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2015 Cohen Lecture: “America’s Response to Global Instability”



The William S. Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service models, promotes and teaches leadership and civic engagement through programs that reflect and honor the rich legacy of one of Maine’s most highly respected and influential citizens.

The Cohen Institute trains future leaders in a variety of disciplines to be ethical, visionary, innovative, civil, thoughtful and independent minded in the service of Maine, the United States, and the world. We emphasize bringing together academic experts and civic leaders from diverse political backgrounds to forge informed consensus on a wide range of contemporary challenges, such as the health of our civic life, climate change, energy, aging, national security and international trade.

Our website provides an in-depth look at our history, Secretary William S. Cohen’s career, and our current initiatives and how you can participate in them.

Our signature event is the biennial William S. Cohen Lecture Series, which brings to UMaine distinguished speakers with informed perspectives on matters of international importance. Established in 1998, speakers have included Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen (1998), Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (2000), Senator John Glenn (2001), Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (2003), Journalist Dan Rather (2005), Journalist Bob Woodward (2007), U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (2009), National Security Advisor James Jones, General (Ret.), USMC (2011), and Senator Alan Simpson (2013). Most recently, the Lecture featured a panel discussion with Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, General Joseph Ralston USAF (Ret.), and Ambassador Nicholas Burns (2015). We encourage you to watch these engaging lectures by visiting our Lecture Series page.

Thank you again for your interest in the Cohen Institute. We hope you will explore our many offerings. Please be sure to contact us with any questions about our programs.

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Contact Information

Cohen Institute for Leadership & Public Service
5754 North Stevens Hall, Room 255
Orono, ME 04469-5782
Phone: 207.581.1873E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System