Senator Mitchell PhotoThe Senator George J. Mitchell International Lecture Series brings a prominent policy leader to campus each fall 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.

Angus King delivers 2017 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture


Using 10 overarching points and a whiteboard, Independent Maine Senator Angus King shared his thoughts on foreign policy to a packed Lorimer Chapel at the 2017 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture April 19.
Senator King emphasized the critical need to understand the often precarious relationships among nations and their leaders: “It’s very complex, and relationships differ according to where you are.”
He cited Syria as a prime example, noting that more than 1,200 opposition groups have been organized against Assad, ranging from factions of moderate civilians to extreme jihadists. “These are things that we need to understand better when we try to stick our hand in and take a role in these issues, and the key is to clearly define what our interests are,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Senator King joined Colby President David A. Greene for a tour of Waterville to see firsthand the revitalization efforts that are well underway in the downtown area.

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

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 from 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
International Lawyering for the U.S. Government in an Era of Smart Power (Feb. 26, 2012)

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

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

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
The Challenge of Human Rights in the 21st Century (Oct. 12, 2006)

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