Become a speaker

We’re looking for people who have deep experience and/or expertise.

Help the incredible people of Maine explore complex topics, gain insight, and broaden perspectives.

We are working to build a cohort of speakers who live all over Maine, who have come to us from all walks of life.  We’re looking for people who have deep experience and/or expertise and are eager to help the incredible people who live in our state explore complex topics, gain insight, and broaden perspectives.

Some of our speakers share a topic they work with professionally, as writers, teachers, professors. Others speak from their lived experience: the stories, lessons, and perspectives of their lives. All of our speakers enjoy sharing what they’ve gleaned from their experience and discussing it with other people.

Our speaker program is offered free to organizations across Maine. Speakers visit each community once, sharing their presentation and engaging the audience through Q&A and brief discussion afterwards.

Serving as a speaker for MHC is flexible, paid, contract work. We provide ongoing training, mentorship, and support for our speakers, and the chance to connect with our state-wide network of speakers – people who are also community organizers, poets and writers, teachers, librarians, researchers, social service providers, veterans, journalists, you name it.

We so hope that you will apply to be a speaker with MHC! When you apply, we’ll ask what you’d like present on.  We are particularly interested in offering presentations that engage in some way with our theme for the coming year: What if…?


New speakers

Virginie Akimana

Educator, Community Interpreter

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Paul Buck

Historian, Educator

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Judith Casselberry

Associate Professor of Africana Studies
Bowdoin College

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Marpheen Chann

Welcome Home: My Journey Through Foster Care, Coming Out, and Reuniting With Family

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Pamela Cummings

President, Board of Directors, Abyssinian Meeting House

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Carol Dana

Cultural Historian, Penobscot Nation

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Samara Cole Doyon

Magnificence as an Act of Resistance

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LaLa Drew

Poet, Writer, Organizer

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James Ford

Community Support Coordinator, Lewiston Public Schools

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Katherine Gaudet

Scholar of Cultural Narratives

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Larissa Malone

Race and Education, Critical Race Theory in Education

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Jo Radner

Storyteller and oral historian

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Wendy Smith

What if I dared to dream?

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Arisa White

Who's Your Daddy: Writing Collectively Through Personal Absence

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Krystal Willams

The Content of Our Character: Moving Forward as a Community

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