Camden Conference and Rockport Public Library present Film Series: New World Disorder and America’s Future

The Camden Conference and Rockport Public Library are pleased to present a Film Series: New World Disorder and America’s Future, in connection with the 31st Camden Conference, which will focus on the same theme.  The series will take place over three Saturdays; November 4, 11, and 18, at the Rockport Opera House.  The screenings are free and open to all. The first film in the series, The UnAmerican Struggle, will be screened on Saturday, November 4 at 2 p.m. Director Ric Osuna will attend and will be available for Q&A following the film.  The UnAmerican Struggle is a feature-length documentary that examines the resurgence of racism, misogyny, sexism, and xenophobia in America. The UnAmerican Struggle pays close attention to the struggle for equality from the perspective of Immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, Blacks, Women, and Transgender People. Seventeen experts representing the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Diversity Council, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and local groups, such…

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2018 Camden Conference Speaker Roster Takes Shape

Once again this year, the Camden Conference will focus on a timely and compelling topic. The 31st annual Camden Conference, “New World Disorder and America’s Future” will explore shifts in global power and the implications for major players – especially the United States, China and European countries – in pursuing their national interests. Moderated by Tom Ashbrook, award-winning journalist and host of the nationally syndicated, public radio call-in program, On Point, speakers will address the impact of globalization, the rise of nationalism, the challenges to global economies, and the management of a range of future threats including environmental change.  The Conference will explore how critical relationships among countries are evolving and whether the “rules-based” international institutions established in the mid-20th century can be effective in a disorderly world. Keynote speaker, Stephen Walt, is the Belfer Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University.  He previously taught at Princeton University and University…

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Camden Conference in the World-October 2017

New World Disorder and America’s Future is not only the title of the upcoming 2018 Camden Conference, it’s also a theme being addressed these days by many speakers in previous Camden Conferences. Germany has been a particular focus for past speakers, especially since the far-right populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party got nearly 13% of the vote in recent elections. Cas Mudde wrote in The Guardian right after the late September German election that the results “mainly shows de-alignment from the mainstream parties, rather than re-alignment to AfD.” Angela Merkel, whom many look to as a bulwark of stability amid the global disorder, won a fourth term as Chancellor but with a sharply decreased share of the vote. Mudde, a University of Georgia professor and active commentator on populist politics, had an uncomfortable message for those who view Merkel as a pillar of Western stability. The election was in many…

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Camden Conference begins 2018 Membership Drive with New Benefits

The Camden Conference announces the beginning of its annual membership drive for the 2018 season. What began in 1987 with a handful of Midcoast residents with insight, enthusiasm, and connections and the idea of “bringing the world to Camden,” is now entering its 31st year. The Conference audience now numbers over 1100 people each February across the four venues. In addition to the February Conference, programs include related high school and college courses during the year, plus nearly 100 community events in schools and libraries around the state. The Camden Conference is still a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization, committed to keeping registration fees low and accessibility high.  Because ticket sales cover only 45% of the operating budget, membership contributions are vital to ensure this accessibility and the continuation of the Conference’s mission to “foster informed discourse on world issues.” This year the Conference has new and improved benefits to offer Members, including:…

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Inside Washington, DC-travel with the Camden Conference and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia

Camden Conference Members are invited to travel with the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to Washington, DC from April 30-May 5, 2018. Join the annual 5-night small-group program of briefings and special events to hear from, and question, our nation's foreign policy makers. The group also visits embassies to gain a global perspective on the issues of the day. Speakers last year included Jeremy Haft, author of Unmade in China; Dr. Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute and author of a Kurdistan monograph; Dr. Steven A. Cook, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations and expert on Arab politics; Dr. Jessica Ashooh, Deputy Director of the Middle East Strategy Task Force, Rafik Hariri Center,Atlantic Council; and Minister Counselor and Consul General Mr. Tang Li, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China. Be sure to indicate that you are a Member of the Camden Conference when you send in your deposit.  This trip is... Read More

UMA Student wins First Prize in the Student Poetry at Plunkett Poetry Festival with “On the Edge”

Education programs of the Camden Conference are designed to promote knowledge, perspectives, and dialogue opportunities on world affairs with high school and college educators and their students. Academic courses are now offered in Maine high schools and colleges on the Camden Conference, which are linked to the rich resources from current and past Conference presentations. We are committed to having 20% of Conference attendees be students. Zoe FitzGerald-Beckett, a UMA student attendee of the 2017 Conference, Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, was moved to create an award-winning poem which she titled On the Edge. In her own words, this is her story: “In December of 2016, the Cushing Library ran a three-part series on the theme of the 2017 Camden Conference – Refugees and Global Migration:  Humanity’s Crisis.  What a  thought-provoking and informative event it was, with powerful and poignant poetry that cut to the heart of the topic of the…

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Maine high school teachers partner with Camden Conference to build network of global educators

Twelve high school teachers from across the state attended the Camden Conference’s third annual global affairs teachers’ workshop Saturday, September 16 in Camden. During the day-long session, the teachers worked with Camden Conference facilitators to learn about this coming year’s area of international focus and how it could be introduced into their classrooms. The Camden Conference in the Classroom (CCC) 9-month program helps build relationships and resource-sharing among Maine high school teachers who bring foreign affairs or global issues to their classrooms. “The Conference’s workshop helps us in integrating the study of international affairs in our classrooms. This program is a key resource for teachers like us who are committed to providing our students with a global education,” said Erin Towns, teacher at Edward Little High School, Auburn. Joe Hennessey, teacher from Piscataquis Community High School, Guilford, agreed, “The interdisciplinary study associated with the Camden Conference helps us augment our…

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The Camden Conference in the Classroom program was the most successful yet at the 2017 Conference. The Conference Board has long seen the value of sharing the inspiring conferences with high school students while recognizing that these young people need some education and support to fully appreciate the experience.  At the same time, high school teachers are stretched to provide the necessary resources to lead education on the Conference topic. To support these teachers and students and contribute to the learning for leaders of the future, the Camden Conference has developed a program titled “Camden Conference in the Classroom (CCC). The topic of the 2017 Camden Conference, Refugees and Global Migration, was not only in the news almost daily, but was particularly relevant to the experience of many high school students with about 20% of the CCC student attendees were refugees themselves or from families of Refugees.  Students in rural…

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NPR’s Tom Ashbrook to Moderate 2018 Camden Conference

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce that Tom Ashbrook, host of the nationally syndicated, public radio call-in program, On Point, will moderate the 31st Annual Camden Conference, New World Disorder and America’s Future, February 16-18, 2018. Ashbrook’s career in journalism spans 20 years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor and author. For 10 years he was based in India, Hong Kong and Japan, first at the South China Morning Post, then as a correspondent for the Boston Globe.  He began his reporting career covering the refugee exodus from Vietnam and the post-Mao opening of China, and has since covered turmoil and shifting cultural and economic trends in the U.S., Somalia, Rwanda, Russia and the Balkans.  At the Globe, where he served as deputy managing editor until 1996, he directed coverage of the first Gulf War and the end of the Cold War. “We are delighted to have someone with…

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Lynda Schuster, former foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor, will be celebrating the July 18 release of her latest book, Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix, at Left Bank Books in downtown Belfast on Friday, July 28, at 7 pm.           Schuster’s book is receiving widespread early acclaim, and she will be interviewed by CNN’s Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour later this month.           While growing up in Detroit in the 60s and 70s, Schuster felt certain life was happening elsewhere, and as soon as she graduated from high school, she set out to find it. Dirty Wars and Polished Silver is Schuster’s story of her life abroad as a foreign correspondent in war-torn countries and later, as the wife of a U.S. ambassador. It chronicles her time living through a war on a kibbutz…

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