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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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2014 Keynote Announced

The 27th annual Camden Conference, entitled “The Global Politics of Food and Water,” takes place February 21-23, 2014, live at the Camden Opera House and live-streamed to the Strand Theatre in Rockland and the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The 2014 Conference will provide a provocative look at the global dynamics of managing the world’s food and water resources at a time when the challenge to meet the ever-increasing demand has never been more critical. By 2050, our planet’s population may have grown by two billion, while other factors, including climate change, may have greatly reduced land and water resources essential for food production. The world will have to produce even more food without more land and with less water. The Conference will address a wide range of issues related to food and water, including the contentious debate between industrial agriculture practices and small-scale farming operations; food security issues dependent on…

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Dell and Collins at The Strand

ORIGINS OF TASTE: A BRIEF HISTORY OF CULINARY AND ARTISTIC DISCOVERIES Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell and Dr. Keith Collins present a lecture series at the Strand Theatre on Wednesdays, November 6 and 13. Lecture 1—Bon Appétit! Food Goes Global The November 6 lecture will explore the many food products of the New World that the European discoverers brought back to the Old World. Although certain foods were not immediately used by a large portion of the European population, eventually they became the mainstays of countries like France, Italy, and Ireland, to name a few. How the nutritional content of tomatoes, potatoes, yams, and corn impacted the health of Europeans and how these vegetables were depicted in art will be illustrated in the lecture. Lecture 2—Salud! A History of Drink The November 13 lecture will examine wide array of beverages from the Neolithic Period to the present. An outline…

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2014 Community Events

The topic for the 2014 Camden Conference is truly as important as any one the Conference has ever tackled. “The Global Politics of Food and Water” will take place February 21-23 at The Camden Opera House, with live-streaming at two other locations and promises to be a provocative look into the global dynamics of managing the world’s food and water resources at a time when the challenge to meet the ever increasing demand for them has never been more critical. Now in its 27th year, the mission of the Camden Conference is to promote informed and civil discourse on global issues and in addition to the three-day February event, the Conference will be offering wide-ranging and numerous other Community Events dealing with food and water. These will offer the Midcoast community an opportunity to learn first-hand about the issues, dilemmas and solutions facing both the world, America and Maine. More…

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New Discussion Series

Camden Conference Launches New, Free Discussion Series Community Facilitators are left to right: Charles Gale, technical support, Jim Nelson, Betsy Mayberry, Jim Bowditch, Neale Sweet, Don Abbott, Meg Malmberg, and Karolyn Snyder. The Camden Conference is joining with several libraries on the mid-coast to introduce a new, free discussion series beginning Sep. 17 and running through next February. The discussion series is organized a bit — but not exactly — like a book group and is aimed at promoting meaningful discourse in the community, a central mission of the Camden Conference It comes on top of the regular “community events” involving talks, films and other activities that are also offered free of charge by the Camden Conference each year. The discussion series will cover five broad topics, all related to the February 2014 Camden Conference topic, “The Global Politics of Food and Water.” The first discussion session, to be held…

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