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Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank to speak at USM Portland campus

Former U.S. Congressman Barney Frank will speak at the University of Southern Maine on Thursday, October 31 at 4 p.m. in Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, on the USM Portland campus.

Frank served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. A leading figure and noted orator in the Congress, he chaired the House Financial Services Committee. He co-authored the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, mandating the most extensive reforms in the banking and financial services industry since the Great Depression and creating the new Consumer Financial Protection Agency. Prior to the U.S. House of Representatives, Frank was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he served for eight years. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Frank’s presentation is part of the eight-week speaker series “Politics Then and Now, in Maine and the Nation,” which brings 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.

The final installment of the series will be a panel discussion with former State Senator Cynthia Dill, Maine House Republican Leader Ken Fredette, and University of Maine Professor Amy Fried on November 7.    

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 the Muskie School of Public Service for series details and speaker locations.

Directions to the Hannaford Lecture Hall in the Abromson Community Education Center, USM Portland campus: