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October 2018

Michael Roskin speaks at the Rockland Public Library “China’s Century? Not So Fast”

October 4 @ 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 Michael Roskin at the Rockland Public Library at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 4. His talk will be "China's Century? Not So Fast." This event is free and open to all. China's "S-Curve" is starting to kick in, argues Michael Roskin, a retired professor of political science living in Rockland. An elongated "S" charts economic growth generally: awakening, rapid growth, then leveling off. China seems to be heading into this third phase with problems in banking, investment, debt and capital flight, all amid overseas expansion and a crackdown on dissent. Roskin has visited and lectured in China but worries that the deterioration of U.S.-China relations could escalate. Great care and patience will be necessary to avoid conflict, he argues. This may not be China's century, but it is our biggest problem. Michael Roskin, a political scientist, is a 1960 Berkeley graduate who worked as a newspaperman in…

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China Town Hall featuring Condoleezza Rice (webcast) and Eliot Cutler

October 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Luther Bonney Hall, USM, 96 Falmouth Street
Portland, 04103 United States
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The World Affairs Council of Maine, in collaboration with Camden Conference and the National Committee on U.S. China Relations, is pleased to present the twelfth annual CHINA Town Hall. The program will take place on Tuesday, October 9, at 6pm at the Talbot Hall in Luther Bonney, USM, Portland, and features Condoleezza Rice, former secretary of state and national security advisor, as the national webcast speaker, followed by an in-person presentation by Eliot Cutler, titled, "Slipping the Noose: How the U.S and China Could Evade the Thucydides Trap." Free and open to the public. Suggested donation of $15 to support the programming of the World Affairs Council of Maine. Please register in advance here to ensure a seat. Condoleezza Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, and…

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The Chinese Exclusion Act-American Experience film in Belfast

October 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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The Camden Conference presents the PBS American Experience film "The Chinese Exclusion Act" on Tuesday, October 9 at the Belfast Free Library at 6:30pm. The documentary was directed by Ric Burns and his longtime collaborator Li-Shin Yu (who was an editor on the 2003 PBS series “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience,” which covered some of the same ground). The film is centered on the 1882 act of the title, the first American law to restrict the immigration of a particular ethnic group and ban its members from citizenship. This event is free and open to all. From a New York Times review of the film, May 28, 2018:  "The filmmakers and their cast of mostly Asian-American historians frame the Exclusion Act as part of a long national narrative of racism, xenophobia, predatory capitalism and political calculation. The China trade and the Opium Wars, the Civil War and the collapse of Reconstruction, and…

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

October 23 @ 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 Stephen Harder at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 23 at 7 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 in Brussels, Warsaw and…

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China-Maine trade: What’s at stake? –a panel discussion at USM

October 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Hannaford Hall, USM, 88 Bedford Street
Portland, ME 04104 United States
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Maine’s trading relationship with China has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. Much of that has been fueled by a growing Chinese middle class clamoring for lobster.  New tariffs and trade agreements, however, could temper that growth.  And by extension, foreign investment and even recruitment of Chinese students by Maine schools could be affected. Join us to explore how this trade can affect the economy of Maine.  Learn from the firsthand experience of Mainers involved in or advising on this fast-moving and multi-faceted scene. Presented by the Camden Conference and Maine International Trade Center, the panel will be moderated by Carol Coultas, business editor of Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, partners for the event, along with the University of Southern Maine. Panelists are:  Wade Merritt, president of MITC; Joseph W. McDonnell professor of public policy and management at the Muskie School of Public Service at USM; Brian McNamara, president and CEO…

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November 2018

“From Alaska to China and Back”-Frank O’Hara, Jr. at the Rockland Public Library

November 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference will present Frank O'Hara, Jr. at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 pm where he will discuss the commercial fishing business in his talk "From Alaska to China and Back." This event is free and open to all.  In 2015, The Free Press printed a feature article on the O'Hara fishing dynasty. The following is an excerpt from the article: Frank Jr.’s great-grandfather started the fishing family dynasty in 1904 when he launched a Gloucester sailing vessel, the Francis J. O’Hara, Jr., which fished for cod, haddock, and halibut off of Georges Bank until it was sunk by a German U-boat in 1918.  The vessel’s namesake got a $5,000 family loan to start his own business: the Atlantic and Pacific Seafood Company in Boston. That was the first real step towards becoming the O’Hara Corporation. READ MORE O'Hara will discuss the timeline of growth…

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A Glance Into China Through Poetry

November 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road
Cushing, ME 04563 United States
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A poetry reading will take place at the Cushing Public Library on Sunday, November 11 at 2 pm. The reading will be facilitated by Ellen Goldsmith and the event is free is open to all. Poetry opens doors into the personal, social, political and psychological fabric of a country, its particular concerns as well as universal themes. Chinese poetry has a 3,000 year history. Our glance will focus on contemporary Chinese poetry which is enjoying a Silver Age according to Ming Di, editor and translator. In this participatory session, ten participants will read and respond to poems from well regarded Chinese poets. Attendees will have opportunities to respond to the poems as well. Ellen Goldsmith is the author of three poetry collections, Where to Look, Such Distances and No Pine Tree in This Forest Is Perfect which won the Slapering Hol Chapbook Prize. She teaches poetry for Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance, the 5-Towns…

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