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2011 Conference dedication

The Board of Directors of the Camden Conference has announced that it will dedicate the upcoming Conference, The Challenges of Asia, to honor the memory of Matthew R. Simmons. Matt was the keynote speaker of the 15th Camden Conference in 2002: The Politics of Energy and Water. His talk was titled Nightmares and Dreams About World Energy Crises. He was a long-standing member of the Camden Conference Advisory Council and had always been a generous benefactor in support of the mission of the organization. Matt founded Simmons & Company International, a Houston-based energy investment bank, in 1974. It eventually expanded to London, Aberdeen, and Dubai. More recently, Matt founded the Maine-based Ocean Energy Institute, a non-profit research organization to promote clean, sustainable energy production from off-shore wind and ocean forces. Matt Simmons left an enduring mark on Maine, especially in the MidCoast. His vision and backing enabled the restoration of…

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Rashid is Top Global Thinker

Ahmed Rashid, who keynoted this years Camden Conference “Crossroads of Conflict” was recognized in the December 2010 issue of Foreign Policy Magazine as being among the 100 most influential global thinkers. Rashid, who was listed in 51st position, was cited “for being the world’s eyes and ears in one of its most volatile regions”. Among other Asian thinkers identified by Foreign Policy, with their position on the list in parenthesis are: Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank, China (4); Liu Xiaobo, 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner, China (16); Shivshankar Menon, National Security Advisor, India (18); Nandan Nilekani, Entrepeneur, India (43); Zheng Bijian, Geostrategist, China (44); Aung San Suu Kyi, Dissident, Burma (75); Hu Shuli, Editor, China (82) and Kishore Mahbubani, Academic Dean, Singapore (92).

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Camden Conference a UMO Favorite

UMaine Valedictorian, Amy Smith, declares Camden Conference classes among her favorites in a recent article spotlighting her accomplishments. Read about Amy in the recent edition of UMaine Today.

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We Have Moved!

The Camden Conference Office has moved to a new location at 25 Bayview St., 2nd floor. Our postal address and phone numbers are unchanged.

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2010 Conference Highlights

The 2010 Conference Highlights have arrived! Highlights from the 23rd Annual Camden Conference: Afghanistan, Pakistan, India — Crossroads of Conflict are now available. To receive your copy, please send $10 (incl. S&H) to the Camden Conference, P.O. Box 882, Camden, ME 04843. To order by credit card, please call us at 236-1034 or toll free at 1-877-214-8579.  Highlights is also available to view and download on our website.

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Support a Student in 2011!

Help bring more students to the 2011 Camden Conference! Because the Camden Conference is, above all, an educational event, it is fitting that students have an important and growing place in it! Many attendees feel that the best and most meaningful questions to Conference speakers come from the student participants.” The 103 students at our most recent Conference were an increase from 69 the year before. Of these, 78 were from colleges, 25 from regional secondary schools, and three were from the South Asian region being discussed. Almost all of them benefited from scholarships or discounted student rates and had their Conference experience enriched through a special program organized by the Conference. The total cost of this student program was $11,577, offset by $2,150 in donations for scholarships. The remaining costs, $9,427, came out of the Conference organization’s own resources, reducing our ability to expand and improve this valuable and…

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2011 Conference Topic Announced

The 24th Annual Camden Conference: The Challenges of Asia will take place February 18- 20, 2011.  The Camden Conference Board of Directors wishes share with its friends and members this brief overview of next year’s conference.  While the general theme has been chosen, this working title and program details are in early stages of development by the Program Committee and will surely evolve before reaching its final form.  Please visit our website often to monitor our progress. Topics likely to be covered include: Single Country Assessments of China, India, and Japan Economic Overview of Asia and Economic/Trade Relations with the U.S. Energy and Resource Competition Across Asia Military and Geo-Strategic Overview of Asia in relation to U.S. Role, Responses, and Military Presence in the Region New Technologies, “Green” Jobs and Production, Environmental Issues How should the U.S. Respond to the Many Challenges of a Rising Asia? What changes may be…

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2010 CamCasts are Available!

The recent 23rd Annual Camden Conference, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India – Crossroads of Conflict, is receiving much praise and positive press coverage! In case you missed it or want to experience it again…. CamCasts of each 2010 Camden Conference Presentation are now available for viewing anytime on our website. And you may browse images from the 2010 Camden Conference at our new Photo Gallery.

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Camden Conference Thanks You!

The Camden Conference wishes to thank everyone who helped make the recent conference season such a success! The Camden Conference is fortunate to have many volunteers who make this annual Conference possible. In addition to the dedicated volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council, the following individuals and businesses have generously given of their time as community event speakers, senior college presenters, community partners, committee members, office helpers and volunteers during this weekend Conference: Acadia Senior College ~ Bangor Public Library ~ Meredith Barnett ~ Belfast Free Library ~ Belfast Senior College ~ Ann Bex ~ Genna Black ~ Dwight Blue ~ Blue Hill Public Library ~ Margaret Boyajian ~ Joanne Boynton ~ Steven Butterfield ~ Camden Police Department ~ Camden Public Library ~ Ben Cameron ~ Sean Carnell ~ Anna Carr ~ Zeb Casperson ~ Marlene Charron ~ Jon Cheston ~ Chromunique´Audio Visual ~ Coastal Discoveries ~ Coastal Senior…

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Save the Date!

The 24th Annual Camden Conference will take place February 18-20, 2011. Check the Camden Conference website often for updates on next year’s topic, speakers, programs, and community events.

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