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The Cohen Lecture Series

The William S. Cohen Lecture Series provides a setting for public discussion of current affairs and raises awareness about the diverse research material in the collection. The topic of the series changes each year, thus involving faculty, students, and community members from various disciplines.

Here is a list of the distinguished guests that we have had the pleasure of welcoming to the University of Maine since the inaugural lecture in 1998.

Please note: You can now watch past lectures in the Cohen series by clicking on the portraits below.



Alan Simpson

Former U.S. Senator


General James L. Jones

Former National Security Advisor


Eric Holder

United States Attorney General


Bob Woodward

Washington Post


Dan Rather

Former CBS News correspondent



Brian Mulroney

Former Canadian Prime Minister


John Glenn

Retired U.S. Senator and former astronaut


 Madeleine Albright

Former Secretary of State


William S. Cohen

Former Secretary of Defense

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Contact Information

William S. Cohen Center
5754 North Stevens Hall, Room 255C
Orono, ME 04469-5782
Phone: (207) 767-3408 | Fax: (207) 581-9542E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System