Senator Mitchell PhotoThe Mitchell Series brings a prominent policy leader to campus each spring for a lecture and a dinner designed to foster interaction with students, faculty, and members of the greater Waterville community while honoring former U.S. Senator, statesman, international negotiator, and Waterville native George Mitchell.

The series was launched by generous contributions from Mitchell family members and friends of the senator who were eager to bring a high-profile event to the Waterville area. They include Paul Mitchell, the senator’s brother and a lifelong businessman in Waterville; his son Bill Mitchell, also a Waterville businessman and the senator’s nephew; and three of Senator Mitchell’s cousins, Bob Baldacci, a Portland consultant and brother of Maine’s former governor, and Waterville attorneys John and Mark Nale.


2020 Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture Series

Middle East Conundrum: A riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma

Ambassador (Ret.) Daniel C. Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies, Princeton University

Thursday, September 10 | 7:00 pm | Virtual

You can still watch the Goldfarb Center’s first fall major event by following the event link below. The Middle East has confounded America’s diplomats for decades – authoritarian governments, civil strife and violence, economic distress, wars and terrorism. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer, the former Ambassador to Israel and Egypt and currently the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East Policy Studies at Princeton, has unraveled some of the region’s mysteries, assessed the prospects for change, and pointed to some possible hopeful signs.


This virtual event is public and all are welcomed to join. You do not need to register in advance. Just click on the link below.
For the slides included in Professor Kurtzer’s lecture, please see attached:

Middle East Conundrum Presentation


Senator George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lectures (in reverse chronological order):

Executive Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch José Miguel Vivanco (April 15, 2019)
Populism and Double Standards: Growing Challenges to Human Rights in the Americas

World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva (May 6, 2018)
The Role of the World Bank: Why We Dare to Confront Global Challenges.

U.S. Senator for Maine Angus King (April 19, 2017)
Lessons in Foreign Policy, from North Korea to Syria and back to Washington

Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell (March 15, 2016)

U.S. Senator for Maine Susan Collins (April 9, 2015)
Why Moderation and Bipartisanship Lead to Progress

Former U.S. Senator Thomas A. Daschle (April 16, 2014)

Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson (April 10, 2013)

U.S. Department of State Legal Adviser Harold Koh (Feb. 26, 2012)
International Lawyering for the U.S. Government in an Era of Smart Power 

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg (Oct. 21, 2010)
American Leadership and International Cooperation in the 21st Century

Senator George J. Mitchell, U.S. special envoy to the Middle East (Oct. 22, 2009)
Conflict Resolution: George Mitchell Reflects on Personal Experiences 

The Honorable Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State (Oct. 25, 2007)

President Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and former U.N. High Commissioner of Human Rights (Oct. 12, 2006)
The Challenge of Human Rights in the 21st Century 

Senator George J. Mitchell (Sept. 22, 2005)
America’s Role in the 21st Century