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Forum on the Future: Our Divided Country – Seeking Common Ground | Feb. 9

UMA Senior College will hold a ‘Forum on the Future’ on the topic of Our Divided Country – Seeking Common Ground

Sunday, February 9, 2020 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Snow date of March 1, 2020, if needed)

Randall Student Center, Fireplace Lounge, UMA Augusta Campus

The University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) Senior College and UMA College of Arts and Sciences will present, as part of its Forum on the Future series, Our Divided Country—Seeking Common Ground, at the Fireplace Lounge, Randall Student Center on UMA’s Augusta campus on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 2-4 pm. The forum is free and open to the public. Attendees should note the change of location for this Forum.

Recognizing that sharp divisions in the American populace have caused many to fear for the future of democracy in our nation, this Forum on the Future will feature two knowledgeable speakers, one a political scientist and one an opinion page editor, to provide their insight on the topic. They will address the background of our divide and what can be done to bring about a more civil national conversation and find common causes on which the two sides can work together. UMASC Forums on the Future are intended to be presentations of information and ideas and not a debate.

Shea Daniel
Shea Daniel

Daniel M. Shea is a professor of Government at Colby College and former Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civil Engagement. Included in his specialization are civility in politics and youth engagement.  He has written or edited over 20 books on elections, the latest of which is titled “Why Vote? Essential Questions about the Future of Elections in the United States.” He lives in Mt Vernon with his wife Christine and three children.

Kesich Greg
Kesich Greg

Greg Kesich is the Editorial Page Editor of the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. His work has appeared in the state’s newspapers for the last 30 years, starting as a reporter whose assignments included coverage of the State House and the State court system before moving into opinion writing in 2007.  He has served as Editorial Page Editor for the Press Herald for the past eight years.  He lives in Portland with his wife Gail Donovan, a children’s book author.

Marilyn Canavan, a Senior College board member and former State Representative will serve as moderator of the event.

Please note that the location for this event is in a different venue than previous forums because of construction. Parking will be more convenient in the North Lot. There will be ample time for questions and interaction with the audience. The Forum is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The next forum is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, 2020 on the Criminal Justice System.


The mission of UMA’s Senior College is to provide joyful life-long learning and socializing opportunities to persons 50 and older and their spouses. Besides the forum series, UMASC offers a wide variety of courses and the ‘Concerts at Jewett’ series. For more information about UMASC and its other activities, please call 621-3551, email at umasc@maine.edu.