Face Time: Erin Towns, teacher will travel-feature in Sun Journal

Face Time: Erin Towns, teacher will travel sunjournal.com/2019/09/08/face-time-erin-towns-teacher-will-travel/By Lindsay Tice Sun JournalSeptember 8, 2019 Edward Little High School social studies teacher Erin Towns in her classroom, where a giant map of the world shows pins indicating places she and her students have visited. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Erin Towns was teaching social studies one day in 2008 when a student asked her,”Why does this matter?” It wasn’t an outlandish thing to ask. In her early years of teaching, Towns had struggled with that question herself. That same day in 2008, she received an administration email with the subject line, “Are you interested in teacher travel?” She headed to the central office and promptly gave her answer: Yes. Since then, Towns has traveled to more than a dozen countries. Sometimes she’s part of fellowship programs for teachers. Other times she leads student trips. Always she brings what she’s learned back to the classroom,…

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Camden Conference in the World-March 2019

Three of the 2019 Camden Conference speakers – keynoter and bestselling author Martin Jacques, director of the Kissinger Institute on China at the Woodrow Wilson Center Robert Daly, and University of Michigan professor Yuen Yuen Ang – began their February visit to Maine with a lively Maine Calling conversation on Maine Public Radio on the conference theme of “is This China’s Century?” Daly hit the ground running after the Conference, too, addressing the ongoing trade dispute between the US and China just a day later on a call-in program on C Span. When asked by a caller from Maine about the negative impact of Chinese counter tariffs on Maine lobsters, Daly suggested US consumers and businesses will need to accept some pain if they want to get China to change its trade and economic practices. He also mentioned his trip to the Camden Conference (minute 9:06). The day before the…

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Camden Conference focuses on China-by Ron Bancroft (Village Soup, Feb. 26)

“Is this China’s Century” was the question posed at the 32nd Camden Conference this past weekend. My conclusion, after hearing from some of the globe’s most accomplished China experts, was an emphatic yes. This is likely to be China’s century. The United States needs to find a way to live amicably with that outcome. China is on a remarkable 40-year economic run, initiated by Deng Xiaoping in 1979 with his pragmatic reforms to open up the economic system and downplay the role of the Communist party. China is now the second largest economy in the world and is projected to surpass that of the U.S. by 2030 on a purchasing power basis, according to keynoter Martin Jacques, a professor at Cambridge University. Jacques, who has taught and lectured extensively in China, also noted that the U.S. was a country in relative decline – thus hastening the inevitable predominance of the…

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Camden Conference in the World-January 2019

No fewer than five speakers from past and upcoming Camden Conferences participated in a major study on “Chinese Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance,” issued by the Hoover Institution, the Asia Society and the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in late November. John Pomfret, a speaker at the last Camden Conference on China, in 2006, introduced that report in the Washington Post the day before its publication, terming it “the most comprehensive study of China’s influence operations in the United States to date.” Pomfret was a long-time correspondent for the Post, in China and elsewhere, before moving back to China to work on his 2016 book The Beautiful Country and the Middle Kingdom. Another 2006 Conference speaker and participant in the recent study, David Shambaugh, argued that China’s growth potential is being hamstrung by the relatively repressive stance of President Xi Jinping in the Jaw-Jaw podcast series from the War…

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Thank you from the CC President

To members, supporters, and friends of the Camden Conference As we start the new year, I must admit that I long for some good news.  Populism and authoritarian regimes are on the rise worldwide and democracies seem to be in sharp decline.  Clearly part of this trend is driven by the refugee crisis, a topic that was covered by our 2017 Camden Conference, “Refugees and Global Migration:  Humanity’s Crisis.”  All forecasts point to this issue’s putting more pressure, not less, on Europe, the United States, and other nations in coming years. That message was also put forth by our speakers at the 2018 Camden Conference, “New World Disorder and America’s Future.” On the media and information front, technology and social media have turned the world upside down in less than two decades.  The new information ecosystem has given authoritarian regimes and bad actors new tools—including social media platforms such as…

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Camden Conference In the World-September 2018

It’s been an active summer for Camden Conference alumni speakers, including on topics directly related to our 2019 theme “Is This China’s Century?” Hannah Beech explored the state of China’s relationship with Malaysia under Malaysia’s recently returned leader of an earlier era, Mahathir Mohamad. A 2011 Camden Conference speaker on “How Asian Journalists Operate with State-Controlled Media,” Beech is now southeast Asia Bureau Chief for the New York Times, having served for a decade as East Asia bureau chief for Time magazine. Thea Lee defended a thesis that is at the core of the percolating trade war between China and the US — Globalization Has Undermined America’s Working Class – in this Intelligence Squared debate aired on public radio. For the full debate, listen here. Thea is president of the Economic Policy Institute, past deputy chief of staff and chief international economist for the AFL-CIO, and a speaker at the…

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Coverage of the Camden Conference in the news

Our recent Conference was featured in articles, blogs and letters to the editor in several local, and national, news outlets. In addition to the Stephen Walt article in the Wall Street Journal previously posted, we had these: Bangor Daily News, February 19, 2018 The Free Press, February 22, 2018 Portland Press Herald, February 24, 2018 Village Soup, February 22, 2018 Image from Stefano Tijerina’s article, Bangor Daily News blog, Glocal

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2017 College and University Student Award Winners

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 2017 Conference theme: Refugees and Global Migration. First prize went to Jonas Eichenlaub, who participated in a 3-credit college course at the University College at Rockland as a dual enrollment, High School Aspirations student, for his essay entitled Refugees Can Be Part of the Solution: The Challenges of Lebanon. Second prize went to Zoe FitzGerald-Beckett from the University of Maine at Augusta for her essay entitled Climate Change Refugees: "What's in a Name?" Third prize was awarded to Brad O'Brien from the University of Maine at Augusta for his essay entitled Oh, Child Left Behind: The Next “Lost Generation”. The Conference congratulates our winners. 1st Prize                 Jonas Eichenlaub, University College at Rockland Center, High School Aspirations student 2nd Prize            ... Read More

Camden Conference Cordially Invites You On A Classic Adventure To Greece: Beauty, History & Refugee Issues

Camden Conference in partnership with Classic Escapes is organizing a trip to Greece in October 2017. Click below for full brochure:  Camden Conference – Greece – Beauty, History and Refugee Issues with Classic Escapes  October 6 To 16, 2017 Your Itinerary Day 1~Friday~October 6 Boston/En Route This evening your journey begins as you board your overnight flight to Athens.  (Meals Aloft) Day 2~Saturday~October 7 Athens Arrive in Athens, named after Athena – the goddess of wisdom – who, according to legend, won the city after defeating Poseidon in a duel. The goddess’ victory was celebrated by the construction of a temple on the Acropolis, the site of the city’s earliest settlement in Attica. As a city state, the coastal capital of Athens reached its heyday in the fifth century BC. The office of the statesman, Pericles – between 461BC and his death in 429BC – saw an unprecedented spate of construction…

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