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The Bangor Daily News’ Dirigo Speaks series presents thoughtful conversations throughout the year with civic leaders, change makers, artists and business leaders shaping Maine’s future.

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2019-2020 Season
— November 7: Attorney Janna Gau contends we’re going about Title IX all wrong, at the Gracie Theatre at Husson University.

More speakers will be added as they are scheduled. 

Past Speakers


— October 22: BDN Outdoors Editor John Holyoke in conversation with Matt Dunlap, celebrating the launch of Holyoke’s new book, Evergreens.
Stephanie Brock of Red Thread, Heather Robinson of Camden National Bank and Kerem Durdag of GWI discuss how #metoo has changed work in Maine with BDN journalist Callie Ferguson
Peggy Schaffer, Executive Director of Connect ME
Richard Blanco, poet
Bucksport town manager Susan Lessard and business owner Richard Rosen, Lessons from Bucksport on Losing a Large Employer


Dr. Brien Walton, Director of the Center for Family Business at Husson University, on using Opportunity Zones to attract investment
Secretary of state Matt Dunlap, on ranked-choice voting
Gary Allen,Running to grow Maine’s economy
Senator George Mitchell
Dr. Trip Gardner, Addiction as a brain disease
Abdi Nor Iftin, stories from a new American and book signing of ‘Call Me American’
Lucas Richman, musical director of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra
Mary Bonauto, nationally renowned civil rights attorney
Dr. Susan Hunter, outgoing UMaine President
Gary Allen, Gail Auclair, Ron Hise, Tamera Blades — Competing with Age


Stan Makara, Cheryl Michaud, Patti Rapaport — The Next Act: Starting a business after 50
Travis Baker et al, a reading of ‘The Dogs Pond’
Christina Baker Kline
Lucas St. Clair
Kristin Miale
Michael Finkel


Emily Kimball, the ‘Aging Adventurer’
George Mitchell
Susan Collins