Next UMA ‘Divided Country’ forum is Feb. 9

AUGUSTA – The University of Maine at Augusta Forum on the Future series, “Our Divided Country — Seeking Common Ground,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Fireplace Lounge, Randall Student Center on UMA’s Augusta campus.
The forum is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the UMA Senior College and UMA College of Arts and Sciences. Refreshments will be served.

Daniel Shea
Greg Kesich
The Forum on the Future will feature two speakers, Daniel M. Shea and Greg Kesich, to provide insight on the background of our divide and what can be done to bring about a more civil national conversation and find common causes on which the two sides can work together. UMASC Forums on the Future are intended to be presentations of information and ideas, and not a debate.
Shea is a professor of government at Colby College and former director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civil Engagement. Included in his specialization are civility in politics and youth engagement. He has written or edited more than 20 books on elections, the latest of which is, “Why Vote? Essential Questions about the Future of Elections in the United States.”
Kesich is the editorial page editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. His work has appeared in the state’s newspapers for the last 30 years, starting as a reporter whose assignments included coverage of the State House and the state court system before moving into opinion writing in 2007. He has been editorial page editor for the past eight years.
Marilyn Canavan, a Senior College board member and former state representative will be moderator.
The location for this event is in a different venue than previous forums because of construction. Parking will be more convenient in the North Lot.
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The next forum is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, and will be on the Criminal Justice System.