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2017 High School Students Essay Contest Winners

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its third high school student essay contest which focused on the 2017 Conference theme: Refugees and Global Migration. First prize went to Zoe Bean from Gould Academy, working with teacher Dr. Brad Clarke, for her essay Afghan Refugee Crisis. Lena Downes from Piscataquis Community Secondary School, working with teacher Mr. Joseph Hennessey, won the second prize for her essay The US should help Turkey expand its refugee programs. Third prize went to Sam McMillan from Gould Academy, also working with Dr. Clarke, for his essay A Case for U.S. Responsibility and Iraqi Partition. The Conference congratulates our winners. The essay contest is part of a special program for ten Maine high schools in 2016-17 called “Camden Conference in the Classroom” (CCC). Essay contest winners were enrolled in a course in their high school on refugees and participated in the 30th annual Camden Conference. Twenty percent of the 1,000... Read More

2017 College and University Student Award Winners

College & University Students Awards The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its college and university student essay contest which focused on the 2017 Conference theme: Refugees and Global Migration. First prize went to Jonas Eichenlaub from the University of Maine at Rockland for his essay entitled Refugees Can Be Part of the Solution: The Challenges of Lebanon. Second prize went to Zoe FitzGerald-Beckett from the University of Maine at Augusta for her essay entitled Climate Change Refugees: "What's in a Name?" Third prize was awarded to Brad O'Brien from the University of Maine at Augusta for his essay entitled Oh, Child Left Behind: The Next “Lost Generation”. The Conference congratulates our winners. 1st Prize                 Jonas Eichenlaub, UMaine at Rockland 2nd Prize                 Zoe Fitz-Gerald Beckett, UMaine at Augusta     3rd Prize            ... Read More

CAMDEN CONFERENCE IN THE WORLD-What past Conference speakers and participants are doing and saying regarding current issues

The Camden Conference is more than a weekend conference every February in Midcoast Maine, as amazing as that weekend may be. The people in that community play active and important roles in the world year-round, and as a global community, we want to keep track of and, where feasible and desirable, support each other in those roles. Here are links to a few of the recent comings, goings and writings of members of our extended community:   With the refugee and migration issues covered in the 2017 Conference still on a high boil, Alexandra Bilak made headlines in May with the release by the organization she directs of a Global Report on Internal Displacement showing that two-thirds of the 65 million people displaced by conflict and violence were still within their own countries in 2016, many with little or no aid or protection. Her co-speaker Bruno Stagno, Human Rights Watch…

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How Might We Individually Help the Refugee Crisis?

At the recent Camden Conference, panelists were asked what actions we, as citizens, can take regarding the refugee crisis. This is what they said:   Paul James • Karen Koning AbuZayd • Gerald Knaus • Maha Yahya • Cas Mudde • Bruno Stagno • Alexandra Bilak • Kelly T. Clements • Timothy J. Kane • Muzaffar Chishti If you attended this year’s Conference, you know how informative, dynamic, and entertaining the speakers were. Click here to watch them again or go to www.camdenconference.org. If you were unable to attend but would like to find out more about refugees and the current global crisis from those working on the issue, click here to watch all of the talks from this year’s Camden Conference or go to www.camdenconference.org. Be sure to SAVE THE DATE 31st Annual Camden Conference:  An Unstable World: Shifting Power, Volatile Politics February 16-18, 2018 

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Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis

By Ron Bancroft | Mar 03, 2017 Last weekend’s 30th Camden Conference once again showed the uncanny knack conference organizers have for selecting a topic, a year in advance, that turns out to be front and center in global consciousness by the time we all get to Camden. The Conference opened with the testimony of two Maine refugees: Layla Mohamed from Ethiopia and Ali Al-Mshakheel of Iraq. Their stories gave a face to the issues discussed at the Camden Opera House. Two different sets of refugees dominated the Conference: those from Syria, the Middle East, and Africa, and those from Latin America. By far the largest single group of recent refugees in the more than 20 million refugees documented by the United Nations comes from Syria. Yet the United States allows few of these people to enter. For all of President Trump’s comments about the need for “extreme vetting,” the U.S….

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Camden Conference Cordially Invites You On A Classic Adventure To Greece: Beauty, History & Refugee Issues

Camden Conference in partnership with Classic Escapes is organizing a trip to Greece in October 2017. Click below for full brochure:  Camden Conference – Greece – Beauty, History and Refugee Issues with Classic Escapes  October 6 To 16, 2017 Your Itinerary Day 1~Friday~October 6 Boston/En Route This evening your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Athens.  (Meals Aloft) Day 2~Saturday~October 7 Athens Arrive in Athens, named after Athena – the goddess of wisdom – who, according to legend, won the city after defeating Poseidon in a duel. The goddess’ victory was celebrated by the construction of a temple on the Acropolis, the site of the city’s earliest settlement in Attica. As a city state, the coastal capital of Athens reached its heyday in the fifth century BC. The office of the statesman, Pericles – between 461BC and his death in 429BC – saw an unprecedented spate of construction…

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The Camden Conference is filling up!

The Camden Conference is filling up!   Both the Camden Opera House and Strand Theatre venues have sold out.   Register now for the Hutchinson Center or USM Talbot Hall venues before it’s too late! Pay-Per-View Streaming is also available for a limited time.  Click here for further information.  

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CAMDEN CONFERENCE IN THE WORLD: What past speakers and participants are doing and saying

The Camden Conference is more than a weekend conference every February in Midcoast Maine, as amazing as that weekend may be. The people in that community play active and important roles in the world year-round, and as a global community, we want to keep track of and, where feasible and desirable, support each other in those roles.   Here are links to a few of the recent comings, goings and writings of members of our extended community:   Popular past Camden Conference moderator Nicolas Burns was named one of four New Englanders of the Year in 2016 by the New England Council. The former senior diplomat and professor of diplomacy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government won this coveted award along with GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and 5,000-meter 2016 summer Olympics runner Abbey d’Agostino. Congratulations Nick!   Calestous Juma, a star of…

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Tom & Mac’s 100-Minute History Roadshow Returns for 11th Year!

  Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco will present “Go West Young Man: Settling the American West from Louisiana Purchase into the New Century,” their 11th annual 100-minute history show in 3 venues this year. No advance registration is necessary at any of the venues, but a suggested $10 donation is appreciated. Showtimes as follows: Portland Public Library: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 6:00 PM Camden Opera House: Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM Belfast Hutchinson Center: Sunday, January 22 at 2:00 PM Each year Deford and DeMarco choose as the topic of the show “something at least vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s Camden Conference”; the upcoming 2017 Conference is titled “Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis.” In “Go West,” the migrants are the settlers, attracted by the wide open spaces of just-acquired Louisiana Territory and beyond.   The refugees are the Native Americans, pushed out of…

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From the Archives-DownEast magazine article about Camden Conference

In recognition of our 30 year anniversary, we are revisiting words written about the Camden Conference through the years. In 1996, DownEast magazine featured an article called “The Talk of Camden: A Midwinter Marvel.” From the article:  Despite the first conference’s relative success, there was widespread doubt in Camden that future seminars would find much of an audience or many top-flight speakers willing to make their way to the coast of Maine in midwinter. “I thought it was the damnedest fool thing I’d ever heard of,” admits James Brown, a retired New York Times editorial writer and journalist who went on to become a member of the Camden Conference board, “getting all these bigwigs to come to Camden on the first weekend in February, when there’s a fifty-fifty chance of a blizzard.” Read the whole article here:  https://web.archive.org/web/19970521145159/http:/www.sourcemaine.com/camcon/downeast.html  

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