Carthage welcomes former Maine governor, congressman Baldacci


Carthage welcomes former Maine governor, congressman Baldacci


Public events Oct. 2-4 focus on politics, economy, education

KENOSHA, Wis. – Featuring special guest John E. Baldacci, a former Maine governor and U.S. congressman, Carthage College will hold three public events from Oct. 2-4. Admission is free to all three events, which will be held in the Todd Wehr Center at Carthage, 2001 Alford Park Drive.
John E. Baldacci

John E. Baldacci

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Oct. 2: Presentation – ‘On Civility in Politics’ | 7-8:30 p.m.
A strong proponent of bipartisan government, Baldacci will lay out the case for civility in an era of increasing polarization. Afterward, refreshments will be served at a public reception.

Oct. 3: Presentation – ‘Unorthodox: A Conversation About Life, Politics, and the Road Not Taken’ | 6-7:30 p.m.
The public is invited to join students from Carthage, Gateway Technical College, and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside for Baldacci’s dinner presentation about the mutual value of higher education and career development. Advance registration is required.

Oct. 4: Panel Discussion – Economic Development in Southeast Wisconsin | 7 p.m.
Baldacci will join Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian, Carthage President John Swallow, and Racine County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Jenny Trick on this panel, facilitated by Carthage faculty member Gregory Barron. Afterward, refreshments will be served at a public reception.

After representing Maine for four terms in Congress, Baldacci served as the state’s governor from 2003 to 2011. He overhauled the state’s health care and technical college systems, created economic development zones, streamlined government services, promoted alternative energy sources, and expanded civil rights laws.

Today, Baldacci works a senior advisor for economic development and government relations at Pierce Atwood LLP, a law firm in Portland, Maine. He comes to Carthage through the Sam and Gene Johnson Endowed Distinguished Visiting Professorship and the Council of Independent Colleges’ Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program.

For details, or to register for the Oct. 3 dinner event, visit:

About Carthage College –
Carthage combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. A four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, Carthage has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.

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