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December 2018

“China in Africa: A New Kind of Colonialism?” Paul Holman speaks at Camden Library

December 18 @ 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 Professor Paul Holman at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00 pm. He will discuss "China in Africa: A New Kind of Colonialism?" This event is free and open to all. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, no event has transformed world politics as much as the spectacular rise of China.  Its President Xi Jinping was recently ranked by Forbes Magazine as the most powerful person in the world, and his Belt and Road Initiative will involve massive investments (estimated at $4-8 trillion) for participating countries in Asia, Europe, Oceania, and East Africa.  Xi recently hosted a summit conference in China for some 50 African heads of state, with the goal of fostering solidarity and “win-win cooperation” between equal players. Even so, the Chinese impact on Africa is not well understood.   Many Western leaders have accused Beijing of engineering “debt…

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January 2019

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

January 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vose Library (Union, ME), 392 Common Road
Union, ME 04862 United States
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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 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.…

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“Trouble in Chinese Waters? The Trump Administration and China’s Territorial Disputes”- Kristin Vekasi speaks at the Southwest Harbor Pubic Library

January 12, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Southwest Harbor, 338 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kristin Vekasi at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, January 12 at 1:30pm. This event is free and open to all. Professor Vekasi of the University of Maine will speak on how Chinese domestic politics and American national interests have set a course for potential conflict over the South China Sea. The talk will unpack the complex political and economics conflicts in the region, and discuss policy options to deescalate military tensions and increase peaceful cooperation. 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 Language and Area Studies fellow…

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“Chinese Art through the Eyes of an Art Museum Educator” a talk by Vas Prabhu at the Cushing Library

January 13, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road
Cushing, ME 04563 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Vas Prabhu at the Cushing Library on Sunday, January 13 at 2:00pm. This event is free and open to all. Bronze, clay, porcelain, jade, paper & ink and installation art… Chinese artists have done it all.  Experience a personal journey of China’s artistic accomplishments through ten works of art from the Bronze Age to the present day. The session will conclude with a discussion about current practice. Vas Prabhu is a museum educator who has worked in a variety of art museums with Asian collections, including Cornell University’s art museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and others. Her Asian projects include exhibitions, exchanges with museum colleagues, and interpretation of Yin Yu Tang, a merchant’s home that was moved from rural Anhui Province, China to Salem, MA. She also helped create the audio tour, the accompanying exhibition and interpretation rooms related to the…

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“Living in China, An Architectural Perspective” a talk by J. Brooke Harrington and Judith Bing at the Cushing Library

January 20, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road
Cushing, ME 04563 United States
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The Camden Conference presents J. Brooke Harrington and Judith Bing at the Cushing Public Library on January 20 at 2:00pm. This event is free and open to all. China’s domestic architecture is impressive, from remote village dwellings of the past to imposing urban constructions of the present. In this vast, populous, and ancient country, consistent principals have guided the design of houses from earliest history into the modern era. Nevertheless, regional variations distinguish the modest homes of ordinary people and of the numerous minorities in this dominantly rural country. As China increasingly opened its doors to the outside world its dwelling traditions remained surprisingly intact until radical transformations under Mao. In recent decades, global forces and a changing economy have altered Chinese living environments dramatically. This collaborative presentation will consolidate a vast history with two areas of focus: Brooke Harrington will introduce traditional dwelling environments of selected regions, while Judith…

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February 2019

The Wrong Goodbye for Chinese Hong Kong-talk by author Xu Xi in Rockland

February 7, 2019 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Xu Xi at the Rockland Public Library on February 7 at 7:00 pm for her talk "The Wrong Goodbye for Chinese Hong Kong." This event is free and open to all. In Chinese, goodbye is 再見, meaning “see you again,” but for Hong Kong writer Xu Xi, her birthplace may not be one she can quite “see” again.    Xu will talk about what Hong Kong is and is becoming through the lens of her two most recent books.  As well, she will address the larger question of the shifting balance of superpowers — namely, China and the U.S.A. — that underpin the transnational world of much of her work.  Xu Xi 許素細 is author of five novels, seven collections of short fiction and/or essays, one memoir and editor or co-editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.  Her most recent titles are a novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R 2016), a memoir Dear…

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“Is This China’s Century?” (Discussion Series @ Blue Hill Public Library-Part 1)

February 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road
Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States
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The Blue Hill Public Library will be holding a three session discussion series hosted by former U.S. Diplomat Bob Sargent, in connection with the 32nd annual Camden Conference. The sessions will take place on three dates: Monday, February 11th, Tuesday, February 19th, and Monday, March 4th, all from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The Camden Conference runs from February 22nd to 24th in Camden, between the second and last discussion sessions. The BHPL discussion series is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. This series is designed to help participants achieve optimal benefit from participation in the Camden Conference. In the first two sessions, participants will consider a list of questions deemed relevant and provocative to the theme of the conference, which this year is “Is This China's Century?” In the third session, participants will review and discuss findings and recommendations that surfaced during the Camden Conference. Bob Sargent’s…

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“Is This China’s Century?” (Discussion Series @ Blue Hill Public Library-Part 2)

February 19, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road
Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States
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The Blue Hill Public Library will be holding a three session discussion series hosted by former U.S. Diplomat Bob Sargent, in connection with the 32nd annual Camden Conference. The sessions will take place on three dates: Monday, February 11th, Tuesday, February 19th, and Monday, March 4th, all from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The Camden Conference runs from February 22nd to 24th in Camden, between the second and last discussion sessions. The BHPL discussion series is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. This series is designed to help participants achieve optimal benefit from participation in the Camden Conference. In the first two sessions, participants will consider a list of questions deemed relevant and provocative to the theme of the conference, which this year is “Is This China's Century?” In the third session, participants will review and discuss findings and recommendations that surfaced during the Camden Conference. Bob Sargent’s…

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March 2019

“Is This China’s Century?” (Discussion Series @ Blue Hill Public Library-Part 3)

March 4, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Blue Hill Public Library, 5 Parker Point Road
Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States
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The Blue Hill Public Library will be holding a three session discussion series hosted by former U.S. Diplomat Bob Sargent, in connection with the 32nd annual Camden Conference. The sessions will take place on three dates: Monday, February 11th, Tuesday, February 19th, and Monday, March 4th, all from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. The Camden Conference runs from February 22nd to 24th in Camden, between the second and last discussion sessions. The BHPL discussion series is free, but space is limited, so registration is required. This series is designed to help participants achieve optimal benefit from participation in the Camden Conference. In the first two sessions, participants will consider a list of questions deemed relevant and provocative to the theme of the conference, which this year is “Is This China’s Century?” In the third session, participants will review and discuss findings and recommendations that surfaced during the Camden Conference. Bob Sargent’s diplomatic assignments have…

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