Watchdog on a Short Leash: The Escalating Conflict between Press Freedoms and National Security Surveillance

The absence of federal shield law protections, coupled with the escalating number of prosecutions for intelligence-related whistleblowers’ disclosures, has placed enormous new pressures on reporters and news outlets. At the same time, the urgency of providing the public with more accurate information about government surveillance practices has intensified. This panel of renowned reporters, media experts,...

Protests and Walkouts and Tea Parties, Oh My! Students and the Right to Dissent

Sarah Stitzlein, Associate Professor of Philosophy of Education and Director of the Center for Hope and Justice Education, University of Cincinnati The recent reappearance of dissent on our streets brings new promise for improved democratic life and citizen participation. But this promise cannot be fulfilled if schools and colleges do not celebrate or cultivate skills necessary...

Civil: The Way Politics Should Be?

There’s an abundance of research to suggest that American politics is getting nastier, fueled by a thriving array of talk radio shows, blogs, television news, and pundit programs that push partisanship to the extreme. Is the “us versus them,” “my way or the highway” mentality working its way into Maine politics? The Goldfarb Center has...

2014 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture: Senator Thomas A. Daschle

Thomas A. Daschle, former U.S. senator and majority leader from South Dakota Special Guest Senator George J. Mitchell Each year this series welcomes a prominent foreign policy leader to campus for a lecture to foster interaction among students, faculty, and members of the greater Waterville community while honoring former U.S. senator, statesman, international negotiator, and...

Techno-Snooping: Privacy, Technology, and the Evolving Rule of Law

Benjamin Franklin once remarked, “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Indeed, the right to privacy is a bedrock democratic principle, but Americans also expect government to ensure their safety. The struggle to find a proper balance between privacy and security is not new,...

Life After War: America’s Veterans Today

David Aquila “Quil” Lawrence, NPR America’s newest veterans have stories to tell, stories of their time at war, but also of their transition back into life at home. Award-winning NPR correspondent and Maine-native David Aquila “Quil” Lawrence seeks out these veterans’ stories, which cast light on the unusual, and often unknown, challenges and opportunities facing...

Maine Legislative Panel

The center hosted four members of the Maine Legislature to discuss opportunities and challenges facing the state today. The panel included Maine State Representatives Robert Nutting (R-Oakland), Seth Berry (D-Bowdoinham), and Gary Knight ’66 (R-Livermore Falls).

Clash! Contested Terrain, Conflicting Interests – Edwin Dobb

November 13, 2013 – We are going to ever greater extremes to satisfy the world’s growing appetite for energy, metals, and other natural resources. What are the risks? Costs? Journalist Edwin Dobb explored these questions via stories he has written for National Geographic about a proposed copper mine in the headwaters of Bristol Bay, Alaska,...

Lovejoy Panel: From JFK to the Marathon Bombing: 50 Years of Crisis Reporting

October 27, 2013 – Panelists examined the ways crisis reporting has evolved into the new century with technological advances and the public’s ever-growing appetite for instantaneous information. Panelists include Eric Shawn, anchor and senior correspondent, FOX News Channel; Adam Goldman, reporter, Associated Press; Marcela Gaviria, documentarian, reporter, and producer of PBS’s Frontline; and Mike Pride,...

Lean In Colby: Women Leaders of Maine

October 10, 2013 – Women in leadership with connections to Maine shared their thoughts, insights, and experiences about leadership in today’s world. Inspired by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s popular new book, Lean In, our aim is to create a Colby “Lean In Circle.” Panelists include Maine Senator Emily Cain, Maine, MaineGeneral Health Vice President for...