LEWISTON – The director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships at Bates College will talk about community engagement at the Great Falls Forum on Thursday.

The talk will be held at the Marsden Hartley Cultural Center, Lewiston Public Library, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

David Scobey will talk on “Repairing the Compact: Why Community Engagement is Good for Liberal Education … and Vice Versa.”

He has written and spoken extensively about U.S. history and community-based learning. He also has been nationally recognized as a leader in the theory and practice of community-based learning.

He graduated from Yale University and was a Rhodes scholar as well as a senior research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. He is the recipient of many fellowships and awards.

As the Bates College Harward professor, Scobey helps coordinate community-engagement initiatives and integrate them into its liberal-arts mission. The center includes a nationally known service-learning program, student-led volunteer projects and a 600-acre ocean-side conservation area.

Lunch at the forum is $7 with preregistration, $10 at the door, if space is available. Make lunch reservations by calling Jeanne Lachance at (207) 689-2843 on or before Tuesday, May 16.

The Great Falls Forum is a monthly public platform for thought-provoking speakers and discussion. Everyone is welcome. No dues, no obligations. A question-and-answer period follows each talk.

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