With support from the Maine Humanities Council, Kennebunk Free Library will host Scott Erb at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 4. His talk, "The Syrian Crisis: ISIS and Refugees," will examine the crisis and its long term implication focusing on the situation in Syria and Iraq, the impact on the European Union, and the potential role of the U.S.

Erb is a professor of political science at the University of Maine at Farmington, specializing in international relations, foreign policy, and the European Union. Scott earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1994 and has been at UMF since 1996. Scott’s research focus is on Germany and the EU, and he has published a book, "German Foreign Policy: Navigating a New Era" (2003). His current research project involves investigating how the European Union can be a model for politics in the era of globalization.

Additionally, there will be a program, "Introduction to Buddhism," to be held at Wells Public Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, October 18, given by Dana Sawyer.

The World in Your Library is brought to your community through a partnership between the Maine Humanities Council, the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.

These events are free to the public and are wheelchair accessible. The Kennebunk Free Library is located at 112 Main St. in Kennebunk, Maine. For more information please call 207-985-2173 or visit www.kennebunklibrary.org.