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CC at the Common Ground Fair!

In anticipation of the 2014 Camden Conference, The Global Politics of Food and Water, we will have a booth at the Common Ground Fair, September 20-22, in Unity Maine on the grounds of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA). For more information, please visit MOFGA’s website at: https://www.mofga.org/theFair In addition to our informational booth, please be sure to join our Camden Conference Panel Discussion: Climate Change and Farming: How can Maine and the world respond?, featuring Sharon Tisher, Doreen Stabinsky, and Molly Anderson. This event will take place on Sunday, September 22, at 12:00 p.m. in the Rail Car Speaker’s Tent immediately following Sharon Tisher’s slide presentation, Climate Reality which begins at 11:00 a.m. See you at the Fair!

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CEP Workshop held in Camden

In recent years Maine parents and educators have become very concerned about how the ongoing funding crisis in Maine’s public schools has undermined high school social studies classes, especially those educating students on global issues and their importance to our country. Two Camden educational institutions, the Camden Conference and the Watershed School, have been working together to offer one solution to this worrisome problem. On June 24 representatives of the two organizations convened a workshop of social studies teachers from around Maine at the Watershed Independent High School’s 32 Washington Street facility in Camden to construct this year’s version of the Conference’s Curriculum Enrichment Program (CEP). Led by School Director, Will Galloway, and teacher, Judith Masseur, a recent graduate of Brown University’s Master’s Program in Education, the workshop group was made up of six other experienced educators from Lincoln Academy, Hampden Academy, Foxcroft Academy, and the Maine School for Science…

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Summer Reading

2014 Camden Conference Summer Reading List now available. Click here to view and/or download.

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2013 Highlights

Highlights from the 2013 Camden Conference, The Middle East – What Next?, are now available on our website. Click here to view and/or download.

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May 4 Symposium

May 4 Symposium Tackles Subject of Food Security and Climate Change How climate change may affect global food supplies and security, around the world and here in Maine, will be the subject of a one-day symposium on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the First Congregational Church in Camden. “Food and Climate Change: Global Challenges and Maine Responses” is being organized by the Quaker Peace Center of the Midcoast Meeting of Friends and the First Congregational Church of Camden, in collaboration with the Camden Conference. “Global warming poses enormous risks to global food production and security,” said Brewster Grace, an event organizer for the Peace Center of the Midcoast Meeting of Friends. “Major effects of increased greenhouse gas emissions—droughts, floods, rising temperatures, and unpredictable growing seasons—are now devastating many regions of the world. Maine is already affected by ocean acidification and plant infestations as temperatures rise.” “We can see the trends…

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Opera House – Sold Out!

Opera House Sold Out for Camden Conference The Camden Conference reports this week that all seats at the Camden Opera House have been filled for the 26th Annual Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” the weekend of February 22-24. Seats are still available, however, at the three live-streaming satellite venues: The Strand in Rockland, the Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and The Grand in Ellsworth. Please click here to register. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, who was slated to be one of the conference speakers, has been called away on urgent overseas business. Taking his place will be Ambassador Laurence Pope, a career diplomat, addressing U.S. policies and their role in the Middle East. Pope, a Bowdoin College graduate, is a former U.S. ambassador to Chad and former chargé d’affaires in Libya. Fluent in Arabic and French, he has also held a number of senior posts in the Department of State. He retired…

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R.M. Davis is 2013 Global Sponsor

Maine’s premiere foreign policy conference returns to Camden for 26th year R. M. Davis commits to conference in big way, as “global sponsor” for three years This year’s Camden Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” cannot provide all the answers to this pressing question. But what it will do, with its roster of acknowledged experts—focusing on the key countries of the Middle East—is provide historical analysis with current insights, giving participants a deeper understanding of the elements that will influence the future. “Attendees will emerge from the weekend Conference with a keener sense of the fundamental issues underlying today’s complex Middle East so that, as events unfold, they can view and understand them in a proper historical framework,” says Camden Conference Board President Bland Banwell. Helping to make this year’s event possible is R. M. Davis, Inc., a Maine-based, nationally recognized, investment management firm. “As the Global Sponsor, R. M….

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Sam L. Cohen Foundation

The Sam L. Cohen Foundation, established 29 years ago in Portland to benefit individuals living in southern Maine, has awarded the Camden Conference a grant for 15 Portland High School students and 2 teachers to attend the February 22-24, 2013 Conference in Camden. This year’s Camden Conference theme “The Middle East: What Next?” will focus on the current status and future prospects of the Arab Awakening across the Middle East and its likely impacts upon U.S. policies and U.S. roles in the region. The students to attend will be selected from Portland High School’s Global Studies Certificate Program, and will recognize other recommendations from the Portland Mentoring Alliance, the Make It Happen Program and various ELL programs. The Global Studies program is open to native-born and immigrant students and combines cultural competence skills training, monthly seminars ranging from music to international humanitarian aid efforts, and a senior service learning project…

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100 Days in 100 Minutes

The Camden Conference proudly presents Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco’s 7th annual 100 minute history roadshow: 100 DAYS IN 100 MINUTES – ADAMS V. JEFFERSON: THE FURIOUS ELECTION OF 1800. If you think US elections have gone downhill since the founders’ time, think again. The 1800 election had it all: slander, libel, name-calling, tinkering, bribes, and apocalyptic predictions for what would happen if “the other guy” should win. By popular demand, this lively 100 minute event is available for viewing on-line. Click here to enjoy the show!

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Conference Registration Opens

Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, November 26, for the next Camden Conference, “The Middle East: What Next?” scheduled for February 22-24, 2013. An outstanding slate of speakers has been assembled for the weekend-long conference, including many noted Middle East experts who have appeared frequently in the media. Advance ticket sales to Camden Conference members have already been brisk—the topic and the first-rate speaker roster have proven to be a big draw. Everyone with an interest in the topic should make reservations as soon as possible. As previously announced, the keynote speaker on Friday evening, February 22, will be Robin Wright, who has reported from more than 140 countries on six continents for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Time, The Atlantic, The Sunday Times of London, CBS News, Foreign Affairs, and many others. Her overseas assignments have…

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