2018-2019 Community Conversations Series

Community Conversations is a series of three events bringing together Waterville faith and community institutions with Colby faculty and students to consider major issues of common concern. The series brings together thought leaders in our Maine community for a hour-long educational program and then provides an hour for participants to have open conversations about core questions brought up during the panel discussion. Last year, this series began with scholars from the field of Jewish studies and civic leaders discussing the intersection of Jewish civilization and current political issues in the United States.

Community Conversations

This year, the three-part series will revolve around the concept of “Home.” Join us on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the new Chace Forum—a communal events space on the first floor of the Bill & Joan Alfond Main Street Commons on Main Street in Waterville. Our Fall Community Conversation will feature Rabbi Erica Asch and Colby Pugh Center leader Bethashley Cajuste. Together we will dive into the question of assimilation: What must we give—and give up—to  be American?

The next two events in the series will explore the following questions:

– What is the role of the American family today?

– Colby and Waterville today—who really calls Waterville home?

This program is entering its third year, and will be funded in part through a generous grant from the Maine Humanities Council. At this moment of national tension and division, we are grateful to be able to offer this space for discussion that fosters a deeper sense of connection and understanding within our greater Colby, Waterville, and Maine communities.