BELFAST, Maine — Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell will cover the recent political turbulence in the Middle East and its effect on U.S. foreign policy during a talk at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center.
Belfast Senior College and the Camden Conference are co-sponsoring the senator’s first public address in coastal mid-Maine since his resignation as the U.S. Special Envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process in May. His talk opens the 2011-2012 Distinguished Speaker Series at Senior College, and the presentation is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the talk.
Seating for 250 will be on a first-come basis in the conference center at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center on Route 3 in Belfast. Belfast Senior College and the Camden Conference are joining to bring Mitchell to midcoast Maine in anticipation of the 25th Annual Camden Conference, “The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do we have what it takes?” Feb. 17-19, 2012.
Born in Waterville, Mitchell graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick and Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Following his 15-year service as a
U.S. senator from Maine, he has become known in the last decade as an envoy of the United States to troubled regions.
He played a critical role in securing peace in Northern Ireland and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1999. In 2000 Mitchell was chosen by President Clinton to lead a fact-finding mission to Israel and Palestine, and in 2009 President Obama named him the U.S. Special Envoy to the Arab-Israeli peace process, a position he held for more than two years.