reed to Senators Margaret Chase Smith and Olympia Snowe, we are able to look o...


Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: the Latest Research on Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS)     May 15, 2015 — 12:00 pm
Friday, May 15 at 12 noon in LPL's Callahan Hall: Dr. Brett Morrison, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Johns Hopkins Medical School, “Beyond the Ice Bucket Challenge: the Latest Research on Lou...

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Beyond Obamacare: the Future of Healthcare in Maine     Apr 17, 2015 — 12:00 pm
Friday, April 17: Dr. Wendy Wolf, President and CEO, Maine Health Access Foundation,”Beyond Obamacare: the Future of Healthcare in Maine.” The passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)...


Maine Indians, Wabanaki Peoples – our Past and Present Stories     Mar 20, 2015 — 12:00 pm
This month’s session of the Great Falls Forum will take place on Friday, March 20th, featuring John Bear Mitchell, Wabanaki Center Outreach & Student Development Coordinator, University of M...


Getting Down to Business: Insights from Local Entrepreneurs     Feb 27, 2015 — 12:00 pm
On Friday, February 27, at 12 noon in LPL’s Callahan Hall, the Great Falls Forum will feature a panel of diverse Lewiston/Auburn entrepreneurs: “Getting Down to Business: Insights from Local Entre...

The Policy and Politics of Reforming Maine’s Tax System     Jan 16, 2015 — 12:00 pm
On Friday, Jan. 16, at 12 noon in LPL's Callahan Hall, The Great Falls Forum will feature economist and former Maine State Senator, Dick Woodbury, speaking on “The Policy and Politics of Refo...

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The 2014 Election: What Did We Learn and What Can We Expect?     Nov 21, 2014 — 12:00 pm
Friday, Nov. 21 at 12 noon: John Baughman, Associate Professor of Politics, Bates College, ”The 2014 Election: What Did We Learn and What Can We Expect?”  Prof. Baughman is in his fifteent...

The Role of Investigative Reporting in Maine’s Democracy     Oct 17, 2014 — 12:00 pm
Great Falls Forum: Friday, Oct. 17: John Christie, founder and editor in chief, and Naomi Schalit, publisher and senior reporter of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, will be speaking...

Andrew Cyr

Renewing the Source: a New Model for Classical Music     Oct 02, 2014 — 12:00 pm
Thursday, Oct. 2, Great Falls Forum lecture featuring Andrew Cyr, conductor, Metropolis Ensemble, “Renewing the Source: a New Model for Classical Music.” Bates College alumnus, Andrew Cyr (Ba...


How to Raise a Dangerous Criminal     Sep 19, 2014 — 12:00 pm
Our 2014-2015 Great Falls Forum Season opens on Friday, September 19th with Margaret D. McGaughey speaking on "How to Raise a Dangerous Criminal." Margaret has served as a federal prosecutor for the l...

The Changing Face of Maine: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages in Lewiston and Portland     May 16, 2014 — 12:00 pm
Friday, May 16 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.: Anne Kemper, Counselor/Coordinator, Adult Learning Center, Lewiston Adult Education, and Joyce Walworth, ESOL Instructor, Portland Adult Education, “The Cha...


The Words I Chose     Apr 18, 2014 — 12:00 pm
Friday, April 18 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.  Great Falls Forum talk: Wesley McNair, Maine Poet Laureate,”The Words I Chose.”  Not only is Wes McNair our state's Poet Laureate, he is truly a Maine...

Jennifer Hutchins

Art & the Human Ecosystem: How Portland is Growing and Supporting the Creative Economy     Mar 21, 2014 — 12:00 pm
Join us on Friday, March 21st from noon to 1 PM as Jennifer Hutchins speaks about "Art & the Human Ecosystem: How Portland is Growing and Supporting the Creative Economy." Ms. Hutchins will talk...


Monitoring Glaciers in a Changing Arctic Climate: Perspectives Gained from Long Term Environmental Monitoring     Feb 21, 2014 — 12:00 pm
Friday, Feb. 21 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.: Mike Retelle, Professor of Geology, Bates College, “Monitoring Glaciers in a Changing Arctic Climate: Perspectives Gained from Long Term Environmental Moni...


An Insider’s View of Andrew Wyeth     Jan 17, 2014 — 12:00 pm
Friday, Jan. 17 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. : Victoria Wyeth, Bates College alumna and granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth, “An Insider’s View of Andrew Wyeth.” Victoria Wyeth, the only grandchild of ...


From L/A to Africa: Exploring Refugee Resettlement in Reverse     Nov 22, 2013 — 12:00 pm
For our November Great Falls Forum program, we're presenting L/A native, Cheryl Hamilton to talk about the current state of African refugee resettlement to the U.S.  This program will take place on ...

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Building Community Through Dance and the Arts     Oct 25, 2013 — 12:00 pm
The Great Falls Forum season opens this fall with dance artists from the nationally-renown contemporary dance company, Urban Bush Women presenting a talk on Building Community Through Dance and the Ar...


How Cities are Redefining Their Waterfronts and Recapturing Their Vitality     May 16, 2013 — 12:00 pm
Our final speaker for the 2012-2013 Forum season is David Spillane, Director of Planning and Urban Design at the firm, Goody Clancy. Not only has David played a key role in the City of Lewiston's Rive...


Frances Perkins: Lessons from a Maine Resident and “New Deal” Leader     Apr 18, 2013 — 12:00 pm
Laura A. Fortman Executive Director, Frances Perkins Center Our Forum speaker for April is Laura A. Fortman, the Executive Director of the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine. Laura will enl...


From Bowdoinham to Bangladesh… and Back: Personal Reflections on International Assistance     Mar 21, 2013 — 12:00 pm
David Whittlesey former Senior Advisor with Interpeace The featured speaker for our March Forum is David Whittlesey, a former Director of Operations and Senior Advisor with Interpeace, an internatio...


Arts, Advocacy, & Action: Acting as if Our Lives Depended on It     Feb 21, 2013 — 12:00 pm
Cathy Plourde Playwright/Activist, Director, Add Verb Productions, University of New England Cathy Plourde, Playwright/Activist and Director of the University of New England’s Add Verb Productions...


Bates and the Engaged Liberal Arts     Jan 17, 2013 —
Clayton Spencer President, Bates College Our January Forum features the newly-inaugurated President of Bates College, Clayton Spencer. Clayton will be presenting an inside look at the latest devel...


Life in Silicon Valley     Dec 20, 2012 — 12:00 pm
Sandy Parakilas Head of Growth and Operations, CitizenNet Our December Forum speaker is Lewiston native Sandy Parakilas, who is currently working as the Head of Growth and Operations for CitizenNet....


Downtown Lewiston—Current Growth and Future Opportunities     Nov 15, 2012 — 12:00 pm
Eric Agren Proprietor, Fuel Our November Forum speaker is Lewiston’s own Eric Agren, proprietor of two award-winning downtown restaurants, Fuel and Marché. Eric will be talking about his vision ...


Portland Forward: Citizen Media With a Global Perspective     Oct 18, 2012 — 12:00 pm
Mohamed Dini Executive Director, African Diaspora Institute Our speaker for the October Forum is Mohammed Dini, the Executive Director of the African Diaspora Institute and a leader in the Somali co...


Reminiscences from 90 Years at the Piano     Sep 20, 2012 — 12:00 pm
Frank Glazer Artist in Residence, Bates College Pianist extraordinaire Frank Glazer will be the opening speaker for the 15th season of the Great Falls Forum. On Thursday, Sept 20th at 12:00 noon in...

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