LEWISTON – A panel discussion on poverty in Maine will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Bates College.

“Poverty and the Two Maines” will kick off the Harward Center for Community Partnerships’ “Civic Forum on Reimagining Maine in the 21st Century” in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives, 70 Campus Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Four panelists will share their perspectives and discuss means of addressing the problem of poverty in the state. Panelists include Hannah Pingree, Maine House majority leader; Sarah Standiford, Bates class of 1997 and executive director of the Maine Women’s Lobby; Naomi Schalit, opinion page editor at the Kennebec Journal; and Eric Smith, congregational outreach coordinator, Maine Council of Churches.

The Harward Center’s civic forum series explores civic, political and policy issues of significance to the Bates community, Maine and beyond. Additional panels planned for this academic year include “Reimagining Globalism: Maine in the World’s Economy” on Jan. 16, 2008, and “Re-Imagining the North Woods: The Changing Environment of Maine” on Feb. 27.

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