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.

This event has been Canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic!

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

Tuesday, March 17 | 7:00 pm | Parker-Reed, SSWAC

The Middle East today is beset by serious problems: weak and failed states, the rise of non-state actors, breakdown of borders, and the failure to deal with corrosive problems such as corruption and authoritarianism. Protracted conflicts – Arab-Israel, Syria, Yemen, and Iran – feed off of and exacerbate these problems. Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kurtzer will examine these issues and discuss the implications for U.S. policy in a wide-ranging lecture at Colby College.


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