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CAMDEN CONFERENCE IN THE WORLD: What past speakers and participants are doing and saying

The Camden Conference is more than a weekend conference every February in Midcoast Maine, as amazing as that weekend may be. The people in that community play active and important roles in the world year-round, and as a global community, we want to keep track of and, where feasible and desirable, support each other in those roles.   Here are links to a few of the recent comings, goings and writings of members of our extended community:   Popular past Camden Conference moderator Nicolas Burns was named one of four New Englanders of the Year in 2016 by the New England Council. The former senior diplomat and professor of diplomacy at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government won this coveted award along with GE Chief Executive Jeff Immelt, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and 5,000-meter 2016 summer Olympics runner Abbey d’Agostino. Congratulations Nick!   Calestous Juma, a star of…

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From the Archives-DownEast magazine article about Camden Conference

In recognition of our 30 year anniversary, we are revisiting words written about the Camden Conference through the years. In 1996, DownEast magazine featured an article called “The Talk of Camden: A Midwinter Marvel.” From the article:  Despite the first conference’s relative success, there was widespread doubt in Camden that future seminars would find much of an audience or many top-flight speakers willing to make their way to the coast of Maine in midwinter. “I thought it was the damnedest fool thing I’d ever heard of,” admits James Brown, a retired New York Times editorial writer and journalist who went on to become a member of the Camden Conference board, “getting all these bigwigs to come to Camden on the first weekend in February, when there’s a fifty-fifty chance of a blizzard.” Read the whole article here:  https://web.archive.org/web/19970521145159/http:/www.sourcemaine.com/camcon/downeast.html  

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Local Immigrants Win Scholarships To Global Issues Conference

A group of Portland-area immigrants has just gained free access to an educational experience uniquely apt for them. Through a grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to the Camden Conference, 20 Portland-area English-speaking immigrant students and adults will be awarded full scholarships to the Conference’s live-streaming venue at the University of Southern Maine, Portland on “Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis,” February 17 -19, 2017. Participants will be chosen by collaborating organizations that include USM’s Multicultural Center, Catholic Charities Maine, and the New Mainers Resource Center, a division of Portland Adult Education.  The Sam L. Cohen grant also covers part of the expenses for the Portland venue. Reza Jalali, director of USM’s Multicultural Center and a faculty member teaching a political science course on immigration this winter in partnership with the Conference, commented, “I’m thrilled to have a few of my students, many of whom are new Mainers themselves,…

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TED talk by Tae Chong, recent speaker at the Camden Public Library

Tae Chong, a second-generation immigrant from Korea, spoke recently at the Camden Public Library as part of the Camden Conference’s free Community Events related to the 30th anniversary Conference topic “Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis.”  His personal story was compelling and pertinent and centered on Maine. His demographic analysis of Maine’s current and future population spoke volumes about Maine’s future. We are in a demographic bubble, with few young people to replace the aging population. The only population that is actually growing, that is, has larger number of young people than old people, is the immigrant population. Tae also had some cogent recommendations of how to take business advantage of the growing immigrant population, both as a market and a resource. For instance, he said Boston (yes Boston) has the greatest portion of immigrant population in the country – and they are a potential market for our farmers, if…

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November Film Series: Refugees and Global Migration

The Camden Conference and Rockport Public Library are pleased to present a Film Series: Refugees and Global Migration, in connection with the 30th Camden Conference of the same theme.  The series will take place over three Saturdays, November 5, 12, and 19, at the Rockport Opera House.  The films begin at 2 pm and are free and open to all. The first film in the series will be screened on Saturday, November 5. SALAM NEIGHBOR, which translates to “Hello Neighbor”, is a documentary released in 2016. The title has a dual meaning as the Arabic word “salam” also means “peace.” The film documents the experiences of American filmmakers Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple when they lived among 85,000 Syrians in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, which lies seven miles from the Syrian border. The filmmakers, who were the first allowed by the UN to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, spent a month in Za’atari to cover what the UN Refugee Agency calls the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis….

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Camden Conference and World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Trip: Inside Washington

The Camden Conference has joined the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to offer an insiders’ view of Washington, DC. We’ve been offering this 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights for three decades. We visit think tanks, embassies, enjoy keynote speakers at the National Press Club and prestigious Cosmos Club, allow time on the Hill, and include a docent-led visit to a museum. Many participants return year-after-year, and as a nationally recognized Flagship Program, members come from across the country, affording great discussion amongst the group. Always cited as a highlight, is the opportunity to engage with speakers since our group size is limited to just 32 participants. What past participants have said about INSIDE WASHINGTON: “This is such an incredible combination of speakers. We truly were briefed on all major international subjects – no wonder people keep coming back!” Marti Rhea, OR About Michael Rubin,…

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Camden Conference now offers travel experiences

The Camden Conference is partnering with the World Affairs Council, Philadelphia, to offer Conference members educator-led travel experiences. The trips are to regions of the world that tie-in with the Conference’s annual area of focus. This past March a group of Camden Conference members joined WAC’s trip to Morocco. The tour included Camden Conference Members Leslie and Bob Fillnow, Susan Deutsch, JP and Kaki Smith, Joanne and Michael Bander, Ina Lee Selden and Maurice Mandel. The next trip is to Tanzania, scheduled for Oct. 29 to Nov. 8. For more information call the Conference office at 236-1034 or visit camdenconference.org.

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“Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter” at the Museum of Modern Art

More than 500 children live in the refugee camp at Calais, France, which is today a growing town at the mouth of the Chunnel. The majority of these children are unaccompanied by parents or guardians. Life in the so-called “Jungle” is painful and tentative for them: According to Help Refugees, 129 children could not be accounted for in April following the sweeping demolitions of homes in the refugee camp in March. The displacement of millions of people across the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Europe has given rise to permanent refugee communities in Dunkirk, France, and Lesbos, Greece, among others. The camps at Calais and beyond are home to a new kind of crisis architecture. The planning and stewardship of these camps has enormous, and sometimes deadly, consequences for their vulnerable residents. The architecture of forced displacement is the subject of “Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter,” a forthcoming exhibit at…

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‘LOST BOY FOUND AT WHOLE FOODS’ AT PORTLAND STAGE EXPLORES REFUGEE EXPERIENCE

“Remarkably touching” -New York Times “Stirring…a most potent play” –The New Jersey Star Ledger “See. This. Play.” –Q onStage In Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, Christine—a middle aged, middle class, recently divorced mother—finds a cause in the Whole Foods produce section. Her “cause” is Gabriel, a Sudanese “lost boy,” who fled civil war in his own country to find himself in snowy North America. Christine invites Gabriel to live with her and her teenage daughter in their suburban house and the drama ensues. One woman’s straightforward desire to help becomes a story uncovering the difficulty of understanding others. March 1-20 only. For tickets and more information, please visit Portland Stage website. A very special event will follow the performance on Tuesday, March 15th. Sacred Stories by Color of Community will take place following the 6pm performance in the Studio Theater Light reception to follow. For more information, click here.

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Photos of East Africa on Display during February

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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