JULY 2024 NEWSLETTER

Mark Your Calendars For August 24, 2024!

Nick Schifrin, PBS NewsHour’s award-winning Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent, will share his experiences in An Evening with Nick Schifrin – Reporting on War in the 21st Century, at the Camden Opera House on August 24, sponsored by the Camden Conference in partnership with Maine Public.

June Newsletter

JUNE 2024 NEWSLETTER

BOOK LIST AVAILABLE FOR 2025 CAMDEN CONFERENCE

Many Camden Conference attendees prepare for the February event by curling up with a few good books on the upcoming topic, and the 2025 Camden Conference topic, Democracy Under Threat: A Global Perspective, offers an imposing stack of great reads to choose from. There’s Anne Applebaum’s Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism (Doubleday, 2020); Nobel Peace Prize honoree Maria Ressa’s How to Stand Up to a Dictator: The Fight for our Future (Harper Perennial, 2023); Adam Przeworski’s Crises of Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and many more in both non-fiction and fiction categories. On the fiction side, there’s Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here (Signet, Reprint, 1935), a cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy; Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America  (Houghton Mifflin, 2004); and of course George Orwell’s dystopian novel and cautionary tale, Nineteen Eighty-Four, originally published in 1949. Here’s our suggested reading list, complied by our volunteers, who have been combing the bookshelves for you:

May Newsletter

MAY 2024 NEWSLETTER

THIS CONFERENCE WAS SPECIAL

Thanks to all who attended the 37th annual Camden Conference, whether you came in person or attended virtually. Based on what you told us in your testimonials, we know this conference was special –one of our best yet! The range of topics and the expertise, humor, and candor of our speakers resonated throughout your comments. All sessions of the Conference are on video and are now available on our website and on the YouTube channel. Remarkably, some of the videos garnered 4,000 global views within a few days of being posted, demonstrating a high level of interest around the world in our content.

April 2024 Newsletter

APRIL 2024 NEWSLETTER

2024 CONFERENCE VIDEOS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

The 2024 Conference, INDIA! Rising Ambitions, Challenges at Home – was one of our liveliest, most informative and successful! In our post-conference survey, one attendee wrote, “Another tour de force…Count me as an enthusiastic fan!” In keeping with our commitment to fostering informed discussion and sharing what we have learned with our wider community, we provide complimentary access to the 2024 Conference videos, as well as those of past Conferences. To enjoy the videos, please visit our website.

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MARCH 2024 NEWSLETTER

The 37th Camden Conference was a real crowd-pleaser!

The audiences in the venerable Camden Opera House and in the live-stream venues were engaged, entertained and educated by the roster of excellent speakers, and as Moderator David Brancaccio said in his closing remarks “You are now the smartest person in any room regarding India!”

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FEBRUARY 2024 NEWSLETTER

37th Camden Conference Begins in Just 14 Days!

The Camden Conference, Maine’s highly regarded global affairs forum, is putting this year’s focus on India, with the upcoming Conference, INDIA: Rising Ambitions, Challenges at Home, February 16 – 18 at the Camden Opera House…

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JANUARY 2024 NEWSLETTER

Happy New Year! One-Month from our the conference and speakers in the news… 

Our Camden Conference 2024 speakers are making news! And in a little over a month they will be making more news, live from the stage of the Camden Opera House, in a Conference you will not want to miss. (…)

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DECEMBER 2023 NEWSLETTER

INDIA 2024 Conference Tickets Now Available,Women Identity in India (SPECIAL EVENT), 

It’s time to book your passage to INDIA! Tickets are now on sale for members and the public for the 2024 Camden Conference, INDIA: Rising Ambitions, Challenges at HomeThe Conference will be live at the beautiful Camden Opera House the weekend of February 16-18 and live-streamed to the Strand Theatre in Rockland and Luther Bonney Hall on the USM campus in Portland. (…)

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NOVEMBER 2023 NEWSLETTER

Membership Drive is Underway! IN MEMORIAM: Charlotte Singleton, 2024 CAMDEN CONFERENCE SPEAKERS, SPECIAL EVENTS (…)

On a sunny Saturday morning in September, we warmly welcomed teachers from our participating Maine High schools to start planning the Camden Conference in the Classroom Program (CCC) for this academic year. Charlotte Singleton, Program Committee Chair, gave an overview of this year’s captivating topic.  (…)

OCTOBER 2023 NEWSLETTER

CAMDEN CONFERENCE in the CLASSROOM, COMMUNITY EVENTS, Special event: Medvedev “Putin’s World War III” (…)

On a sunny Saturday morning in September, we warmly welcomed teachers from our participating Maine High schools to start planning the Camden Conference in the Classroom Program (CCC) for this academic year. Charlotte Singleton, Program Committee Chair, gave an overview of this year’s captivating topic.  (…)

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SEPTEMBER 2023 NEWSLETTER

WHY INDIA?, INDIA WATCH, Sergei Medvedev, new staff, (…)

Seventy-five years after gaining independence, India has joined the ranks of the world’s most powerful nations. With 1.4 billion people, it has surged past China in population and in its economic growth. Indian science and technology have triumphed over Russia’s in the race to the moon. India’s military is the fourth largest in the world, with its troops stationed along its borders with neighboring countries who also possess nuclear weapons.  (…)

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AUGUST 2023 NEWSLETTER

Festival of Chariots, Sampling India’s Popular Cinema — and Global Reach, Save the dates for special event, (…)

Every year, in the mystical land of Jagannath Puri in India, at the beginning of the monsoon season, Jagannath comes out along with His brother Baladev and sister Subhadra, and they are put on 3 magnificent chariots. Almost a million people throng to the city and pull these 3 chariots with love and devotion, accompanied by joyful spiritual music and graceful dancing. (…)

JULY 2023 NEWSLETTER

Essay Contest Award Winners, OSHER at Dartmouth Summer Series, In the World with Nicholas Burns, (…)

Bill Taylor would be well pleased with this year’s winners of his namesake Bill Taylor Essay Contest. Congratulations to Hailey Gagnon of Brewer High School (middle), Chris Pyle of Gould Academy (left), and Gabriel Christian Soctomah (right) and Meriel Willey (not pictured) of Piscataquis Community High School for their award-winning essays based on the theme of the 2023 Camden Conference, Global Trade and Politics – Managing TurbulenceAll the award winners were Camden Conference in the Classroom students (…)

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JUNE 2023 NEWSLETTER

David Brancaccio event | Suggested Readings | We are Hiring (…)

We have an exciting August event on tap for you! David Brancaccio, the personable and knowledgeable host of the public radio program “Marketplace Morning Report”, and a favorite Camden Conference moderator, is coming to Rockland’s Strand Theatre for a Camden Conference fund-raiser benefit. David’s presentation is titled, What Pirates, the Monopoly Game, and the Tesla Guy tell us about Inequality in America, and tickets will be sold on a pay-as-you-can basis (…)

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MAY 2023 NEWSLETTER

2023 Camden Conference Highlights is Hot Off the Press!

To all who attended the 36th annual Camden Conference, in person or virtually, THANK YOU! We heard from many of you that you were surprised that global trade could be made so interesting, but Global Trade and Politics: Managing Turbulence did just that!

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APRIL 2023 NEWSLETTER

2023 CONFERENCE VIDEOS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

If you attended the conference in one of our venues you no doubt noticed something you did not see prior to the pandemic, empty seats! What you didn’t see were the nearly 600 folks watching from home virtually. We wanted to know why people were choosing to watch from home so we included a question on our post-Conference survey. Covid-concerns were still a factor and we hope that will be reduced in the years to come, but we are pleased to find, in whatever form it took, our audience still appreciates this opportunity to hear “informed discourse on world issues.” We’d like to share some of the additional comments sent in by our attendees: