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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 Season
— July 23: Peggy Schaffer: Unlocking high speed internet in rural Maine at the Bangor Arts Exchange
— August 21: #metoo in Maine: What’s changed? with Stephanie Brock of Red Thread, Kerem Durdag of GWI, and Heather Robinson of Camden National Bank, at the Bangor Arts Exchange. Moderated by BDN journalist Callie Ferguson.

More speakers will be added as they are scheduled. 

Past Speakers

2019

Richard Blanco, poet
Bucksport town manager Susan Lessard and business owner Richard Rosen, Lessons from Bucksport on Losing a Large Employer

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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