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Former Maine Governor Kenneth M. Curtis to speak at USM

Former Maine Governor Kenneth M. Curtis

PORTLAND—Former Maine Governor Kenneth M. Curtis will speak at the University of Southern Maine on Thursday, October 3, at 4 p.m. in Lee Community Hall, Wishcamper Center, on the USM Portland campus.

Curtis was elected governor of Maine in 1966 and re-elected in 1970, the first governor to serve two consecutive four-year terms. While in Augusta, Curtis oversaw far-reaching changes in both public policy and governmental management, working successfully with a Republican legislature throughout his terms. Among his achievements were creation of a cabinet system within the state executive branch, Maine’s present-day income tax, and many education, human service, and environmental advances. Curtis also served as president of Maine Maritime Academy from 1986 to 1994.

Curtis’s presentation is part of the eight-week series “Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation,” which brings Maine’s top political minds together to address the following questions: How was politics “played” in earlier times, in Maine and the nation? How has that changed, and why? What will it take to get back on course? And what does Maine have to teach the nation in this regard? The series runs on Thursday afternoons to November 7.

Upcoming speakers include U.S. Senator Angus King, former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, former Governor John McKernan Jr., former U.S. Representative Barney Frank, former Maine Senate President and House Speaker Elizabeth Mitchell, and a panel discussion with former State Senator Cynthia Dill, Maine House Republican Leader Ken Fredette, and University of Maine Professor Amy Fried.

The series is hosted by the Muskie School of Public Service and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USM. There is no charge for admission, and seating cannot be reserved.

Series sponsors include the Bangor Daily News, Bernstein Shur, Cutler Family Fund, Dead River Company, Drummond Woodsum, F.L. Putnam Investment Management Company, the Sun Journal, Maine Community Foundation, Mainebiz, Peter Mills, and Portland Press Herald & Maine Sunday Telegram.

See “Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation" for series details and speaker locations.

Directions to the Wishcamper Center, USM Portland campus: http://www.usm.maine.edu/about/directions-portland-campus