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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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January 2019

“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, 2019 @ 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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“From Chinese Streets to American Homes: International Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption” talk by Peter Fitzgerald and Allyson MacKenna at the Kennebunk Free Library

January 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 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 Kennebunk Free Library on Tuesday, January 22 at 6:00pm. 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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“A Touch of Sin”-film screening in Yarmouth

January 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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The Camden Conference presents a screening of the film "A Touch of Sin" at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth on Wednesday, January 23 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to all. A "brilliant exploration of violence and corruption in contemporary China" (Jon Frosch, The Atlantic), A TOUCH OF SIN was inspired by four shocking (and true) events that forced the world's fastest growing economy into a period of self-examination. Written and directed by master filmmaker Jia Zhangke (The World, Still Life), "one of the best and most important directors in the world" (Richard Brody, The New Yorker), this daring, poetic and grand-scale film focuses on four characters, each living in different provinces, who are driven to violent ends. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a…

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“The China Hustle” film at Freeport Public Library

January 30, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive
Freeport, 04032 United States
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The Camden Conference presents "The China Hustle" at the Freeport Public Library on Wednesday, January 30 at 5:30pm. From the producers of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room comes a Wall Street heist story about a still-unfolding financial crime so big, it has the power to affect all of our wallets. Investors on the fringes of the financial world feverishly seek new alternatives for high-return investments in the global markets, and have found a goldmine in China. But when one investor discovers a massive web of fraud, everything else is called into question. Jed Rothstein's documentary rings the alarm on the need for transparency in an increasingly deregulated financial world by following those working to uncover the biggest heist you've never heard of. Forbes deemed The China Hustle as “the most important film of 2018.” This film is 1 hour 22 minutes long and is rated R. This event is free…

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“Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane”-book discussion at Merrill Memorial Library

January 31, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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The Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth is hosting a discussion of the book "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See on Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 pm.  The discussion group is free and open to the public. This event is in advance of the 32nd Annual Camden Conference Is This China's Century?, February 22-24, 2019. 

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February 2019

National Sword: The Price of Contaminated Recycling-presented by ecomaine at the Freeport Community Library

February 20, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive
Freeport, 04032 United States
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The Camden Conference announces a talk presented by ecomaine titled “National Sword: The Price of Contaminated Recycling.” This talk will be held at Freeport Community Library on Wednesday, February 20 from 6:30-7:30PM. In 2017, China enacted its “National Sword” policy, effectively banning the import of recyclable materials from across the globe. Once the world’s leading importer of these materials, China has sent shockwaves through the recycling and waste management industry. Maine’s leading recycler, ecomaine, will present on how we got here, what’s happening now, and the future of waste management, from Augusta to Zhuhai and beyond. This event is free and open to the public.

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