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Kirschenmann returns to Camden

2014 Camden Conference Keynote, Fred Kirschenmann, returns to the Camden Opera House on Friday August 22, for a special appearance along with acclaimed filmmaker, Deborah Koons Garcia and Maine Farmland Trust’s John Piotti for a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Symphony of the Soil. Click here for more information.

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Piotti reflects on the CC

2014 Camden Conference Moderator, John Piotti, writes about us in Maine Farmland Trust‘s recent Newsletter. Food & Water: Notes on the Camden Conference Sometimes I’m amazed by what happens here in Maine. An event this past weekend made that point clearly—in two distinct ways. The event was the 27th Annual Camden Conference. The topic this year was “the global politics of food and water.” For those of you who have never attended one of these conferences, they are professionally-run three-day affairs that boast world experts and top-notch speakers. It’s so impressive that an event of this sort occurs right here in our backyard. (The live show is held at the Camden Opera House, with broadcasts to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast and the Strand Theater in Rockland.) The other reason this year’s Camden Conference reflected well on Maine was because of the topic. Any conversation about food and water soon…

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Bill Taylor Award goes to Unity College Students

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the awarding of the Bill Taylor Award to a group of Unity College students. The award is the outcome of a challenge to Maine college and high school students to investigate the growing worldwide food and water crisis. Taylor, a long-time supporter of the Conference, created this award to promote student research in support of his strong interest in education. The award of $1,000 was presented to student Sarah Bicknell and Professor Doug Fox by Taylor at a recent Camden Conference Education Committee Meeting. The Unity College students’ project involves creating “Gardens-in-a-Box.” These boxes will be complete with materials and directions for planting a family garden and will be distributed to local grocery stores and food pantries. Their research will examine the sale of these Boxes and their impact on families. Evidence has shown that families growing their own food are promising for…

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2014 Conference CamCasts

2014 Conference CamCasts are now available for viewing! Dear attendees, Thank you all for a wonderfully successful and thought provoking conference. We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Conference CamCasts are now available for viewing on our website: https://www.camdenconference.org/2014-conference/2014-conference-camcasts/ ENJOY!

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Camden Conference Sells Out!

ALL venues are now completely sold out for the 2014 Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water Please call (207) 236-1034 to join the Wait-List.

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Opera House and Hutch Sell Out!

The Camden Opera House and the U Maine Hutchinson Center venues for the 2014 Camden Conference are now SOLD OUT. A few seats remain at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Please register soon at: https://www.camdenconference.org/registration/

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Tom & Mac Show Tonight!

THE SUCCESS OF EXCESS: 1870s to 1900 A History of the Gilded Age in 100 Minutes During the Gilded Age, the so-called “one percent” dominated the economy to a degree never seen before. Or since . . . up until our own time. The rich of the period set a new standard for how much they could lavish on themselves, how splendid their many residences could be, even how much they could eat and drink. The Gilded Age in the United States was The Age of Privilege in England and La Belle Epoque in France. Excess was the rule everywhere. The period was a heyday for rascals of all kinds: Diamond Jim Brady and Lillian Russell, Maine’s own James G. Blaine, “Rutherfraud” B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden, Mark Twain, Lord Salisbury, Rudyard Kipling and Arthur Balfour, Napoleon III and Maximillian. Look out world! Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco will return…

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2014 Simmons Scholarship

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the selection of this year’s recipient of the Mathew R. Simmons scholarship. Kelsey Ouellette, from Winthrop, Maine, is a Senior Environmental Studies Major/Education Minor at the University of New England. Kelsey has an excellent academic record, placing her on the Dean’s list throughout her college career. She has further demonstrated her involvement in the field with activism on a variety of environmental and social issues, including serving as vice-president of the student environmental group, Earth’s ECO, and participating as a member of UNE’s Habitat for Humanity Club. Her professor, Rick Peterson describes her “commitment to high quality academic work, enthusiasm and passion for learning and strong critical thinking skills.” All students applying for the scholarship were asked to submit a short essay as to why they would like to attend the Conference. In Kelsey’s essay she said, “The Conference will help me understand…

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2014 Speakers and Topics

Camden Conference 2014 Speakers and Topics The 2014 Camden Conference, slated for the weekend of February 21 to 23, will feature a stellar lineup of high-profile experts addressing “The Global Politics of Food and Water.” The speakers, focusing on issues as well as solutions, are guaranteed to stimulate discussion—and perhaps generate controversy—as they present their perspectives on this critical topic. As previously announced, the moderator for the conference will be Jonathan Foley, Director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota. Friday evening’s keynote speaker will be Fred Kirschenmann, an expert on sustainable agriculture and food issues as well as an organic farmer. Saturday morning speakers will address the effects of climate change on food and water supplies. Ann Tutwiler, Director General of Bioversity International, will focus on the effects of climate change on agricultural biodiversity. Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development at the…

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CEP Presented to Teachers

The new Curriculum Enrichment Program (CEP), which is based on the 2013 Camden Conference, was introduced to Maine social studies teachers at their annual conference in Augusta, on November 8th. Will Galloway, creator of the CEP, led the workshop for over 30 teachers, showing them how to use the video clips excerpted from the full presentations at the 2013 Camden conference. The video clips highlight four features of Global Affairs: Culture, Conflict, Policy, and Globalization, which can be used by teachers in a variety of courses on global issues. During the workshop teachers worked in groups on their own computers to explore all CEP video clips, from 2010 to 2013, using this Global Affairs model as their lens. Will also demonstrated how teachers can use the many Camden Conference website resources in their classrooms. To create the 2013 CEP, teachers from around Maine attended a workshop in June, 2013, which…

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