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January 2019

Chinese Education: 20 years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership-talk by Kyle Tong in Union-POSTPONED

January 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vose Library (Union, ME), 392 Common Road
Union, ME 04862 United States
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Please note that tonight’s scheduled community event at the Union Vose Library with Educator Kyle Tong will be postponed due to the inclement weather. The event will be rescheduled to Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. The Camden Conference presents Kyle Tong at the Vose Library in Union on Wednesday, January 9 at 6:30 pm. His talk will be "Chinese Education: 20 Years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership." This event is free and open to all. The past twenty years of education in China has been a period of constant change. There are forces internally and externally that drive these changes. Curriculum serves several masters so some aspects of the educational system are quite progressive while others remain virtually unchanged.  Having worked closely with the one-million-student school system of Hefei for two decades has allowed Tong to have a fairly unique window into the soul of China through the…

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York Public Library Hosts Book Discussion: China’s Evolving Middle Class

January 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd,
York, ME 03909 United States
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One can’t read or listen to the news today without noticing a headline about China. In December, York Public Library featured a program on China and its role as a global superpower. On Wednesday, January 9, a follow-up program and book discussion will explore China as a country experiencing growing pains and the cultural, social, and economic conflicts that arise from such growth. The program will be presented by Edwin H. Pierce, former social studies teacher at Marshwood High School, in conjunction with the Camden Conference 2019. Attendees are encouraged to read beforehand the 2014 book, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China, written by Evan Osnos. The author lived in China for five years as a reporter for The New Yorker, and the book addresses the dualities and dramas continually in motion in modern China. He presents the Chinese Communist Party which, though powerful,…

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“Trouble in Chinese Waters? The Trump Administration and China’s Territorial Disputes”- Kristin Vekasi speaks at the Southwest Harbor Pubic Library

January 12 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Southwest Harbor, 338 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kristin Vekasi at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, January 12 at 1:30pm. 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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“Chinese Art through the Eyes of an Art Museum Educator” a talk by Vas Prabhu at the Cushing Library

January 13 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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“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 @ 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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Chinese Education: 20 years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership-talk by Kyle Tong in Union

January 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vose Library (Union, ME), 392 Common Road
Union, ME 04862 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kyle Tong at the Vose Library in Union on Wednesday, January 23 at 6:30 pm. His talk will be “Chinese Education: 20 Years of Evolution from Catch-up to Leadership.” Rescheduled from January 9, this event is free and open to all. The past twenty years of education in China has been a period of constant change. There are forces internally and externally that drive these changes. Curriculum serves several masters so some aspects of the educational system are quite progressive while others remain virtually unchanged.  Having worked closely with the one-million-student school system of Hefei for two decades has allowed Tong to have a fairly unique window into the soul of China through the education of their young. Tong will talk about the traditional systems, how they have been jerked into the 20th and 21st Centuries, and how simple demographics drive so much in education as…

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“A Touch of Sin”-film screening in Yarmouth

January 23 @ 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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“Living in China, An Architectural Perspective” a talk by J. Brooke Harrington and Judith Bing at the Cushing Library

January 27 @ 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  Sunday, January 27 at 2:00pm. This event is free and open to all. NOTE: This event was re-scheduled due to inclement weather. 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…

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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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

Bowdoin Collects: Chinese Ceramics, Jades, and Paintings

February 1
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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Rarely seen masterpieces from Bowdoin’s collection offer insights into the materials, technologies, and changing tastes that shaped Chinese art over the past five centuries. Selections range from a Ming-dynasty porcelain box and an eighteenth-century jade bowl from the Qianlong Emperor’s personal collection to a recently acquired work by one of modern China’s most revered painters, Chen Yifei. This exhibition runs February 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020. Image: Chinese Covered Box, porcelain, Ming Dynasty, Wangli period, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Tudor Gardiner.

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The Wrong Goodbye for Chinese Hong Kong-talk by author Xu Xi in Rockland

February 7 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Xu Xi at the Rockland Public Library on February 7 at 6:30 pm for her talk "The Wrong Goodbye for Chinese Hong Kong." This event is free and open to all. In Chinese, goodbye is 再見, meaning “see you again,” but for Hong Kong writer Xu Xi, her birthplace may not be one she can quite “see” again.    Xu will talk about what Hong Kong is and is becoming through the lens of her two most recent books.  As well, she will address the larger question of the shifting balance of superpowers — namely, China and the U.S.A. — that underpin the transnational world of much of her work.  Xu Xi 許素細 is author of five novels, seven collections of short fiction and/or essays, one memoir and editor or co-editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English.  Her most recent titles are a novel That Man In Our Lives (C&R 2016), a memoir Dear…

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“Is This China’s Century?” (Discussion Series @ Blue Hill Public Library-Part 1)

February 11 @ 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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Odeon Chamber Orchestra Performs work by Chinese Composer, Chen Yi-POSTPONED TO FEB. 26

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Union Hall, 24 Central Street
Rockport, 04856
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The Camden Conference, in partnership with the Bay Chamber Concerts, is sponsoring a concert by the Odeon Chamber Orchestra at Union Hall in Rockport on February 12 at 6:30 pm. This event was rescheduled from February 12. The evening's performance features a chamber work by Chinese Composer, Chen Yi, accompanied by a short video of the artist discussing her work with commentary by Odeon conductor, Deidre McClure. Also on the program are works by Charles Ives and Edward Elgar. The concert is free and will be followed by a reception with the musicians. As a prolific composer who blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries, Dr. Chen Yi is the recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. She is the Cravens/Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,…

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“Trouble in Chinese Waters?”- Kristin Vekasi at the Witherle Memorial Library CANCELLED

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Witherle Memorial Library, 41 School St.
Castine, ME 04421 United States
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Kristin Vekasi's talk at the Witherle Memorial Library in Castine on February 13 has been CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. 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 at the Harbin Institute of Technology.…

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“To Live”-film screening in Yarmouth

February 13 @ 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 “To Live” at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth on Wednesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to all. "To Live" is a simple title, but it conceals a universe. The film follows the life of one family in China, from the heady days of gambling dens in the 1940s to the austere hardship of the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s. And through all of their fierce struggles with fate, all of the political twists and turns they endure, their hope is basically one summed up by the heroine, a wife who loses wealth and position and children, and who says, "All I ask is a quiet life together." The movie has been directed by Zhang Yimou, the leading Chinese filmmaker right now (although this film offended Beijing and earned him a two-year ban from filmmaking). It…

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“Is This China’s Century?” (Discussion Series @ Blue Hill Public Library-Part 2)

February 19 @ 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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National Sword: The Price of Contaminated Recycling-presented by ecomaine at the Freeport Community Library

February 20 @ 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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Camden Conference speakers on Maine Public’s “Maine Calling”

February 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

On Friday, February 22, Maine Calling on Maine Public Radio will highlight this year’s Camden Conference “Is This China’s Century?” The program airs live 1-2pm and repeats at 8pm. Maine Calling is an interactive program hosted by Jennifer Rooks that “features interesting conversations with interesting people.” Once again this year, the Camden Conference will focus on a timely and compelling topic. The 2019 Camden Conference will explore China as it emerges as a major global power, and faces complex challenges in its domestic economic, social, environmental and political affairs and its relations with Asian neighbors, the United States and the broader international community. Jennifer’s guests will be three speakers from this year’s Conference. Keynote speaker Martin Jacques, author of the global bestseller When China Rules the World: The End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order Yuen Yuen Ang, author of How China Escaped the…

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Odeon Chamber Orchestra Performs work by Chinese Composer, Chen Yi

February 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Union Hall, 24 Central Street
Rockport, 04856
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The Camden Conference, in partnership with the Bay Chamber Concerts, is sponsoring a concert by the Odeon Chamber Orchestra at Union Hall in Rockport on February 26 at 6:30 pm. The evening's performance features a chamber work by Chinese Composer, Chen Yi, accompanied by a short video of the artist discussing her work with commentary by Odeon conductor, Deidre McClure. Also on the program are works by Charles Ives and Edward Elgar. The concert is free and will be followed by a reception with the musicians. As a prolific composer who blends Chinese and Western traditions, transcending cultural and musical boundaries, Dr. Chen Yi is the recipient of the prestigious Charles Ives Living Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. She is the Cravens/Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UMKC Kauffman Award in Faculty Service (2012)…

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March 2019

CIFF presents Cabin Fever (a micro fest)

March 1
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until March 2, 2019

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

Join us for a taste of the Camden International Film Festival experience!  CIFF’s inaugural Cabin Fever film fest will take place March 1 + 2 at the Camden Opera House, and will include 4 brand new feature docs screenings, and a special “best of” their beloved Dirigo Docs shorts program. Camden Conference will co-present Meeting Gorbachev, Werner Herzog’s new film on the life of the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union. This film with be presented on Saturday, March 2 at 1 pm. Here is a link to the film preview. MEETING GORBACHEV: Rising from a farm boy to become President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev brought about changes that helped end the Cold War, toppled the USSR, enabled the reunification of Germany and transformed the world forever. Meeting Gorbachev is a new feature length documentary by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog and Emmy Award winning Director, André…

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CIFF presents Cabin Fever (a micro fest)

March 2
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until March 2, 2019

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

Join us for a taste of the Camden International Film Festival experience!  CIFF’s inaugural Cabin Fever film fest will take place March 1 + 2 at the Camden Opera House, and will include 4 brand new feature docs screenings, and a special “best of” their beloved Dirigo Docs shorts program. Camden Conference will co-present Meeting Gorbachev, Werner Herzog’s new film on the life of the eighth and final President of the Soviet Union. This film with be presented on Saturday, March 2 at 1 pm. Here is a link to the film preview. MEETING GORBACHEV: Rising from a farm boy to become President of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev brought about changes that helped end the Cold War, toppled the USSR, enabled the reunification of Germany and transformed the world forever. Meeting Gorbachev is a new feature length documentary by legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog and Emmy Award winning Director, André…

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“Is This China’s Century?” (Discussion Series @ Blue Hill Public Library-Part 3)

March 4 @ 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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Looking at Chinese Art with Expert Eyes – Bowdoin College Museum of Art

March 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011 United States
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Jenny F. So, Chinese art historian and Adjunct Professor, Department of Fine Arts, University of Hong Kong, guides participants in a consideration of historic Chinese jades, ceramics, and paintings from Bowdoin’s collection, discussing authenticity, quality, and cultural context. This workshop is free and open to all.  This workshop is held in conjunction with the exhibition Bowdoin Collects: Chinese Ceramics, Jades, and Paintings, February 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020.  Image: Chinese Covered Box, porcelain, Ming Dynasty, Wangli period, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Tudor Gardiner.

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April 2019

China Marches West-Seth Singleton at the Bangor Public Library

April 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow St
Bangor, ME 04401 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Seth Singleton at the Bangor Public Library on April 11 at 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to all. teaches international relations at the University of Maine.  He studied Russian history and literature at Harvard and political science at Yale.  He has held grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Kennan Institute, the Fulbright program, and the Open Society Institute and has been academic dean in universities in the US and overseas.   He has lived in Tanzania, Ecuador, Russia, and Vietnam and consulted in China, Mongolia, and Bolivia. Teaching is what he most enjoys, and he appreciates Maine students for their intelligence, curiosity, open-mindedness, ambition, and insistence on making the world a better place. China’s world strategy faces west, across Eurasia. Chinese companies and workers are building roads, railways, bridges, ports, and pipelines in countries from Malaysia and Pakistan to Greece and Croatia. These projects,…

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May 2019

PEACE WORKS: AMERICA’S UNIFYING ROLE IN A TURBULENT WORLD-Ambassador Frederick D. Barton speaks at the Camden Public Library

May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World A Conversation with FREDERICK D. BARTON, facilitated by Matt Storin, Camden Public Library, May 21, 7pm Bosnia, Rwanda, Haiti, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria – a quarter-century of stumbles in America’s pursuit of a more peaceful and just world. American military interventions have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet we rarely manage to enact positive and sustainable change. In Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World, ambassador and global conflict leader Rick Barton uses a mix of stories, history, and analysis for a transformative approach to foreign affairs and offers concrete and attainable solutions for the future. Drawing on his lifetime of experience as a diplomat, foreign policy expert, and State Department advisor, Rick Barton grapples with the fact that the U.S. is strategically positioned and morally obligated to defuse international conflicts, but often inadvertently escalates conflicts…

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August 2019

CIFF Selects: “Mike Wallace Is Here,” co-presented by the Camden Conference

August 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map
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CIFF Selects series continues with a special screening of MIKE WALLACE IS HERE on August 14 at 7pm at the Camden Opera House.  MIKE WALLACE IS HERE offers an unflinching look at the legendary reporter, who interrogated the 20th century’s biggest figures in his over fifty years on air, and his aggressive reporting style and showmanship that redefined what America came to expect from broadcasters. Unearthing decades of never-before-seen footage from the 60 Minutes vault, the film explores what drove and plagued Wallace, whose storied career was entwined with the evolution of journalism itself. MIKE WALLACE IS HERE is co-presented by Camden Conference. Tickets are $10 for adults and can be purchased online or starting one hour before the show at the Camden Opera House box office. All screenings are free for students under the age of 18, or who present a valid college ID. CIFF Selects is a program…

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