The biennial William S. Cohen Lecture Series, the signature program of the Cohen Institute, brings major public figures to campus for a public discussion of significant issues in U.S. politics and international affairs. Past speakers have included former heads of state, cabinet secretaries, members of Congress, diplomats, military leaders, and prominent journalists. The events are typically hosted by Secretary Cohen.
The Leadership Lecture Series, with ongoing public events throughout the academic year, addresses issues of topical interest in leadership, public service, politics, and international affairs. These events bring some of America’s most respected leaders in public service to the University of Maine. These events are an important facet of the Institute’s mission to promote and teach leadership and public service in a way that reflects and honors the rich legacy of Secretary William S. Cohen, one of Maine’s most highly respected and influential citizens.