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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 online registration is open now to all!
Peter S. Goodman is the global economics correspondent for The New York Times, based in New York.
Over the course of three decades in journalism, Mr. Goodman has covered some of the most momentous economic transformations and upheavals – the global financial crisis of 2008 and the Great Recession, as the Times’ New York-based national economic correspondent; the emergence of China into a global superpower as the Shanghai bureau chief for The Washington Post; the dot-com bubble as a technology reporter based in Washington. During a five-year stint in London for the Times, he wrote about Brexit, the rise of right-wing populism in Europe, and the catastrophe of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mr. Goodman has reported from more than 40 countries, including stints in conflict zones such as Iraq, Cambodia, Sudan and East Timor.
He has been recognized with some of journalism’s top honors, including two Gerald Loeb awards, and seven prizes from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. His work as part of the Times’ series on the roots of the 2008 financial crisis was a finalist for the Pulitzer.
He is the author two books, the best-selling DAVOS MAN: How the Billionaires Devoured the World (2022), a National Public Radio Best Book of the Year, and PAST DUE: The End of Easy Money and the Renewal of the American Economy (2009), which was named one of Bloomberg’s top 50 business titles.
David Brancaccio is Host and Senior Editor of American Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report. Most recently, his reporting has focused on ecosystems of innovation drawing on the 75th anniversary of the semiconductor revolution. He also covers regulation of financial markets, the role of technology in labor markets, digital privacy, sustainability, and social enterprises. His work has earned some of the highest honors in broadcast journalism, including the Peabody, the Columbia-duPont, the Emmy and the Walter Cronkite awards.
Mr. Brancaccio anchored the award-winning public television news program NOW on PBS until 2010. He is author of Squandering Aimlessly, a book about personal values and money. He is producing a feature-length documentary film about the intersection of art and science focusing on an exiled American rocket pioneer who founded the enduring science and art journal Leonardo. Mr. Brancaccio has degrees from Wesleyan and Stanford Universities. He grew up in Waterville, Maine and attended schools in Madagascar, Ghana and Italy. He enjoys bicycling, rocketry, and photography.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Welcome/Keynote
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
8:45 AM – 12:00 PM Morning session
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch break
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Afternoon session
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
8:45 AM – 11:00 AM Morning session
11:00 AM – 12:15 PM Final speaker panel
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: “Architecture as Expressions of Change: Considering Food and Ukraine”-talk by J. Brooke Harrington and Judith Bing
This presentation explores change: first, in the architectures of granaries
The 2023 Camden Conference, Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence,
“Immigration to America During the Industrial Age, 1800 – 1924”-John Sutherland speaks at the Kennebunk Free Library
“Beyond Supply Chains – America’s Changing Economic and Trade Policy”-Bill Hall at Falmouth Memorial Library-RESCHEDULED
READING & DISCUSSION — THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING: CAPITALISM VS. THE CLIMATE by Naomi Klein (Session #2: Extractivism; Environmentalists & Corporations; Climate Fixes)
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.