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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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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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