2016 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture
Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell
March 15, 2016
For the Goldfarb Center’s 2016 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture, former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell shared his thoughts on where Americans can find hope during contentious times.
2015 William R. and Linda K. Cotter Debate
Genetically Modified Foods: Perils and Promises
November 15, 2015
Should we genetically modify foods? The Goldfarb Center brought together experts to discuss broad-ranging issues associated with genetic modification in today’s food system. Panelists included Stephen Moose, professor of crop sciences at the University of Illinois; Judith Chambers, director for the Program for Biosafety Systems at the International Food Policy Research Institute; Jonathan Latham, cofounder and executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project; and Jodi Koberinski, Colby’s 2015 Oak Fellow and food sovereignty activist. Namesakes of the series, President Emeritus Bill Cotter and his wife, Linda, attended.
Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Nigeria Economic Prospects: Moving Forward in a Weak Oil World
April 20, 2015
As the first female finance minister of Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is lauded for ridding the country of $30 billion dollars of external debt and growing the GDP despite a slow global recovery. She has championed reform in the Nigerian government’s dependency on oil, the country’s main export. The recipient of countless awards and honors, Dr. Okonjo-Iweala was recently named to Forbes Magazine’s world’s greatest 50 leaders list and in 2014 was identified as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine.
2015 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture: U.S. Senator Susan Collins
Why Moderation and Bipartisanship Lead to Progress
April 9, 2015
The 2015 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture will feature U.S. Senator from Maine Susan Collins. First elected in 1996, Senator Collins is serving her fourth term in the U.S. Senate. Known for her work in facilitating bipartisan compromise, Senator Collins is a key leader in the U.S. Congress.
10 Percent Happier: ABC’s Dan Harris ’93 on Meditation
April 1, 2015
Most Americans recognize Dan Harris ’93 as co-anchor of ABC News Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America, but did you know that he is also author of a New York Times bestseller? Harris’s book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story, chronicles his career journey and his struggle with anxiety. To his surprise, Harris discovers that meditation can quiet the mind and lead to greater happiness.
Hydraulic Fracking: Economic Boon or Natural Disaster?
November 6, 2014
Fracking, an unconventional method of extracting oil and gas, has generated immense controversy in recent years. This talk featured a panel discussion with three experts and presented a broad perspective on fracking and the unconventional extraction of oil and gas.