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America's Uncertain Future

October 14, 2022

9:00 a.m.

Online presentation

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The United States has weathered crises in the past, but today faces the accelerating impact of climate change and challenges to democratic government. Is political violence likely or possible? Will the military be called upon to hold the country together?


Richard Cohen practiced law for 12 years after graduating from Princeton and Yale Law School. He then was a trial judge for ten years and an appellate judge for eleven. He then conducted a mediation, arbitration, and special master practice for 23 years. In 2017 he retired and now has time to think about things.

Seth Singleton has taught international relations, most recently at the University of Maine, since he finished his doctorate at Yale. He has been academic dean in universities in the US and overseas. Revolutionary situations and their outcomes have been a particular interest since college days, and we now have to apply that analysis to our own country.

Fred Benson retired as an Army Colonel having served combat tours in Vietnam and Korea and Pentagon assignments in the offices of the Army Chief of Staff, the Secretary of the Army, and the Secretary of Defense. Subsequently, he was Vice President for National and International Affairs for the Weyerhaeuser Company, and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by Queen Elizabeth II for his work as President of the US-New Zealand Business Council.


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Policy matters: What the Biden administration's policies mean for Maine

October 28, 2022

12:00 Noon

Online presentation

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From COVID relief to student loan forgiveness to investments aimed at addressing climate change, the Biden administration has advanced substantial policies that are helping Maine's people, economy, and environment. In this talk, Garrett Martin, President and CEO of the Maine Center for Economic Policy, will focus on the impact of the Biden administration policies on the state of Maine, paying particular attention to how these policies have helped Mainers recover from the COVID pandemic and leave us better positioned to tackle future challenges.

Garrett Martin combines his commitment to providing credible and rigorous economic analysis with his passion for advancing economic justice as President and CEO of the Maine Center for Economic Policy. MECEP has been at the forefront of successful efforts to boost incomes and increase access to health care for hundreds of thousands of Mainers.

Garrett has extensive experience in economic research, policy development, community economic development, and philanthropic fund management. He is a Truman Scholar and holds a master’s degree in public affairs from Princeton University with a concentration in economics and public policy analysis.

This event is free and open to everyone.


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Policy matters: What the Biden administration's policies mean for Maine