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Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell to speak at USM

PORTLAND—Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell will speak at the University of Southern Maine on Thursday, September 26, at 4 p.m. in Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, on the USM Portland campus.

Mitchell’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.

Mitchell served in the U.S. Senate from 1980 to 1995 and as Senate Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995. He successfully led the effort to enact the Clean Air Act of 1990 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, both signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. Following his Senate career, Mitchell served as special envoy to Northern Ireland and as special envoy for Middle East peace. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Mitchell currently serves as co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission.

Upcoming speakers include U.S. Senator Angus King, former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, former U.S. Representative Barney Frank, former Governor Kenneth Curtis, 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.

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

Directions to the Abromson Center, USM Portland campus: