Free or low cost Community Events and college courses are intended to provide background on the yearly topic and to touch on areas related to the February Conference that may not be covered in its three-day format. The views of our presenters are their own and may not represent those of the Camden Conference.
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6:00 pm

Chinese Education: 20 years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership-talk by Kyle Tong in Kennebunk

December 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 United States
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The past twenty years of education in China has been a period of constant change. There are forces internally and externally that drive these changes. Curriculum serves several masters so some aspects of the educational system are quite progressive while others remain virtually unchanged. Join presenter Kyle Tong at the Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, December 11 at 6:00 to learn about the Chinese educational system. Having worked closely with the one-million-student school system of Hefei for two decades has allowed Tong to have a fairly unique window into the soul of China through the education of their young. Tong will talk about the traditional systems, how they have been jerked into the 20th and 21st Centuries, and how simple demographics drive so much in education as well as societal thinking. He will attempt to get beyond the stereotypes and delve deeper into the mind of the Middle Kingdom. Kyle...

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6:30 pm

“Maine in the China Trade” talk by Cipperly Good at the Belfast Free Library

December 11, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Cipperly Good, Curator and Collections Manager of the Penobscot Marine Museum, at the Belfast Free Library on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm. Her talk is titled "Maine in the China Trade." This event is free and open to all. Drugs, armed conflict, and free trade.  Sound familiar?  The First Opium War of the early 1840s, with British and Chinese fighting over the opium trade and Chinese sovereignty,  opened up Chinese ports to the world.  Maine's merchant mariners aboard Maine-built ships soon thereafter entered the Chinese import and export trade.  The trade aboard Maine-built ships lasted into the turn of the 20th Century.  In the meantime, Maine sea captains and their families brought back souvenirs, stories, and an economic understanding of China.  This talk will use objects, photographs, and archives from Penobscot Marine Museum's collections to provide a historical context to the 32nd Annual Camden Conference's leading...

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