2016 Camden Conference

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February 19-21, 2016

The 29th Annual Camden Conference, The New Africa, was presented live from the Camden Opera House, and live-streamed to the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and University of Southern Maine Lee Auditorium in Portland.  Nearly 1000 people attended, including almost 200 students from high schools, colleges and universities across Maine and beyond.

“It was my first time in attendance, but certainly won’t be my last if this is the quality of thought-provoking speakers that the Conference attracts.” — Attendee, Sedgwick, Maine

“Your team produced a memorable and historic Conference, the first of a kind as far as Africa is concerned. I am honored to have been part of it.” — Mvemba Dizolele, Speaker

“I enjoyed the diversity of the speakers, their keen difference of opinion … Thanks for the insights I gained and new friends I met.” — Attendee, Austin, Texas

“The Camden Conference has helped me to find my purpose and to chart my own path.” — Student attendee, Hampshire College

“I took away wonderful lessons in citizenship from the entire Camden community. It is amazing to me that you volunteer your time and resources in this way to be informed and engaged on world issues. It is also wonderful to see how you make this available to the students, giving a tremendous gift to the younger generation. Your choice of speakers was very good and I left having reinforced my personal network of outstanding Africans. I left strengthened, enriched and more determined than ever in my personal mission and my vision for Cameroon. Thank you.” — Kah Walla, Speaker

“Wonderful Conference. I particularly appreciated hearing from authentic voices with a stake in the area.” — Attendee, Centerport, New York

“I gained knowledge from all the speakers and was so honored to have met them all. I was grateful to have gotten a chance to talk to them about my experiences as a refugee, immigrant and African in this country.” — Student attendee, University of New England, Biddeford

“It was a privilege to be involved in that extraordinary event. I don’t think that anybody who was at the Conference could think of Africa in the same way again. Bravissimo to you and your wonderful team of leaders and volunteers. In a dark season, the conference was a reminder of the power of enlightened American engagement in the world.” Larry Pope, Moderator

“This was my first Camden Conference and I’m ready to sign up for the next one.” — Attendee, Montville, Maine