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

Want updates as more events are scheduled? Be sure to follow us on Facebook.

2018 Upcoming

Lucas Richman, artistic director of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra
July 25, Bangor Arts Exchange | Reserve your seat

Abdi Nor Iftin, stories from a new American and book signing of ‘Call Me American’
August 9, Bangor Public Library | Reserve your seat

Dr. Trip Gardner, working to destigmatize addiction
August 22, Bangor Public Library

Senator George Mitchell
September 27, Gracie Theatre

Gary Allen, marathon founder and runner
October 23, Penobscot Theatre Company

More speakers will be added as they are scheduled. 

Past Speakers


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