“The Camden Conference was astonishing. It was an eye opener for me and for others around me. I also had some great conversations with the melting pot of people I met at the Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine. As a crowd we laughed together, we cried together, and learned some critical facts about making some hard choices ahead of us. I feel much more informed than if I had just picked up my phone or watched the news.” URock student
College and university professors devise their own curriculum around the theme of the Camden Conference.
The college participation begins with the teachers. Several colleges around the state, including University Maine in Orono and Augusta, have specific courses dedicated each year to the topic of the Camden Conference. Other college teachers find the topic already on their syllabus. Because of the courses, the students arrive with an in depth knowledge of the topic, allowing them to interact with the Conference speakers. College student tickets are funded as part of their college courses and also subsidized by the Conference. The goal of the courses is for students to gain an appreciation of the dynamics and complexities in understanding and addressing global issues.
Both college and high school students find the extra activities at the Conference an important part of their experience. In Camden, University of Maine from SPIA students organize the World Café. In Rockland, the teachers organize a Welcome Event where high school students can meet with students from other schools. In both locations a student lunch is organized to give students the chance to meet each other and discuss the events of the Conference. When the Conference is over, teachers continue to use the videos of the Conference speakers as part of their classroom teaching.
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