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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Africa, The Very Complete History: A Million Years in a Hundred Minutes

Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back with their patented 100-minute history extravaganza, this time on the subject of Africa. Along the way you’ll meet adventurers, rogues and scoundrels, and even a few heroes. From Gondwanaland to Modern Africa with Manwa Sera, Lucy Australopithecus, Cecil Rhodes, “Uncle” Paul Kruger, Stanley and Livingstone, Muhammad Ahmad, Gen. Charles “Chinese” Gordon, Lord Kitchener, Leopold-II, Hugh Cholmondeley and the Happy Valley set, and the mysterious Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck. The show, Africa, The Very Complete History: A Million Years in a Hundred Minutes, will take place Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 29, 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House and Sunday, January 31, 2 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Tom DeMarco is the author of thirteen books (his sci-fi novel Andronescu’s Paradox is the most recent) and a Principal of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a technology think tank with offices…

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Seats are still available for the 2016 Camden Conference

Time to register for this year’s Camden Conference: The New Africa. The Camden Conference Program Committee has assembled a stellar group of speakers to address this important topic. The Conference is a great opportunity to learn more about what is still for many of us the “dark continent” in terms of our understanding. The speakers will focus on the “new” – what is changing, what is successful and the role of Africa in today’s world. Keynote speaker Ofeibea Quist-Arcton who is West African correspondent for NPR News will set the stage on Friday evening. Speakers represent many African countries including Ghana, Kenya, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Tanzania and are well positioned to discuss their world. Topics will include climate impacts, human rights, health, business growth, elections, economics, and more. The Conference takes place February 19-21 and seats are available at all four locations: live at the Camden…

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Pathfinder International’s Judy Kahrl on Women of the New Africa

Judy Kahrl, Ph.D., joins us to talk about “Women of the New Africa” on Wednesday, January 6, at 6:30 – 8 pm, in the Rockport Opera House Conference Room.  Judy will share her experiences traveling in Africa for Pathfinder International, an international non-profit founded by her father, and speak about the history of the organization and its impact and influence in Africa over the past 60 years. This event is free and open to all. Julia G. “Judy” Kahrl, Ph.D. is a member of the Board of Directors of Pathfinder International.  A daughter of Pathfinder’s founder, Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, she is a former free-lance photographer, psychotherapist, and educator.  Her first career was as wife of Stanley Kahrl, and mother of four children.  She now has eight grandchildren (Note: only two for each of her children).  She has served on the boards of a variety of organizations, including La Leche League…

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18 of the 25 players on the nationally ranked Lewiston Blue Devils are refugees.

The Lewiston High School boys soccer team is comprised of players from six different countries, with a majority being African Immigrants that fled refugee camps in hopes for a better life. The story looks at how soccer has shaped the immigrant population as well as how the immigrant population has shaped a Coach and a community.

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Camden Conference Speaker Dizolele contributed his expertise to this piece on the crisis in Eastern Congo.

“For nearly two decades, the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been the epicenter of the deadliest conflict since World War II. Part of a vast country straddling the heart of central Africa, the eastern Congo continues to defy efforts at pacification. As the conflict has morphed from a regional war to a series of tenacious local insurgencies, the civilians caught in the middle have paid the steepest price. In addition to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, continued instability in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country by area has strategic implications for the entire region. The DRC’s vast natural resources hold great potential but also complicate efforts at peace. The eastern Congo’s minerals power the world’s consumer electronics, and the country’s largely untapped farmlands have the potential to feed the rest of Africa. Yet disputes over these resources also drive the conflict, and rebel groups seek to control them…

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Jointly with PopTech, beginning Monday, October 19th through Saturday, October 24th, 2015, Camden Public Library will host a unique exhibit in the Reading Room, 3rd floor – Boldness and Opportunity: The N Square Exhibit. PopTech is honored to bring this dynamic exhibit to Maine, and in partnership with the Camden Public Library, welcomes the citizens of our state to take advantage of this very unique opportunity to explore the past history of nuclear weapon development, while at the same time participating in future thinking about ways to limit the risks these weapons pose to humanity. Click here for more information.

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The Camden Conference free Community Events Discussion Series returns this year with a four-part monthly series that will offer participants an opportunity to explore some key issues of this vast continent — all in preparation for the 2016 Camden Conference, The New Africa. The facilitated discussions will begin with October’s topic, “Who is Africa?” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m., at the Belfast Free Library on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m., to be followed at the Rockland Public Library on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m.. The series will run regularly on the first Tuesdays in Camden at 7:00 PM, first Wednesdays in Belfast at 6:30 PM, and second Tuesdays in Rockland at 6:00 PM. November’s topic is “Africa’s Resources: Who Wins, Who Loses?”; December’s focus is “War and Reconciliation – Africa’s Dilemma”; and in January, the subject will be “The New Africa:…

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College Essay Awards Given

Winners of the 2015 College Student Essay Contest on Russia were awarded their prizes at a meeting with the Camden Conference Education Committee – College team on August 13, 2015. Peter Imber, Camden Conference President, presented the awards: Brad O’Brien, first prize with a $500 award, and Stacie Gooldrup, second prize with a $300 award. Professor Peter Lodge from the University of Maine at Augusta congratulated his two award winning students. Our best wishes to Brad and Stacie as they pursue their future ambitions and dreams.

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February Conference generates over three-quarters of a million annually for Midcoast

For the past 28 years, the Camden Conference has held a three-day foreign policy conference in Midcoast Maine in February. The Conference is an established and widely respected event with approximately 1,000 participants attending each year. Leading experts from around the world are invited to speak on topics of global importance and interest. This year, the Camden Conference’s directors commissioned an economic impact study to determine how beneficial the Conference is for businesses and job creation in Midcoast Maine. The study was conducted by Dr. Harold Daniel, associate professor of marketing at the University of Maine Business School, and Dr. Todd Gabe, professor of economics at the University of Maine. Daniels has served as the director of the University of Maine’s System Center for Tourism Research and Outreach (CenTRO). He teaches advertising, marketing research and marketing management, and serves on the editorial board of Industrial Marketing, a leading scholarly journal…

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