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Pathfinder International’s Judy Kahrl on Women of the New Africa

Judy Kahrl, Ph.D., joins us to talk about “Women of the New Africa” on Wednesday, January 6, at 6:30 – 8 pm, in the Rockport Opera House Conference Room.  Judy will share her experiences traveling in Africa for Pathfinder International, an international non-profit founded by her father, and speak about the history of the organization and its impact and influence in Africa over the past 60 years. This event is free and open to all. Julia G. “Judy” Kahrl, Ph.D. is a member of the Board of Directors of Pathfinder International.  A daughter of Pathfinder’s founder, Dr. Clarence J. Gamble, she is a former free-lance photographer, psychotherapist, and educator.  Her first career was as wife of Stanley Kahrl, and mother of four children.  She now has eight grandchildren (Note: only two for each of her children).  She has served on the boards of a variety of organizations, including La Leche League…

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18 of the 25 players on the nationally ranked Lewiston Blue Devils are refugees.

The Lewiston High School boys soccer team is comprised of players from six different countries, with a majority being African Immigrants that fled refugee camps in hopes for a better life. The story looks at how soccer has shaped the immigrant population as well as how the immigrant population has shaped a Coach and a community.

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Camden Conference Speaker Dizolele contributed his expertise to this piece on the crisis in Eastern Congo.

“For nearly two decades, the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been the epicenter of the deadliest conflict since World War II. Part of a vast country straddling the heart of central Africa, the eastern Congo continues to defy efforts at pacification. As the conflict has morphed from a regional war to a series of tenacious local insurgencies, the civilians caught in the middle have paid the steepest price. In addition to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, continued instability in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country by area has strategic implications for the entire region. The DRC’s vast natural resources hold great potential but also complicate efforts at peace. The eastern Congo’s minerals power the world’s consumer electronics, and the country’s largely untapped farmlands have the potential to feed the rest of Africa. Yet disputes over these resources also drive the conflict, and rebel groups seek to control them…

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BOLDNESS AND OPPORTUNITY: THE N SQUARE EXHIBIT

Jointly with PopTech, beginning Monday, October 19th through Saturday, October 24th, 2015, Camden Public Library will host a unique exhibit in the Reading Room, 3rd floor – Boldness and Opportunity: The N Square Exhibit. PopTech is honored to bring this dynamic exhibit to Maine, and in partnership with the Camden Public Library, welcomes the citizens of our state to take advantage of this very unique opportunity to explore the past history of nuclear weapon development, while at the same time participating in future thinking about ways to limit the risks these weapons pose to humanity. Click here for more information.

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DISCUSSION SERIES RETURNS FOR 2016

The Camden Conference free Community Events Discussion Series returns this year with a four-part monthly series that will offer participants an opportunity to explore some key issues of this vast continent — all in preparation for the 2016 Camden Conference, The New Africa. The facilitated discussions will begin with October’s topic, “Who is Africa?” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m., at the Belfast Free Library on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m., to be followed at the Rockland Public Library on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m.. The series will run regularly on the first Tuesdays in Camden at 7:00 PM, first Wednesdays in Belfast at 6:30 PM, and second Tuesdays in Rockland at 6:00 PM. November’s topic is “Africa’s Resources: Who Wins, Who Loses?”; December’s focus is “War and Reconciliation – Africa’s Dilemma”; and in January, the subject will be “The New Africa:…

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College Essay Awards Given

Winners of the 2015 College Student Essay Contest on Russia were awarded their prizes at a meeting with the Camden Conference Education Committee – College team on August 13, 2015. Peter Imber, Camden Conference President, presented the awards: Brad O’Brien, first prize with a $500 award, and Stacie Gooldrup, second prize with a $300 award. Professor Peter Lodge from the University of Maine at Augusta congratulated his two award winning students. Our best wishes to Brad and Stacie as they pursue their future ambitions and dreams.

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February Conference generates over three-quarters of a million annually for Midcoast

For the past 28 years, the Camden Conference has held a three-day foreign policy conference in Midcoast Maine in February. The Conference is an established and widely respected event with approximately 1,000 participants attending each year. Leading experts from around the world are invited to speak on topics of global importance and interest. This year, the Camden Conference’s directors commissioned an economic impact study to determine how beneficial the Conference is for businesses and job creation in Midcoast Maine. The study was conducted by Dr. Harold Daniel, associate professor of marketing at the University of Maine Business School, and Dr. Todd Gabe, professor of economics at the University of Maine. Daniels has served as the director of the University of Maine’s System Center for Tourism Research and Outreach (CenTRO). He teaches advertising, marketing research and marketing management, and serves on the editorial board of Industrial Marketing, a leading scholarly journal…

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The Camden Conference Education Committee announces winners of the Russia Resurgent Student Essay Contest

Congratulations to our college & university student winners! First Place goes to Brad O’Brien from the University of Maine in Rockland. Second Place goes to Stacie Gooldrups from the University of Maine in Rockland. Click here for more information. Congratulations to our high school student winners! First Place goes to Pratt Olson from Gould Academy. Second Place goes to Will Kannegieser from Gould Academy. Third Place goes to Racquel Bozzelli from Foxcroft Academy.  

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Just 3 Openings Left!

Announcing Camden Conference in the Classroom: A Support System for Teachers   The Camden Conference invites you to become one of ten high school teachers in Maine to be selected for the 2015-2016 Program, Camden Conference in the Classroom (CCC). The heart of the program is a teacher offering a credit course for high school students on the 2016 Conference topic: The New AFRICA, and bringing four students to the complete Camden Conference, February 19-21, 2016. The Conference venue for High School Students is the Strand Theatre in Rockland, where the Conference is live streamed in HD from the Camden Opera House. The event begins on Friday evening and ends Sunday midday. For more information, please contact Dr. Karolyn Snyder at: Karolyn.snyder@verizon.net Join us! Toward Students as Global Citizens

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Camden Conference Announces New President

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce that Peter Imber has been elected President. Peter moved to Maine in 2010 with his Rockland-born wife, Jo Dondis, after a 28-year career in network television news. For most of that time he was a producer for ABC News and covered national and international stories while based in Los Angeles. His work was nominated for National News Emmys four times, winning once. He has also received a DuPont-Columbia Award and a National Press Club Award. Peter graduated from Dartmouth College, and lived in Israel in the 1970s where he was a member of a kibbutz and served in the Israel Defense Forces. After returning to the US, he received an MFA from UCLA in Motion Picture/Television Production. He has taught several classes at Belfast Senior College. Peter and his wife have three children. Peter brings enthusiasm for the Conference and a can do…

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