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October 2019

“Losing Afghanistan”-Nick Mills Speaks at the Rockland Public Library

October 3 @ 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 Nick Mills at the Rockland Public Library at 6:30pm on October 3. His talk is titled "Losing Afghanistan." Since the U.S. ousted the Taliban in 2001 we have spent billions of dollars and lost 2,500 lives, but after nearly 20 years of bloodshed the Taliban seem poised to take over again. What then? This event is free and open to all. Nick B. Mills taught journalism at Boston University for 26 years. In the 1980s he trained dozens of Afghan journalists in Peshawar, Pakistan and founded the Afghan Media Resource Center, a full-service news agency. In 2004 and 2005 he worked in Kabul with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and collaborated with Karzai on a book, "KARZAI - The Failing American Intervention and the Struggle for Afghanistan."      

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Violence, Victims, and Healing: How media handles major tragedies

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hannaford Hall, USM, 88 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04104 United States
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The Camden Conference will present Julie Anderson, Editor-in-Chief for the Sun Sentinel Media Group and Orlando Sentinel Media Group, David Shribman, recently-retired executive editor of The Press Gazette in Pittsburgh, Brian McGrory, editor of The Boston Globe, and our own Peter Imber, former producer for ABC News relating their experiences covering major tragedies. Anderson's South Florida Sun Sentinel was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for public service for its impactful coverage of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Schribman's staff won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Tree of Life massacre, McGrory's staff won a Pulitzer for its coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and Imber directed coverage of Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. The event, moderated by Megan Gray of the Portland Press Herald, will take place at Hannaford Hall, USM, Portland at 7 pm on October 7.

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Covering the Casualties of War: Witnessing the Seeds of Revolt. A foreign correspondent looks back.-Robin Lloyd speaks at the Camden Public Library

October 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 will present Robin Lloyd at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 15 at 7pm.  His talk, “Covering the Casualties of War: Witnessing the Seeds of Revolt. A foreign correspondent looks back” will focus on his exposure to some of the most unsettled and dangerous areas of the world. This event is free and open to all. The talk will focus on what it was like to cover social upheaval and civil wars in the 80s and 90s. He will shed some light on how news is covered in difficult situations by referencing his past experiences around the world. In the 1980s and 1990s he was sent to many of the so-called hot spots of the world. Unlike a newspaper reporter, a television correspondent draws more attention and thus more scrutiny. And one of the first things he learned as a foreign reporter parachuting into a crisis…

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Film Screening at Rockport Opera House-“Like” and discussion with Catherine Steiner-Adair

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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The Camden Conference presents a screening of the short film "Like" with a Q & A following with Catherine Steiner-Adair on Saturday, October 19 at 2pm at the Rockport Opera House. More than 2 billion people have smartphones today. And we check our phones on average an incredible 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways - but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance, on screens? LIKE reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time. This event is open to all. Donations are appreciated.  Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and author of the award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age…

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“How Global Media are Fixing the Representation of Women in the News”-Marie Tessier talks at the Belfast Free Library

October 22 @ 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 Marie Tessier at the Belfast Free Library on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm. Marie is a women's engagement evangelist moderating comment to the Opinion pages of NYTimes and contributing to the TakingNote blog. Her ambition is to bring women to equal participation in news comments by the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment. This event is free and open to all. Marie Tessier works at the intersection of democracy, news and interactive media as moderator of reader comment to the Opinion pages of NYTimes.com, where she is an authority on including women's voices. She is writing a book for MIT Press, "Suffragist: Women, the Web and the Future of Democracy," 2019. She was a women's engagement strategist with the Coral Project, a collaborative software development project of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews that is now owned and operated by Vox Media.…

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January 2020

The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV–100 minutes with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco

January 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:40 pm
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back for a thirteenth 100-minute History Roadshow for 2020!  Each year they choose as their topic something at least vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s upcoming Camden Conference.  It is informative, humorous and above all entertaining. The show will take place Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.   No advanced registration is necessary, but donations are appreciated. Tom DeMarco is the author of fifteen books (his speculative novel, The One-way Time Traveler, is the latest) 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…

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The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV–100 minutes with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco

January 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back for a thirteenth 100-minute History Roadshow for 2020!  Each year they choose as their topic something at least vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s upcoming Camden Conference.  It is informative, humorous and above all entertaining. The show will take place Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.   No advanced registration is necessary, but donations are appreciated. Tom DeMarco is the author of fifteen books (his speculative novel, The One-way Time Traveler, is the latest) 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…

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The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV–100 minutes with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco

January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:40 pm
Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back for a thirteenth 100-minute History Roadshow for 2020!  Each year they choose as their topic something at least vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s upcoming Camden Conference.  It is informative, humorous and above all entertaining. The show will take place Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.   No advanced registration is necessary, but donations are appreciated. Tom DeMarco is the author of fifteen books (his speculative novel, The One-way Time Traveler, is the latest) 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…

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February 2020

2020 Camden Conference-The Media Revolution: Changing the World

February 21, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

In 2020, the Camden Conference will explore the role of the media in global affairs. The Conference will focus on how people in countries around the world get information, how governments and entities in the private sector filter and select what will appear in print or on the Internet, and how the quality and accuracy of information delivered to the public and decision-makers have consequences domestically and internationally. More information coming soon.

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2020 Camden Conference-The Media Revolution: Changing the World

February 22, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

In 2020, the Camden Conference will explore the role of the media in global affairs. The Conference will focus on how people in countries around the world get information, how governments and entities in the private sector filter and select what will appear in print or on the Internet, and how the quality and accuracy of information delivered to the public and decision-makers have consequences domestically and internationally. More information coming soon.

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2020 Camden Conference-The Media Revolution: Changing the World

February 23, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

In 2020, the Camden Conference will explore the role of the media in global affairs. The Conference will focus on how people in countries around the world get information, how governments and entities in the private sector filter and select what will appear in print or on the Internet, and how the quality and accuracy of information delivered to the public and decision-makers have consequences domestically and internationally. More information coming soon.

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