Last year, we were lucky enough to partner with the Bangor Daily News our first Maine speaker series, “Dirigo Speaks.” The series featured Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine), former Senator and Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and Senator Angus King (I-Maine). It also featured not-so-well-known inspirations like Emily Kimball (the “Aging Adventurer”) and veteran political cartoonist George Danby. The goal was to convene conversations about some of the important issues facing Maine as well as highlight some of the incredible people working on them. Above all, the speaker series brought together community members in both Portland and Bangor.

We’re excited to announce the launch of Dirigo Speaks 2017! The lineup this year is still developing. However, we’ve locked in several speakers and events that we think you’ll enjoy and are taking RSVPS now.


PLEASE NOTE We regret that due to illness, THE EVENT WITH ANITA SHREVE scheduled for June 29, 2017 HAS BEEN CANCELLED

A reminder that each event is free and open to the community but we do hope you’ll let us know if you’re attending so we can handle any concerns about space and capacity.

Dirigo Speaks 2017 lineup: Dirigo Speaks Presents: Kristen Miale, President of Good Shepherd Food Bank 
WHEN: Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME
RSVP here.

MialeMiale has led the Good Shepherd Food Bank since 2012. Under her watch, Good Shepherd has grown to providing 20 million meals to 178,00 food insecure Mainers, including 2 million pounds of locally grown Maine produce as part of their Mainers Feeding Mainers program. Hunger, especially senior hunger, continues to hit Maine communities hard. These are our neighbors, friends, and sometimes family. Yet, there is incredible potential in Maine’s agriculture and the growing local-food movement and Good Shepherd is working hard to help push new ideas and new solutions forward. We are excited to welcome Kristen Miale to Dirgio Speaks and hear more about how each of us can play a role in tackling the hunger crisis in Maine and beyond.

Dirigo Speaks Presents: Lucas St. Clair, President Elliotsville Plantation
WHEN: Wednesday, June 7 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME
RSVP here.

StClairA North Woods native, St. Clair remains an avid outdoorsman – fly fishing, canoeing, and hiking around Maine and the world. Currently managing Elliotsville Plantation Inc. (EPI), a swath of more than 125,000 acres of timber land in Northern and Central Maine. In 2016, President Obama accepted 89,000 acres from EPI to create the newest piece of the National Park Service, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. AARP Maine and the Bangor Daily News are pleased to welcome St. Clair to Dirigo Speaks to learn more about the future of land management in one of America’s last remaining wild places.


Dirigo Speaks Presents: Best-Selling Author Christina Baker-Kline
WHEN: Tuesday, August 8 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor, ME
RSVP here.

Kline is the author of five novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train. Her other novels include Bird in Hand, The Way Life Should Be, Desire Lines and Sweet Water. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, LitHub, Psychology Today, among other places. She lives outside of New York City and on the coast of Maine. Her latest work, A Piece of the World, tells the story of Christina Olson, the real-life muse of artist Andrew Wyeth as portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece, Christina’s World. It is a story about the burdens and blessings of family history, and how an artist and muse can come together to forge a new and timeless legacy. We honored to welcome Christina Baker-Kline to Dirigo Speaks and hope you will join us for this special evening.

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