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November 2018

“Sacred Landscapes: Healing the Land”-Ted Carter, Calen & Jini Rayne at Scarborough Public Library

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
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The Scarborough Public Library in partnership with the Camden Conference will explore ancient Chinese techniques for bringing ourselves into harmony with our surroundings. With over 100 years of collective experience, special guests Jini and Calen Rayne and Ted Carter will focus on how information related to traditional feng shui, geomancy, and landscape design can better situate us in our fast-paced mobile society. They will speak on Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to all. Jini will discuss the role and importance of feng shui in Chinese culture, and will offer a few examples of basic feng shui principles that participants can apply for themselves. Calen will discuss aspects of geomancy and working with earth energies as practiced in ancient China. Ted will explain how he uses this information to formulate a landscape design in harmony with the land, drawing from his work with archetypes and…

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“China Marches West” talk by Seth Singleton at the Belfast Free Library

November 14 @ 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 Seth Singleton at the Belfast Free Library on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30pm. His  talk, "China Marches West," is free and open to all. Several times in its long history a powerful China has marched west into the inner Asian deserts and mountains, toward Persia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Europe.  Today a wealthy and powerful China is marching west again. The Belt and Road initiative sends Chinese companies and workers to build roads, railways, bridges, ports and pipelines in countries from Tajikistan and Pakistan to Croatia and Greece. These projects, financed with Chinese loans, are designed to bring resources to China, expand markets for Chinese goods, and establish China’s primacy across Eurasia. The Belt and Road projects begin in China’s western province of Xinjiang, homeland of the Turkic Muslim Uyghurs. Uyghurs have resisted Han colonization with riots and occasional violence. China links the Uyghur…

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Film Series “Is This China’s Century?” #2-Waiting for the Sun

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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The Camden Conference and Rockport Public Library are pleased to present a Film Series: Is this China's Century?, in connection with the 32nd Camden Conference, which will focus on the same theme.  The series will take place over two Saturdays; November 10, and 17, at the Rockport Opera House.  The screenings are free and open to all. The first film in the series, The China Hustle, will be shown on Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m. 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…

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Susan A. Thornton at the Scarborough Public Library “Meeting the Challenge of a Rising China”

November 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
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Our final program in the Camden Conference series will feature Susan A. Thornton, foreign policy leader and expert on U.S. foreign relations on the Eurasian continent. Susan will bring her 28-year career as a diplomat for the U.S. Department of State, including Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, to her discussion of China’s rise and its effects on American diplomacy. Susan will speak on Sunday, November 18 at 2pm. Prior to her departure, Susan led East Asia policy making amid crises with North Korea, escalating trade tensions with China and a generally deteriorating environment in the U.S. for international economic and diplomatic engagement. Thornton was the architect of the diplomatic pressure campaign on the North Korean regime, structured the administration’s initial approach to China and developed the administration’s trademark Indo-Pacific Strategy.

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December 2018

“Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict” talk by John Doughty in Falmouth

December 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lunt Auditorium, Ocean View, 74 Lunt Rd.
Falmouth, ME 04105 United States
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  The Camden Conference presents John Doughty at the Lunt Auditorium, Ocean View, Falmouth, on Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30pm. His talk is titled “Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict.” This event is free and open to all. Sino-U.S. relations are approaching a low point.  With tensions building on the trade front and the increased risk of a confrontation in the South China sea, will Thucydides’ trap be sprung?  Can the world’s two super powers move forward peacefully?  We will examine five key historical events in China’s past which may provide a guidepost for future economic and military relations between the two countries.  Further, we will discuss the ongoing trade war between China and the U.S. as well as Chinese military developments.  As America increasingly looks inward, the probability of Chinese efforts to cement their position as a global economic and military leader has risen.  Will…

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Talk and Tour: Ai Weiwei, international artist-gallery talk at the Farnsworth Art Museum

December 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Farnsworth Art Museum, 16 Museum St.
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference in collaboration with the Farnsworth Art Museum, presents an introduction to the exhibition, Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold on Wednesday, December 5 at 2:00 pm. Learn about internationally renowned artist and filmmaker, Ai Weiwei. Born in China, educated in China and USA, now living in Germany, Ai’s artwork and other projects are world renowned. In Circle of Animals, the year 1860 was critical to socio-political change in China and indeed around the world. How these events affected the people of China, the Chinese government, the art world and Ai’s life is the story behind the exhibition Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold. The talk will introduce the subjects; the tour will invite participants’ thoughts and reactions. The speaker and tour guide will be Judy Bing, Farnsworth docent and professor emeritus, Drexel University. 

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“Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict” talk by John Doughty at the Rockland Public Library

December 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference presents John Doughty at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, December 6 at 6:30pm. His talk is titled "Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict." Sino-U.S. relations are approaching a low point.  With tensions building on the trade front and the increased risk of a confrontation in the South China sea, will Thucydides’ trap be sprung?  Can the world’s two super powers move forward peacefully?  We will examine five key historical events in China’s past which may provide a guidepost for future economic and military relations between the two countries.  Further, we will discuss the ongoing trade war between China and the U.S. as well as Chinese military developments.  As America increasingly looks inward, the probability of Chinese efforts to cement their position as a global economic and military leader has risen.  Will America pivot to meet this challenge?  The answer to this question…

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“Maine in the China Trade” talk by Cipperly Good at the Belfast Free Library

December 11 @ 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 Cipperly Good, Curator and Collections Manager of the Penobscot Marine Museum, at the Belfast Free Library on Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30pm. Her talk is titled "Maine in the China Trade." This event is free and open to all. Drugs, armed conflict, and free trade.  Sound familiar?  The First Opium War of the early 1840s, with British and Chinese fighting over the opium trade and Chinese sovereignty,  opened up Chinese ports to the world.  Maine's merchant mariners aboard Maine-built ships soon thereafter entered the Chinese import and export trade.  The trade aboard Maine-built ships lasted into the turn of the 20th Century.  In the meantime, Maine sea captains and their families brought back souvenirs, stories, and an economic understanding of China.  This talk will use objects, photographs, and archives from Penobscot Marine Museum's collections to provide a historical context to the 32nd Annual Camden Conference's leading…

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“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

“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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“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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“From Chinese Streets to American Homes: International Golden Retriever Rescue and Adoption” talk by Peter Fitzgerald and Allyson MacKenna at Falmouth Memorial Library

January 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road
Falmouth, ME 04105 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 Falmouth Memorial Library on Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30pm. 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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“Trouble in Chinese Waters? The Trump Administration and China’s Territorial Disputes”- Kristin Vekasi speaks at the Camden Public Library

January 15, 2019 @ 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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“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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“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, 2019 @ 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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“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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February 2019

“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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