THE CAMDEN CONFERENCE‘s mission is to foster “informed discourse on world issues.” We do this by means of our February conference, our community events at libraries during the autumn and winter, and our student education programs in high schools, colleges, and universities around Maine. Learn more >
Global Trade and Politics:
February 17-19, 2023
Live from the Camden Opera House, the 36th Camden Conference will highlight the importance of global commerce and how it impacts our everyday lives. Speakers will explore alternative ways in which the interdependence of commerce, global politics and national security could be successfully managed for both competition and cooperation.
Camden Conference Member Online Registration is open now! Public Registration will begin in December 5, 2022.
Baldwin, Richard. The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalization. Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press, 2019. (344 pages)
The new globalization is driven by knowledge crossing borders, not just goods, and its impact is more sudden, more individual, more unpredictable and less controllable; presents challenges to nations as they struggle to maintain reliable growth and social cohesion.
Bernanke, Ben S. 21st Century Monetary Policy: The Federal Reserve from the Great Inflation to COVID-19. W. W. Norton & Company, 2022. (512 pages)
An explanation of the Federal Reserve’s evolution and speculation about its future.
Bigelow, Bill and Bob Peterson. Rethinking Globalization: Teaching for Justice in an Unjust World. Rethinking Schools Press, 2002. (402 pages).
Globalization and the social justice issues that are embedded in it, such as child labor, sweatshops, global warming, etc.
WATCH: “Maine’s Exporting Future Heats Up With Cold-Storage”-panel discussion at Hannaford Hall, USM
Prospects for a major expansion of Maine’s role in the
WATCH: “The Trends and Outlooks for Maine’s Workforce and Economy” a talk by Maine State Economist, Amanda Rector
Rector discussed recent trends in Maine’s demographics, workforce, and economic conditions.
“Maine’s energy scene: Local aspirations clash with global markets”-Tux Turkel at Falmouth Memorial Library
“Challenging Times for Local Builders: Managing Supply and Labor Shortages in the Midcoast”-talk by Daniel Waldron at the Belfast Free Library
The weekend couldn't have been better planned or managed. What a rich and charming experience it was.
….the speakers were all first-rate and were all lovely individuals, and Indira Lakshmanan was everything you could ask for in a moderator. The venue, the peripheral events, the flow of the programming, the questions we got from the audience – all of it was a delight. I think the format, especially, is something I might want to draw on for other conferences I'm involved in… In short, I've been to many, many conferences as this certainly rates as among the very best.
What a phenomenal and timely program. Every speaker and every panel hit it out of the park. While we were reviewing how much my wife and I learned over the weekend, I realized that the speakers themselves very likely learned or developed new ideas themselves. And since they have a far larger impact on the events of the day, their experience from the weekend may have even more value than ours. Thank you to the Camden Conference. Five stars to the Camden Conference organization.
I was impressed by the skills, background and range of speakers … I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend such a conference.
I found this year’s Camden Conference to be absolutely amazing. For me, it was … one continuous increasingly gratifying experience from beginning to end. The panel members were all extremely knowledgeable in their areas of expertise. They were articulate and they all were extremely insightful. They truly were committed to helping all of us become better informed about this chaotic world we live in. The panel represented such a wonderful degree of diversity. More importantly is the fact that such diversity could have differing opinions and find common ground.
I found this the most relevant and meaningful Conference I’ve attended (and I’ve attended a lot). A wonderful, stimulating event in mid-winter Maine. I plan to attend the Conference annually.” Conference attendee
“The audience was very engaged, the questions were excellent, and it was very stimulating to hear people with diverse opinions debate with each other.
Camden is the next Davos!
Thank you again for inviting me to the Camden Conference, which was truly a wonderful experience. As I have told colleagues and friends everywhere, it was one of the best organized and best attended conferences I have ever spoken at. It was also, even more importantly, one of the most interesting. What a great cast of speakers. Please call upon me again if you think I will fit the topic of a future conference.
The conference, in my opinion was as good as I could hope for. It was wonderful. Such a terrific and credentialed and scholarly faculty. It was tremendous. And I learned a huge amount. I might not be so stupid when I hear talk about immigration and consider inserting my “two cents worth” - Thank you for a wonderful educational experience. Learning never hurts
…The Camden Conference just might be the best conference of its type in the United States.