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October 2019

Film Screening at Rockport Opera House-“Like” and discussion with Catherine Steiner-Adair

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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The Camden Conference presents a screening of the short film "Like" with a Q & A following with Catherine Steiner-Adair on Saturday, October 19 at 2pm at the Rockport Opera House. More than 2 billion people have smartphones today. And we check our phones on average an incredible 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways - but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance, on screens? LIKE reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time. This event is open to all. Donations are appreciated.  Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and author of the award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age…

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“Global Media and the Representation of Women in the News”-Marie Tessier talks at the Belfast Free Library

October 22 @ 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 Marie Tessier at the Belfast Free Library on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm. Marie is a women's engagement evangelist moderating comment to the Opinion pages of NYTimes and contributing to the TakingNote blog. Her ambition is to bring women to equal participation in news comments by the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment. This event is free and open to all. Marie Tessier works at the intersection of democracy, news and interactive media as moderator of reader comment to the Opinion pages of NYTimes.com, where she is an authority on including women's voices. She is writing a book for MIT Press, "Suffragist: Women, the Web and the Future of Democracy," 2019. She was a women's engagement strategist with the Coral Project, a collaborative software development project of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews that is now owned and operated by Vox Media.…

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November 2019

Poets Face Change

November 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road
Cushing, ME 04563 United States
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The Camden Conference presents "Poets Face Change" on Sunday, November 10 at 1pm at the Cushing Library. The program is facilitated by Ellen Goldsmith and is free and open to all. You may wonder how a poetry session illuminates this year’s Camden Conference topic. Perhaps not head-on, but poets explore many of  the questions the media revolution raises. And certainly, poets grapple with the shifts and demands of a changing world and a changing self. By probing beneath the surface, uncovering emotional, psychological and social implications, poems speak to our thoughts and emotions. In this participatory session, ten different people will read and respond to poems from familiar voices like Matthew Arnold and W.S. Auden and from contemporary poets like Naomi Shihab Nye and our current poet laureate Joy Harjo. Ellen Goldsmith’s books include Where to Look, Such Distances and No Pine Tree in This Forest Is Perfect which won…

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Beyond the Great Firewall: Censorship and Politics in Contemporary China-Kristin Vekasi at the Camden Public Library

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kristin Vekasi at the Camden Public Library on November 9 at 7pm. Her talk is titled "Beyond the Great Firewall: Censorship and Politics in Contemporary China". This event is free and open to all.  The Chinese government has a sophisticated censorship regime, where they directly control or manage the the information their citizens can access. This talk explores how information is censored in China, and the implications of censorship for the continued rule of the Chinese Communist Party and China’s foreign relations. Kristin Vekasi is an assistant professor in the department of political science and School of Policy and International Affairs. She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has conducted extensive research and fieldwork across Northeast Asia, particularly in Japan and China. She has been a visiting fellow with the Japan Foundation at Tokyo University, a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University, and a Foreign…

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January 2020

The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV–100 minutes with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco

January 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back for a thirteenth 100-minute History Roadshow for 2020!  Each year they choose as their topic something at least vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s upcoming Camden Conference.  It is informative, humorous and above all entertaining. The show will take place Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.   No advanced registration is necessary, but donations are appreciated. Tom DeMarco is the author of fifteen books (his speculative novel, The One-way Time Traveler, is the latest) and a Principal of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a technology think tank with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.  Mac Deford is a retired Foreign Service officer with service primarily in the Middle East.  He had a subsequent career…

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The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV–100 minutes with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco

January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:40 pm
Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back for a thirteenth 100-minute History Roadshow for 2020!  Each year they choose as their topic something at least vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s upcoming Camden Conference.  It is informative, humorous and above all entertaining. The show will take place Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.   No advanced registration is necessary, but donations are appreciated. Tom DeMarco is the author of fifteen books (his speculative novel, The One-way Time Traveler, is the latest) and a Principal of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a technology think tank with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.  Mac Deford is a retired Foreign Service officer with service primarily in the Middle East.  He had a subsequent career…

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February 2020

2020 Camden Conference-The Media Revolution: Changing the World

February 21, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

In 2020, the Camden Conference will explore the role of the media in global affairs. The Conference will focus on how people in countries around the world get information, how governments and entities in the private sector filter and select what will appear in print or on the Internet, and how the quality and accuracy of information delivered to the public and decision-makers have consequences domestically and internationally. More information coming soon.

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2020 Camden Conference-The Media Revolution: Changing the World

February 22, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

In 2020, the Camden Conference will explore the role of the media in global affairs. The Conference will focus on how people in countries around the world get information, how governments and entities in the private sector filter and select what will appear in print or on the Internet, and how the quality and accuracy of information delivered to the public and decision-makers have consequences domestically and internationally. More information coming soon.

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2020 Camden Conference-The Media Revolution: Changing the World

February 23, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

In 2020, the Camden Conference will explore the role of the media in global affairs. The Conference will focus on how people in countries around the world get information, how governments and entities in the private sector filter and select what will appear in print or on the Internet, and how the quality and accuracy of information delivered to the public and decision-makers have consequences domestically and internationally. More information coming soon.

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