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September 2016

Camden Conference is screening supporter of CIFF documentary-PESCATORI DI CORPI (FISHING BODIES)

September 16, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

The film follows the crew of the Alba Angela, a clandestine fishing boat, as their destinies cross path with Ahmed, a refugee who now lives illegally on the boat that, before becoming his home and prison, brought others like him to Sicily. An intimate portrait of indifference in the face of immigration. The screening takes place on Friday, September 16, 12:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House and will include a post-film Q & A with director Michele Pennetta facilitated by Sandra Ruch of the Camden Conference.  Admission is $10.00 or included with the purchase of a CIFF All Access or Festival Pass.  For more information, please visit https://pointsnorthinstitute.org/ciff/. About the Director: Michele Pennetta was born in Varese, Italy, in 1984. He studied at the École cantonale d’art in Lausanne (ECAL) and obtained an MA in film direction in 2010. His graduation film I CANI ABBAIANO (2010) was selected by a…

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Rohingya Refugees: A Decades-Long Crisis in Southeast Asia

September 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Co-founders of Fortify Rights, Matthew and Amy Smith, will speak at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00pm. This event is free and open to all. Refugees and migrants fleeing Myanmar by sea died at a rate three times higher than those in the Mediterranean last year, according to the U.N.’s refugee agency. Most were Rohingya Muslims, an ethnic and religious minority from Myanmar, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse countries. For decades, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled by sea, forced from their homes by deadly coordinated attacks, killings, forced labor, torture and other abuses by Myanmar authorities and extremist-Buddhist nationalists. Since 2012 in particular, human trafficking gangs have preyed on Rohingya fleeing Myanmar. Fortify Rights(www.fortifyrights.org) has been at the forefront of documenting human rights violations against Rohingya in Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia. Co-founders Matthew Smith and Amy Smith—who are based in Bangkok, Thailand,…

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October 2016

Up Close and Personal–A View of the Syrian Refugee Crisis from a Small Greek Island

October 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Harborside resident Kel House will give a presentation, “Up Close and Personal: A View of the Syrian Refugee Crisis from a Small Greek island and What we here in Maine can do to Help,” on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm. at the Camden Public Library. This event is free and open to all. House and his wife Sher spend part of each year on the small Greek island of Symi, which is about the size and population of Deer Isle, and is very close to the coast of Turkey. Like other islands and areas along Europe’s Mediterranean coast, Symi Island has been receiving a seemingly steady stream of dangerously overloaded boats full of Syrian and other refugees on its shores. House will talk about working with a local charity, solidaritysymi.org, on the island formed to aid the refugees, and will tell what it is like to witness the ongoing…

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November 2016

Emerging Markets and Workforce Depends on People from “Away”

November 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Join Tae Chong for a talk on Maine’s emerging markets and emerging workforce depends on people from “away”- Why being neighborly is more important now than ever on Tuesday, November 15, 7-8:30 pm, at the Camden Public Library.  This event is free and open to all. Tae Chong is a business advisor with CEI’s StartSmart Program.  StartSmart is a nationally recognized economic development program that assists immigrants and refugees start and manage their businesses.  Tae has over twenty years experience working with the immigrant and refugee populations in Maine.  He has worked with this population as an educator, advocate, policy maker, social service provider and now as a business advisor.  He has also held leadership positions as co-chair of the refugee advisory council for the state of Maine’s DHHS Department, as a board member of the NAACP, LULAC, and Asian American Heritage Foundation and as board member of University of Southern…

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December 2016

Taking Falafel to a Fourth of July Picnic: A Story of a Refugee

December 20, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Reza Jalali, a writer and an educator, shares his experience of arriving in Portland, Maine as a refugee on December 20 at the Camden Public Library at 7:00pm. It is the universal story of a wide-eyed refugee coming to Maine, the country’s whitest state, awed by the sights and sounds of a new country, and shocked by the cultural differences he experiences in the U.S. but determined to begin a new life to replace the one lost to a revolution and a war in his country of birth, Iran.  This program is free and open to all. Reza Jalali, recognized as one of the eminent ethnic Americans in Making it in America: a sourcebook on eminent ethnic Americans (©2001by Elliott Robert Barkan) and named as one of Maine’s 50 leaders by Maine Magazine in 2016, is a writer, educator, and human rights activist. Jalali has taught at the Bangor Theological…

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January 2017

Strangers at the Gates: The New Tribalism and Resistance to Migration

January 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Public Library hosts Seth Singleton on January 17 at 7:00 p.m. His lecture Strangers at the Gates: The New Tribalism and Resistance to Migration, will address migration in today's political climate. Ethnic nationalism and authoritarian leaders are rising in Europe, the United States, and Asia, propelled by fear of strangers. Is this the end of the international world we have known since 1945, or just a stumble on the march toward globalization?  What will be the effects of increasing migrant and refugee pressure on destination countries, and on those regions where war, violence, lack of jobs, stagnation, and population growth fuel the pressure to leave? At the University of Maine, Seth teaches courses on international security, US foreign policy, Russia, and Africa.  He received his B.A. at Harvard, in Russian History and Literature, and his Ph.D. at Yale, in Political Science.  He has lived in Tanzania, Russia, Ecuador, and…

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CIFF Selects: FIRE AT SEA

January 18, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Camden Conference is pleased to announce January’s CIFF Selects screening of FIRE AT SEA on Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased day of show at the Camden Opera House box office.   The first documentary to ever win the top award at the Berlin International Film Festival, and recently shortlisted for a 2017 Academy Award, FIRE AT SEA takes place in Lampedusa, a once peaceful Mediterranean island that has become a major entry point for African refugees into Europe. There, we meet Samuele, a 12-year-old boy who lives simply, climbing rocks by the shore and playing with his slingshot. Yet nearby we also witness thousands of men, women and children trying to survive the crossing from Africa in boats that are too small for such a journey­. Award-winning filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi masterfully places these realities side by side,…

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11th Tom & Mac Show ~ Camden

January 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:40 pm
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Mark your calendars now! Tom DeMarco and Mac Deford are back with their patented 100-minute history road show, now in its 11th year! Go West Young Man: Settling the American West From Louisiana Purchase into the New Century, will take place Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 20, 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House and Sunday, January 22, 2 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Tom DeMarco is the author of thirteen books (his sci-fi novel Andronescu's Paradox is the most recent) 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 with Merrill Lynch International, mostly in South America and Asia, and is a regular columnist with The…

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February 2017

“THE NEW MAINERS” EXHIBIT OPENING AND GALLERY TALK -New date!

February 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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RESCHEDULED FROM FEBRUARY 1 - NOW SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5 Photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest will exhibit a select collection of his photographs, “The New Mainers,” in the Picker Room at the Camden Public Library throughout the month of February. His exhibit will be a perfect accompaniment to the Camden Conference theme in 2017, “Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis.” There will be an opening reception and gallery talk with the photographer on  SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 at 2:00 pm. Every day we are bombarded with stories of immigration. Controversy aside, immigration is America’s oldest tradition, and along with religious tolerance, what our nation was built upon. The history of immigration in Maine is happening today, and is in constant flux. The exhibit and accompanying book,  New Mainers: Portraits of Our Immigrant Neighbors highlights personal stories of immigration through photographer Jan Pieter van Voorst van Beest’s contemporary portraits. Jan Pieter…

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August 2017

Crisis in Yemen: Lecture and Discussion in Camden

August 25, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Yemen faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. 7 million people are on the verge of starvation, and a child dies every ten minutes of preventable disease. Join Will Picard, executive director of The Yemen Peace Project, at the Camden Public Library on Friday, August  25 at 3:30 pm for a talk on Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe and US foreign policy. This event is free and open to all. The Yemen Peace Project advances peaceful, constructive US policies toward Yemen and provides policymakers and the public with accurate information about Yemeni affairs.  YPP was instrumental in the recent vote to ban arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Will Picard is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Modern Middle East Studies and Southwest Asian Conflict Studies. His senior thesis explored the importance of the Sa‘dah wars in the context of modern Yemeni history. Will first visited Yemen in 1999,…

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September 2017

CIFF film screening on September 17-MAINELAND

September 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

The 13th annual Camden International Film Festival will take place in Camden, Rockport and Rockland, Maine, from September 14 to 17. The weekend will feature screenings of nearly 80 documentary films from both emerging and established filmmakers, most of whom attend the festival for post-screening discussions. MAINELAND will be screened on Sunday, September 17 at 3:00pm at the Camden Opera House. Director Miao Wang will be in attendance. For more information see https://pointsnorthinstitute.org/ciff/films/features/john-marshall-award/maineland/ Over 370,000 students from mainland China are enrolled in American high schools and universities - six times more than a decade ago - with $11.4 billion contributed to the American economy. Filmed over three years, MAINELAND follows two teenagers - fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry - who are part of this enormous wave of “parachute students” from China’s wealthy elite seeking Western-style education and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience.Through their stories, the film observes…

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What is a Journalist?

September 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Public Library will host Matthew Storin on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00pm when he will discuss "What Is a Journalist?" This event is free and open to all. In this time of divisive politics and criticism of national media, what is the meaning of the term journalist?  Not so long ago there were far fewer news outlets and their character and basic principles were less varied.  For better or worse, today there are thousands more sources of information and they exist in many forms. Matt Storin, former editor of The Boston Globe (1993-2001) tackles head on the questions of bias and “fake news,” and will discuss changes in the media landscape over the past decade.  He also will cite the work of major journalistic figures of the past 75 years as examples of legitimate accomplishments as well as scandalous failures.  Among the examples to be cited are Edward…

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October 2017

Is This Our Greatest Crisis Since the Civil War?–Dr. Michael Roskin

October 17, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Maine seasonal resident, Dr. Michael G. Roskin, will give a talk titled  Is This Our Greatest Crisis Since the Civil War?  at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00pm. This presentation is free and open to all. Michael G. Roskin retired in 2008 after 36 years teaching political science at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. He earlier worked as a newsman and Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Information Agency before earning a Ph.D. at American University. In 1991-94 he was a visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College and in 2008-09 a Fulbright professor at the University of Macau, South China. He has authored five political science textbooks. This presentation is hosted by the Camden Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 31st Annual Camden Conference –New World Disorder and America’s Future, February 16-18, 2018.

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November 2017

Diplomacy in the Age of Trump–Laurence E. Pope

November 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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As part of the Community Events program of the Camden Conference, the Camden Public library will host Laurence Pope on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00pm. He will give a talk titled "Diplomacy in the Age of Trump." This event is free and open to all.  Diplomacy is best defined as the business of negotiation between nation states. It requires competent institutions: a non-partisan diplomatic service capable of working across administrations, and a foreign ministry with the skills and experience to manage our complex network of international relationships. After a long decline, in the age of Trump the Foreign Service and the State Department are in ruins. Our national security is in the hands of a triumvirate of generals hardened in war, and they are fighting a rear guard action against their own commander in chief. This unprecedented situation is probably not sustainable for very long. It will pass, perhaps sooner…

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December 2017

Confessions of a Heavy Fossil Fuel User–Bruce Cole

December 19, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Bruce Cole

The Camden Conference Community Events program is pleased to have CC Board President, Bruce Cole, speak at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00pm. His talk is titled Confessions of a Heavy Fossil Fuel User. This event is free and open to all. When a 2013 energy audit of the Cole household in Rockport revealed that the family was producing nearly 44,000 pounds of the global warming gas, carbon dioxide, a year, Bruce Cole began to realize what his personal role in climate change might be. In his talk, Cole will discuss a personal journey to understand the science of burning fossil fuels and the changes to the environment that scientists predict as mankind proceeds on a path to triple or quadruple CO2 atmospheric levels in a handful of human generations. He will also discuss the measures he and his family have taken to reduce their carbon…

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January 2018

The Contribution of Arms Control To a Stable World Order–George and Karin Look

January 16, 2018 @ 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 George and Karin Look at the Camden Public Library on January 16 at 7 p.m. Their talk is entitled "The Contribution of Arms Control to a Stable World Order." This event is free and open to all. States that can learn to talk to each other about difficult issues increase their understanding of each other’s perspective, concerns and capabilities.  This is an essential beginning to the more difficult effort of agreeing to deal with the issues at hand.  Issues of national security, such as controlling or reducing weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical, biological and cyber weapons) and their means of delivery, can be particularly hard to address concretely.  The ability to conduct an ongoing dialog, to increase mutual understanding of the needs and concerns of other states, and, ultimately, to agree on limits or other courses of action related to these weapons reduces the possibility…

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February 2018

People on the Move: A Human Crisis, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and the Internally Displaced

February 2, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Public Library and the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland are pleased to announce a joint effort, a large art show titled “People on the Move: A Human Crisis, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and the Internally Displaced.” The opening reception is at the Jonathan Frost Gallery on February 2 from 5:30pm to 7pm.  Pianist Steve Lindsay will provide live music. At this moment, across the world, over 65 million people are living away from their homes, driven out by political repression, war, famine, and environmental devastation.  A small number of these people, overcoming enormous obstacles, and against all odds, have found their way to Maine.  This show is intended to raise awareness of the global human crisis as well as increase understanding of why the face of Maine has changed in the last decade.  Some of the artists are recently displaced persons themselves; others are not.  All twenty-six participating artists have…

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IMMIGRANT LEGAL ADVOCACY PROJECT – HELPING MAINE’S IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY

February 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Sue Roche, ILAP’s Executive Director, will be speaking at the Camden Public Library on February 8, 2018 at 6:30 pm. She will be talking about Maine’s immigrant community and the challenges they face in our immigration law system, including new immigration policies implemented by the current Administration. The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project helps low-income immigrants improve their legal status and works for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants.

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People on the Move: A Human Crisis, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and the Internally Displaced

February 11, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Public Library and the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland are pleased to announce a joint effort, a large art show titled “People on the Move: A Human Crisis, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and the Internally Displaced.” There will be an Artists’ talk at the Camden Public Library on Sunday, February 11 at 2pm.  Titi De Baccarat, Orson Horchler, Veronica Kaluta, and Wendy Newbold Patterson will talk about their work and what moved them to do it. At this moment, across the world, over 65 million people are living away from their homes, driven out by political repression, war, famine, and environmental devastation.  A small number of these people, overcoming enormous obstacles, and against all odds, have found their way to Maine.  This show is intended to raise awareness of the global human crisis as well as increase understanding of why the face of Maine has changed in the last…

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People on the Move: A Human Crisis, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and the Internally Displaced

February 16, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Public Library and the Jonathan Frost Gallery in Rockland are pleased to announce a joint effort, a large art show titled “People on the Move: A Human Crisis, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and the Internally Displaced.” Reception at the Camden Public Library on Friday, February 16 at 3:30pm to 6pm. At this moment, across the world, over 65 million people are living away from their homes, driven out by political repression, war, famine, and environmental devastation.  A small number of these people, overcoming enormous obstacles, and against all odds, have found their way to Maine.  This show is intended to raise awareness of the global human crisis as well as increase understanding of why the face of Maine has changed in the last decade.  Some of the artists are recently displaced persons themselves; others are not.  All twenty-six participating artists have shown, in their work, what moves them about this…

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May 2018

Ley’ Go: A Film About Students in Liberia-Screening at Strom Auditorium

May 4, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Strom Auditorium, 25 Keelson Dr.
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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Camden Hills and Watershed School Liberian Education Fund chapters are teaming up to host a screening of Ley’Go, a documentary made by LEF to bring awareness to some of the issues surrounding education in Liberia. The screening will be held at the Strom Auditorium at 7:00 pm on May 4th. The documentary captures the stories of four students living in Liberia trying to make their communities and country a better place, while working to break out of their situations in a poverty-stricken post-civil war Liberia. The film was directed and edited by New England filmmakers Jesse Galkowski and Matthew Brady and produced by Maya French and Kim Ouillette. A short discussion/ Q and A will follow. LEF is a student led nonprofit organization with the mission to provide youth in Liberia with educational opportunities by building connections among students from across the world. LEF was founded at Belfast Area High…

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July 2018

Angus King at the Camden Opera House: Experience on the Senate Intelligence Committee and its Investigation of Russian Meddling

July 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map
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At this free event at the Camden Opera House, Senator King will discuss highlights of his work on the Senate Intelligence Committee looking into Russian intrusion into the 2016 election. He will also reflect on the roles of Congressional oversight in general, how it works when it works, and how it doesn't when it doesn't. After the talk, there will be a chance for audience engagement and a Q&A session moderated by Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations director Tom DeMarco.  Event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations. Doors open at 6 pm. Event begins at 7 pm.

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September 2018

Ted Raia talk at the Camden Public Library “Understanding the Far East”

September 18, 2018 @ 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 Ted Raia at the Camden Public Library on September 18 at 7 pm. His talk, "Understanding the Far East," explains how the four major players, who through almost two centuries of wars and intrigue, are responsible for today's Far East. This event is free and open to all.  Ted has traveled in Russia, China, India, Pakistan and nine Middle East countries as well as Afghanistan, where as a volunteer physician in April of 1978, he and his wife, Fil, were detained by the communist overthrow of the government. They retired to Naples, Florida but have been summer residents of Camden, Fil’s home town where they were married, since 1958. He retired in 1997 with the rank of colonel after 26 years of active duty in the US Army Medical Corps.  Ted did his residency in radiology at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and later chaired…

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October 2018

Stephen Harder talk at the Camden Public Library “China’s View of the World – and of America.”

October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME! The Camden Conference presents Stephen Harder at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 pm. His talk “China’s View of the World - and of America” discusses important aspects of Chinese history, culture, economics and politics that shape a Chinese view of the world - and the Chinese view of America. Stephen Harder is an international lawyer and Global Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University in Shanghai.   For 20 years, from 1996 through 2016, he was based in Hong Kong and Shanghai and led the China practice of an international law firm. He has acted as counsel to American, European and Japanese companies investing in China and also as counsel to China’s state owned investment funds and development banks in projects in Russia, South America and Africa. For several years immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, he was based…

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December 2018

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

December 18, 2018 @ 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

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

January 15 @ 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 Tuesday, January 15 at 7 pm. 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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“From Chinese Streets to American Homes: International Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption” talk by Peter Fitzgerald and Allyson MacKenna at Camden Public Library

January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Peter Fitzgerald, Emeritus Professor of Law, and Allyson MacKenna, Executive Director of Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue, at the Camden Public Library on Sunday, January 27 at 2pm. Their talk, "From Chinese Streets to American Homes: International Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption," is free and open to all. In recent years pet ownership in China has increased significantly, due in no small part to the development of a large, urban, middle class. China is now said to have the world’s third largest dog population, estimated at 27+ million animals, and a booming pet and pet-products marketplace. Many - especially younger - Chinese welcome this development. However, the legacy of the Maoist era when pet dogs were viewed as part of a Western lifestyle that was inappropriate for socialist China is still seen in a wide range of conflicting legal and social attitudes towards pet dogs. Accordingly, alongside the increasing number…

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March 2019

CIFF presents Cabin Fever (a micro fest)

March 1
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until March 2, 2019

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

Join us for a taste of the Camden International Film Festival experience!  CIFF’s inaugural Cabin Fever film fest will take place March 1 + 2 at the Camden Opera House, and will include 4 brand new feature docs screenings, and a special “best of” their beloved Dirigo Docs shorts program. Camden Conference will co-present Meeting Gorbachev, Werner Herzog’s new film on the life of the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union. This film with be presented on Saturday, March 2 at 1 pm. Here is a link to the film preview. MEETING GORBACHEV: Rising from a farm boy to become President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev brought about changes that helped end the Cold War, toppled the USSR, enabled the reunification of Germany and transformed the world forever. Meeting Gorbachev is a new feature length documentary by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog and Emmy Award winning Director, André…

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CIFF presents Cabin Fever (a micro fest)

March 2
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until March 2, 2019

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

Join us for a taste of the Camden International Film Festival experience!  CIFF’s inaugural Cabin Fever film fest will take place March 1 + 2 at the Camden Opera House, and will include 4 brand new feature docs screenings, and a special “best of” their beloved Dirigo Docs shorts program. Camden Conference will co-present Meeting Gorbachev, Werner Herzog’s new film on the life of the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union. This film with be presented on Saturday, March 2 at 1 pm. Here is a link to the film preview. MEETING GORBACHEV: Rising from a farm boy to become President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev brought about changes that helped end the Cold War, toppled the USSR, enabled the reunification of Germany and transformed the world forever. Meeting Gorbachev is a new feature length documentary by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog and Emmy Award winning Director, André…

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May 2019

PEACE WORKS: AMERICA’S UNIFYING ROLE IN A TURBULENT WORLD-Ambassador Frederick D. Barton speaks at the Camden Public Library

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World A Conversation with FREDERICK D. BARTON, facilitated by Matt Storin, Camden Public Library, May 21, 7pm Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria – a quarter-century of stumbles in America’s pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future. Drawing on his lifetime of experience as a diplomat, foreign policy expert, and State Department advisor, Rick Barton grapples with the fact that the U.S. is strategically positioned and morally obligated to defuse international conflicts, but often inadvertently escalates conflicts…

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