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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2018 Upcoming

Gary Allen, marathon founder and runner: “Running to grow Maine’s economy”
October 23, Penobscot Theatre Company

“Ask Me Anything” with Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap
November 15, Bangor Arts Exchange

Dr. Brien Walton, Director of the Center for Family Business at Husson University: Understanding Opportunity Zones, and how to use them to attract investment
December 5, Bangor Public Library

More speakers will be added as they are scheduled. 

Past Speakers


An evening with 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