Honey to speak at Thursday’s forum

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The Great Falls Forum lecture series presents Tim Honey, an international consultant and former Portland city manager, speaking on “Pre- and Post-Apartheid South Africa: A 50-year Journey of Engagement.” The program takes place at noon on Thursday, May 19, in Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library.

Honey has had a strong personal connection to South Africa for almost half a century. This all began back in 1963 when, as a junior in high school, Honey spent a year as an AFS foreign exchange student there. This was at the height of South Africa’s apartheid period and the year that Nelson Mandela was hunted down and arrested as a terrorist.

Over the subsequent five decades, Honey has had the opportunity to visit on numerous other occasions. In 2007, he and his wife undertook a “service sabbatical” in South Africa, where they volunteered for five months in Imizamo Yethu township in Cape Town.

For the last three years Honey has worked on various projects in Kenya, South Africa and other African countries addressing issues ranging from infrastructure development to poverty elimination. During this period his clients have included the Cities Alliance World Bank, the International City Management Association and the Center for International Development at SUNY Albany.

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All of these varied experiences have provided Honey with a unique and up-close vantage point. At his forum presentation he will be talking about the changes that he has observed in the region over the years.

Admission is free to all forum events, and no reservations are required. The presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in Callahan Hall at the Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon St.

Attendees are invited to bring brown bag lunches, or to take advantage of the forum’s partnership with Guthries cafe and request one of the eatery’s custom-made gourmet sandwiches or salads to be delivered to the library in advance of the talk. Orders may be placed by calling Guthries at 376-3344. The menu is available at www.guthriesplace.com. Bottled water will be available on site at the library.

The Great Falls Forum is jointly co-sponsored by Bates College, Lewiston Public Library and the Sun Journal. More information on Thursday’s lecture or other upcoming events in the Great Falls Forum series is available by contacting the Lewiston Public Library at 513-3135 or www.LPLonline.org.

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