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What a few years it has been across the globe since we launched Freeport Speech at the end of 2021. We are thankful to our growing group of season supporters who allow us to bring you our speaker series. We are also proud to recognize our event sponsors who enable contributions to local charitable organizations. While the world seems to be foundering in search of its lost community spirit, we look forward to continuing important conversations in an open manner on our Meetinghouse Arts stage and the Freeport Performing Arts Center when we need additional capacity. We encourage you to take a look at our prior events, all of which have video recordings to enable access to those who aren’t able to attend in person. Read more about those prior events below.

Second Season

The second season of our Freeport Speech Speaker Series was, in a word, extraordinary:

  • April 25, 2023: we welcomed a panel of asylum seekers, refugees fleeing hardship at home, who shared their experiences leaving home to resettle in this corner of the world called Maine;

  • May 30, 2023: we revisited the war in Ukraine, ten months after we first addressed the conflict, with our state department and military experts;

  • July 18th, 2023: in a foreshadowing of days to come, we heard stories of global stories of resilience from the former NBC News Tel Aviv Bureau Chief;

  • August 22, 2023: we reflected on the potential impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on affirmative action in college admissions with past presidents of USM, Bates and Colby;

  • September 19, 2023: we felt as if we were sitting across the kitchen table from accomplished Maine authors Lily King and Susan Conley, as they revealed the secrets of their creative process and their years long friendship;

  • October 10, 2023: we educated ourselves and our communities by hearing from both sides of the debate on public vs. private ownership of Maine's power company; and

  • November 16, 2023: we welcomed Maine’s good friend, Dr. Nirav Shah, back to our state from the CDC in a conversation with Chris Costa about what climate change means for public health.


Stay tuned to see what we have in store for 2024 and take a sneak peak at our already scheduled events on our home page.​

First Season

We began our series with our inaugural speaker, Heather Cox-Richardson, speaking about "Arts and Agency in History." Maine Senator Angus King spoke in May about "The Art of Politics." Also gracing our stage was Dr. Nirav Shah and Prof. Kara Palamountain, who talked about global health in a pandemic world; Admiral Gregory Johnson and Diplomat Susan Thornton, who gave their views on the Ukraine from a Pentagon and State Department perspective; Drs Iain Kerr and Susana Hancock and Don Perkins shared their work to protect our environment; and Colin Woodard, a New York Times bestselling historian, challenged us to formulate a more unifying theme for America in its third century.

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