Dorgan returns for talk at UMPI

11 years ago

Dorgan returns for talk at UMPI

    PRESQUE ISLE — An award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker is paying another visit to the University of Maine at Presque Isle this month to visit several classes, work with students and deliver a public presentation.

Darrell Dorgan, who has served as the University’s Journalist/Professional Communicator in Residence, will speak on energy and the North Dakota-Maine connections Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center. This event is free and open to the public.
    In his talk “Life in the Vast Lane: Two Miles Down,” Dorgan will share his experiences about living in the midst of the world’s largest oil discovery in 50 years, and the impact it’s having on North Dakota and places like the state of Maine. For example, Dorgan said, the train that exploded in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, in July 2013 originated in North Dakota.
    “So North Dakota’s boom is very much a local, Maine issue,” he said. “There’s no unemployment in North Dakota; McDonald’s pays $19 an hour, but rents and crime are rising. There’s no place to live and ‘Life in the Vast Lane’ is changing quickly and dramatically.”
    For more information about Dorgan’s visit to the area, contact Dr. Jacqui Lowman at 768-9745.