The Mid-Maine Global Forum, along with the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, plans to host Abrahm Lustgarten for the annual Linda Cotter Speaker Event.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center on the Colby College campus, 4000 Mayflower Hill in Waterville. The event with begin with a beer and wine bar reception and a variety of hors d’oeuvres, followed by the keynote address and Q & A.

Climate change is making the same parts of the world that are the most populated hotter and drier, leading to growing food scarcity and widespread economic impact that is together expected to drive large-scale migration over the coming decades. In this talk Lustgarten will look at the climate-driven migration already underway, consider how it affects the U.S. border and security, and also what a hotter climate means for where people live inside the U.S., according to a news release from the Mid-Maine Global Forum.

Lustgarten is a nationally recognized writer and thinker about climate change. He writes for ProPublica, the New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and PBS Frontline, among others. His most recent work has focused on global migration in response to a warming climate, the subject of three cover stories he wrote for the New York Times Magazine and of his forthcoming book, “Unlivable,” from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

His other recent investigations include an examination of how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank keep climate-vulnerable countries paralyzed by high levels of debt, and of the global palm oil trade, the climate drivers behind pandemics, and global water scarcity.

This annual speaker series is in honor of Linda Cotter, founder of the Mid-Maine Global Forum and late wife of former Colby College president William Cotter.

The cost is $35 per person. As seating is limited to 100 people, people should RSVP as soon as possible and before the deadline of Tuesday, Aug. 1 to

The event will have open seating, but those who would like to reserve a table for a party of eight can indicate so in their RSVP. Organizers will need the names of the people in each party. Mail a check, payable to Mid-Maine Global Forum, to: Mid-Maine Global Forum, P.O. Box 2636, Waterville, ME 04903.


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