PORTLAND — Former Maine Senator George Mitchell, who served as Special U.S. Envoy to the Middle East, will be the featured speaker Wednesday night at the second annual Wright Express Leadership and Creativity Event.

Mitchell, who resigned as Special Envoy in May, will speak on “Understanding the Middle East and Its Significance on the World Stage.”

The event will take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Hannaford Lecture Hall on the Portland campus of the University of Southern Maine.

This will be Mitchell’s first presentation on the Middle East since completing his duties as Special Envoy.