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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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6:30 pm

“The Eagle and the Dragon: U.S. and Chinese Relations in the 21st Century” talk by Matt Ward at the Freeport Public Library

January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive
Freeport, 04032 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Matt Ward at the Freeport Public Library on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30pm. Join us for a crash course in U.S. and Chinese relations. This talk will cover all of the salient issues, similarities, differences, myths, facts and fallacies in the relationship between the two countries. This talk is free and open to the public. Matt Ward is a retired Foreign Service Officer.  He is the former President of the World Affairs Council of Maine and has been an Adjunct Professor at the USM School of Social Work where he taught multicultural social work, and in the Political Science Department where he taught modern Chinese politics.  He currently lectures on international issues and consults on cross-cultural matters. Ward served the United States as a career Foreign Service Officer from 1967 to 1996.  Specializing in economic, developmental and humanitarian issues, Matt served in Vietnam (CORDS), Cambodia, Haiti,...

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

January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vose Library (Union, ME), 392 Common Road
Union, ME 04862 United States
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Please note that tonight’s scheduled community event at the Union Vose Library with Educator Kyle Tong will be postponed due to the inclement weather. The event will be rescheduled to Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. The Camden Conference presents Kyle Tong at the Vose Library in Union on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm. His talk will be "Chinese Education: 20 Years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership." This event is free and open to all. 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.  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...

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7:00 pm

York Public Library Hosts Book Discussion: China’s Evolving Middle Class

January 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd,
York, ME 03909 United States
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One can’t read or listen to the news today without noticing a headline about China. In December, York Public Library featured a program on China and its role as a global superpower. On Wednesday, January 9, a follow-up program and book discussion will explore China as a country experiencing growing pains and the cultural, social, and economic conflicts that arise from such growth. The program will be presented by Edwin H. Pierce, former social studies teacher at Marshwood High School, in conjunction with the Camden Conference 2019. Attendees are encouraged to read beforehand the 2014 book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, written by Evan Osnos. The author lived in China for five years as a reporter for The New Yorker, and the book addresses the dualities and dramas continually in motion in modern China. He presents the Chinese Communist Party which, though powerful,...

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