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.

Kristalina Georgieva delivers 2018 George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture


The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs was thrilled to welcome World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva to Colby College as the 2018 speaker for the George J. Mitchell Distinguished International Lecture Series. Doctor Georgieva presented on The Role of the World Bank: Why We Dare to Confront Global Challenges.
During this lecture, Doctor Georgieva shared insights on how her career has evolved, as well as current conversations occurring on a global scale, in particular regarding situations in countries such as Senegal and Zimbabwe. The audience then had the opportunity to have questions regarding the World Bank and its work answered by Doctor Georgieva.

Doctor Georgieva is the first CEO of the World Bank, and is the 2010 “European of the Year”. She has had great success in reducing rates of global poverty, and is especially known for her work in both Haiti and Pakistan. She is from Sofia, Bulgaria, and has earned degrees from both the London School of Economics as well as Harvard Business School.

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

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
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)