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From the Archives-DownEast magazine article about Camden Conference

In recognition of our 30 year anniversary, we are revisiting words written about the Camden Conference through the years. In 1996, DownEast magazine featured an article called “The Talk of Camden: A Midwinter Marvel.” From the article:  Despite the first conference’s relative success, there was widespread doubt in Camden that future seminars would find much of an audience or many top-flight speakers willing to make their way to the coast of Maine in midwinter. “I thought it was the damnedest fool thing I’d ever heard of,” admits James Brown, a retired New York Times editorial writer and journalist who went on to become a member of the Camden Conference board, “getting all these bigwigs to come to Camden on the first weekend in February, when there’s a fifty-fifty chance of a blizzard.” Read the whole article here:  https://web.archive.org/web/19970521145159/http:/www.sourcemaine.com/camcon/downeast.html  

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Local Immigrants Win Scholarships To Global Issues Conference

A group of Portland-area immigrants has just gained free access to an educational experience uniquely apt for them. Through a grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to the Camden Conference, 20 Portland-area English-speaking immigrant students and adults will be awarded full scholarships to the Conference’s live-streaming venue at the University of Southern Maine, Portland on “Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis,” February 17 -19, 2017. Participants will be chosen by collaborating organizations that include USM’s Multicultural Center, Catholic Charities Maine, and the New Mainers Resource Center, a division of Portland Adult Education.  The Sam L. Cohen grant also covers part of the expenses for the Portland venue. Reza Jalali, director of USM’s Multicultural Center and a faculty member teaching a political science course on immigration this winter in partnership with the Conference, commented, “I’m thrilled to have a few of my students, many of whom are new Mainers themselves,…

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TED talk by Tae Chong, recent speaker at the Camden Public Library

Tae Chong, a second-generation immigrant from Korea, spoke recently at the Camden Public Library as part of the Camden Conference’s free Community Events related to the 30th anniversary Conference topic “Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis.”  His personal story was compelling and pertinent and centered on Maine. His demographic analysis of Maine’s current and future population spoke volumes about Maine’s future. We are in a demographic bubble, with few young people to replace the aging population. The only population that is actually growing, that is, has larger number of young people than old people, is the immigrant population. Tae also had some cogent recommendations of how to take business advantage of the growing immigrant population, both as a market and a resource. For instance, he said Boston (yes Boston) has the greatest portion of immigrant population in the country – and they are a potential market for our farmers, if…

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2017 Camden Conference Announced

Across the Middle East, in Central America and Sub- Saharan Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and South and Southeast Asia, an extraordinary human migration is underway. More than 65 million people are now on the move, seeking food, safety, and better lives for themselves and their families. They are fleeing for a variety of reasons: wars, ethnic and religious conflicts, corruption and crime, and the growing consequences of climate change. The post–World War II international framework—created to meet what was then an unprecedented flow of humanity across borders—is now facing its severest crisis. The 2017 Camden Conference—“Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis”—will feature lively discussions with speakers chosen for their firsthand knowledge and strong views on migrant and refugee issues. They will explore the varied causes of the current international crisis and the unique challenges that come with accepting immigrants from particular countries, regions, and demographic groups. Speakers will also examine…

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Camden Conference and World Affairs Council of Philadelphia Trip: Inside Washington

The Camden Conference has joined the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia to offer an insiders’ view of Washington, DC. We’ve been offering this 5-night schedule of inside the beltway small-group briefings and cultural highlights for three decades. We visit think tanks, embassies, enjoy keynote speakers at the National Press Club and prestigious Cosmos Club, allow time on the Hill, and include a docent-led visit to a museum. Many participants return year-after-year, and as a nationally recognized Flagship Program, members come from across the country, affording great discussion amongst the group. Always cited as a highlight, is the opportunity to engage with speakers since our group size is limited to just 32 participants. What past participants have said about INSIDE WASHINGTON: “This is such an incredible combination of speakers. We truly were briefed on all major international subjects – no wonder people keep coming back!” Marti Rhea, OR About Michael Rubin,…

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2016 College & University Students Awards

College & University Students Awards The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its college and university student essay contest which focused on the 2016 Conference theme: The New Africa. First prize (tie) went to Jesse McCormick from the University of Maine at Orono entitled American Hippos: The United States Military Establishment in Africa, and Danny Chambers from the University of Maine at Rockland, entitled Liberia: Governance and its Socioeconomic Impact. Because of the First place tie, there was no Second prize awarded. Third prize was awarded to Mary Negri from Unity College for her essay entitled How the Development of Social Media and Technology Aids Sub-Saharan Africa in Globalization and the Fight for Human Rights. The Conference congratulates our winners. 1st Prize (tie) Jesse McCormick 1st Prize (tie) Danny Chambers, UMA 3rd Prize Mary Negri, Unity College DOWNLOAD ESSAY DOWNLOAD ESSAY DOWNLOAD ESSAY  

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2016 High School Students Awards

High School Students Awards The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its second high school student essay contest which focused on the 2016 Conference theme: The New Africa. First prize (tie) went to Alejandra Pardos from Gould Academy, working with teacher Dr. Brad Clarke, entitled Pan Africanism and the Road to an African Renaissance, and Kyle Gleason from Piscataquis Community Secondary School, working with teacher Mr. Joseph Hennessey, entitled Inflation in South Africa. Second prize went to Emma Stevens from Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (Goodwill Hinckley), working with teacher Emily Gribben, entitled The Consequences of the Commercialization of GMOs in Africa. Third prize was a 4 way tie; Cole Lusk from Gould Academy, working with Dr. Clarke, entitled Disease in Africa, Eli Kurtz from Gould Academy, also working with Dr. Clarke, entitled Food and Water Security in Africa, Lucinda-Callie Wingert from Piscataquis Community Secondary School, working with Mr. Hennessey, entitled Aid Corruption in Underdeveloped Africa, and Alanna Wilson from Piscataquis Community Secondary School, also working with Mr. Hennessey, entitled Education and…

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Camden Conference now offers travel experiences

The Camden Conference is partnering with the World Affairs Council, Philadelphia, to offer Conference members educator-led travel experiences. The trips are to regions of the world that tie-in with the Conference’s annual area of focus. This past March a group of Camden Conference members joined WAC’s trip to Morocco. The tour included Camden Conference Members Leslie and Bob Fillnow, Susan Deutsch, JP and Kaki Smith, Joanne and Michael Bander, Ina Lee Selden and Maurice Mandel. The next trip is to Tanzania, scheduled for Oct. 29 to Nov. 8. For more information call the Conference office at 236-1034 or visit camdenconference.org.

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New CMCA opens in Rockland to great fanfare

The new CMCA had its grand opening on Sunday, making Rockland, in the words of Bob Keyes from the Portland Press Herald, “where all the cool kids are.” From his article in the June 19 PPH: “The center of attention this summer is the new CMCA, which has moved from its longtime home in Rockport, a few miles up the coast. Executive Director Suzette McAvoy said the museum’s directors chose Rockland because it offered the best prospect for growth in the immediate and long-term future. By moving to Rockland, CMCA hopes to increase attendance from fewer than 10,000 visitors a year to 50,000, partly through increasing school programming and other community events. CMCA opens with an exhibition by Jonathan Borofsky, a sculptor with an international following who lives in Ogunquit. The 73-year-old sculptor hasn’t shown in Maine since he was a teenager, and his exhibition is considered a coup for McAvoy and…

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The Unity Foundation offers Camden Conference a Challenge Grant for 30th Year

The Camden Conference announced that Unity Foundation, Unity, ME has offered the Conference a challenge grant of $15,000 in support of the 30th Camden Conference in 2017: Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis. Founded in 2000, the Unity Foundation invests in building the capacity of nonprofits that serve both local and statewide needs.   Larry Sterrs, Unity Foundation CEO, notes “We view our support of The Camden Conference as a way to help our greater Maine populace, both adults and students, better understand world events. We’re fortunate to have such a well-respected nonprofit here in Maine.” One of Unity’s goals is to promote sustainability among nonprofits that reliably serve Maine communities. Sterrs points out that the relationship with The Camden Conference is one of the longest in Unity’s giving history, with 2017 marking 10 years of support. After three decades, the Camden Conference now has programs that involve dozens of…

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