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February 2016

Photos of East Africa on Display during February

February 1 @ 8:00 am - February 29 @ 5:00 pm
Camden Public Library,
55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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To accompany the Camden Conference theme “The New Africa,” Cindy Beams will exhibit color and B&W images of East Africans in the Picker Room of the Camden Public Library throughout the month of February. Beams is a documentary and fine-art photographer who has spent much of the last ten years working with education-related NGOs in the developing world. These images are drawn from her long-term involvement with Orkeeswa Secondary School, a partner of Groton School’s global education initiative. Orkeeswa School currently enrolls 225 students from under-served Maasai communities in the Monduli hills of northern Tanzania.   Cindy Beams divides her time between New York City and Camden, “where I am currently making work focused on both ends of the lifespan – childhood and aging,” she said. “A major reason for ‘retiring’ in Camden is its proximity to the Maine Media Workshops. In the summer of 2008, I casually signed up…

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The New Africa (Discussion Series@Blue Hill Public Library)

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Blue Hill Public Library,
5 Parker Point Road
Blue Hill, ME 04614 United States
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Blue Hill Public Library will be holding a three session discussion series in connection with the 29th annual Camden Conference (February 19th to 21st in Camden). The theme of the conference is “The New Africa.” The Blue Hill Library discussion sessions are free, and will take place on three Mondays, February 8th and 15th, and 29th, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Library. This series is designed to help participants achieve optimal benefit from participation in the Camden Conference. The sessions will be moderated by Bob Sargent, a former U.S. diplomat whose overseas assignments included Belgium, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Turkey and Vietnam. Mr. Sargent is a former member of the Camden Conference Board of Directors and Advisory Board and a three-time conference program chair. The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues. In…

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Gallery Conversation – Historian David Gordon

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bowdoin College Museum of Art,
9400 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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David Gordon, Bowdoin College professor of history, discusses the significance of selected objects from central Africa within their original cultural and religious contexts. Gordon is the author of Invisible Agents: Spirits in a Central African History (2012). Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa. This presentation is hosted by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and offered as a free community event by the Camden Conference and World Affairs Council of Maine in anticipation of the 29th Annual Camden Conference: The New Africa, February 19-21, 2016. Free and open to the public.  

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Book discussion, “Cutting for Stone,” by Abraham Verghese

February 18 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Kennebunk Free Library,
112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 United States
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The Kennebunk Free Library is hosting a discussion of the book Cutting for Stone, by Ethiopian-born medical doctor and author Abraham Verghese on Thursday, February 18 at 2pm. This event is free and open to all. According to the website Goodreads, this book is "a sweeping, emotionally riveting first novel — an enthralling family saga of Africa and America, doctors and patients, exile and home." Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics — their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of…

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29th Camden Conference: “The New Africa”

February 19 @ 8:00 pm - February 21 @ 12:30 pm
Camden Opera House,
Camden, ME United States
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29th Annual Camden Conference The New Africa February 19-21, 2016 Africa is home to the world's poorest nations, but also has a dozen economies that maintained 7% growth rates over the last decade. Africa is the last major frontier for resource development, while simultaneously struggling with some of the world's oldest, most corrupt and filthiest oil and mining ventures. While Africa suffers from ethnic and religious violence and poverty, it is blessed with rich and creative cultures and vibrant civil societies. These are only a few of the contradictions and conundrums that will frame the 2016 Camden Conference on the theme of Africa, a massive and often mysterious continent. On the economic front, the reasons many countries are making impressive advances include stabilization after years of civil war, more effective economic management, transformation to open market economies, and improved governance. Elsewhere, poverty is sustained by corruption and grievous economic mismanagement…

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Africa Schoolhouse: Shaping Education Literally and Metaphorically in Tanzania

February 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Bowdoin College Museum of Art,
9400 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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Aimee Bessire, visiting associate professor, art and visual culture, Bates College, and Mark Bessire, Director, Portland Museum of Art, discuss the founding of Africa Schoolhouse, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing quality education to rural villages in Northern Tanzania, and the impact of African art in the United States. They will be joined by architects Pamela W. Hawkes and T. Scott Teas, of Scattergood Design, who have worked with the Bessires on the construction of the first girls' boarding school in rural Misungwi District, providing a safe educational environment through sustainable architecture. Presented in conjunction the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. This presentation is hosted by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and offered as a free community event by the Camden Conference and World Affairs Council of Maine in anticipation of the 29th Annual Camden Conference: The New Africa, February…

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March 2016

ELIZA SQUIBB AND “STORY CLOTH” IN MALI

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Camden Public Library,
55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Camden native Eliza Squibb will present a talk on the novel efforts of the GAIA Vaccine Foundation to use clothing and cloth designs to tell stories about health in the West African nation of Mali. The talk will be at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday evening, March 1, at 7:00 pm. GAIA Vaccine Foundation is a small non-profit headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. GAIA’s mission is to fight infectious diseases that disproportionately affect the underserved in Africa, and to promote the development of globally relevant, globally accessible vaccines that can be distributed on a not-for-profit basis in the developing world. GAIA’s activities are centered on four themes: Education, Prevention, Access to care, and Vaccination. Through active, ongoing collaboration with West African physicians and scientists, support for prevention-related clinical activities, educational programs, GAIA strives to bring accessible health care to community-run clinics. Eliza Squibb, a graduate of the Rhode Island…

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