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October 2019

Film Screening at Rockport Opera House-“Like” and discussion with Catherine Steiner-Adair

October 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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The Camden Conference presents a screening of the short film "Like" with a Q & A following with Catherine Steiner-Adair on Saturday, October 19 at 2pm at the Rockport Opera House. More than 2 billion people have smartphones today. And we check our phones on average an incredible 150 times every day. Technology makes our lives easier in so many ways - but what is the cost of our dependence, and our children’s reliance, on screens? LIKE reveals the true effects of technology on the brain and uncovers the impact social media can have on our lives. The film’s mission is to educate, inform and inspire people to effectively self-regulate their screen time. This event is open to all. Donations are appreciated.  Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant and author of the award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age…

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“Global Media and the Representation of Women in the News”-Marie Tessier talks at the Belfast Free Library

October 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Belfast Free Library, 106 High Street
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Marie Tessier at the Belfast Free Library on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm. Marie is a women's engagement evangelist moderating comment to the Opinion pages of NYTimes and contributing to the TakingNote blog. Her ambition is to bring women to equal participation in news comments by the 2020 centennial of the 19th Amendment. This event is free and open to all. Marie Tessier works at the intersection of democracy, news and interactive media as moderator of reader comment to the Opinion pages of NYTimes.com, where she is an authority on including women's voices. She is writing a book for MIT Press, "Suffragist: Women, the Web and the Future of Democracy," 2019. She was a women's engagement strategist with the Coral Project, a collaborative software development project of the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews that is now owned and operated by Vox Media.…

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Fake News: Its Rise and Challenges-Marty Gagnon at Ocean View in Falmouth

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ocean View, 74 Lunt Road
Falmouth, 04105
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The Camden Conference presents Marty Gagnon on Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30pm at the Ocean View's Lunt Auditorium in Falmouth. This event is free and open to the public. This brief session will provide participants with tips to look critically and analyze both digital, television, and print media resources.  Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation and the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases and social forces. This insightful presentation will also examine the role of technology in the creation and spread of “fake news” and suggest helpful resources to verify images and fact check news stories. Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in a…

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The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring-Kathleen Howard Sutherland speaks at the Kennebunk Free Library

October 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kathleen Howard Sutherland at the Kennebunk Free Library on Saturday, October 26 at 2:00 to discuss the role of social media in the Arab Spring. “I am going down on January 25th and will say no to corruption, no to this regime…I, a girl, am going down to Tahrir Square, and I will stand alone. And I’ll hold up a banner. Perhaps people will show some honor.” With this call posted on video, a young Egyptian woman helped spark a remarkable mass uprising, cutting across classes and sectors of the society, against a 30 year old regime in early 2011.  This call illustrated the power of modern technology, in this case social media, to activate a popular uprising against a regime.  Sutherland will be discussing the various forms of media that were used to promote political action on the streets against authoritarian regimes across the Middle…

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November 2019

Fake News: Its Challenges, Consequences, and Rise-presented by Martin Gagnon at the Kennebunk Free Library

November 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Kennebunk Free Library, 112 Main Street
Kennebunk, 04043 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Martin Gagnon, former journalist and current reference librarian, at the Kennebunk Free Library on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 pm to discuss Fake News: Its Challenges, Consequences, and Rise. This brief session will provide participants with tips to look critically and analyze both digital, television, and print media resources.  Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation and the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases and social forces. This insightful presentation will also examine the role of technology in the creation and spread of “fake news” and suggest helpful resources to verify images and fact check news stories. Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago…

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Poets Face Change

November 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Cushing Public Library, 39 Cross Road
Cushing, ME 04563 United States
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The Camden Conference presents "Poets Face Change" on Sunday, November 10 at 1pm at the Cushing Library. The program is facilitated by Ellen Goldsmith and is free and open to all. You may wonder how a poetry session illuminates this year’s Camden Conference topic. Perhaps not head-on, but poets explore many of  the questions the media revolution raises. And certainly, poets grapple with the shifts and demands of a changing world and a changing self. By probing beneath the surface, uncovering emotional, psychological and social implications, poems speak to our thoughts and emotions. In this participatory session, ten different people will read and respond to poems from familiar voices like Matthew Arnold and W.S. Auden and from contemporary poets like Naomi Shihab Nye and our current poet laureate Joy Harjo. Ellen Goldsmith’s books include Where to Look, Such Distances and No Pine Tree in This Forest Is Perfect which won…

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The Case for Unbiased News-Richard Valdmanis speaks at the Scarborough Public Library

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Richard Valdmanis at the Scarborough Public Library on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to all. A significant change in the news media in recent decades has been the shift toward partisan coverage. Technological and political factors have been major contributors, from the impact of presidential tweets on financial markets to how the US is struggling with the realities of climate science. In his presentation, The Case for Unbiased News, Richard Valdmanis will discuss how this trend under-serves news consumers and can lead to poor decision making - from the halls of finance, to Congress, and to the voting booth. Valdmanis will make the case for news outlets and news consumers to make a better effort to produce and seek out coverage that is free from partisan bias.  Richard Valdmanis joined Reuters in 1999 as a news assistant on the energy…

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The Role of Social media in the Arab Spring-Kathleen Howard Sutherland at Ocean View in Falmouth

November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ocean View, 74 Lunt Road
Falmouth, 04105
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The Camden Conference presents Kathleen Howard Sutherland, PhD, at Ocean View's Lunt Auditorium in Falmouth on Wednesday, November 13 at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to all. World regimes’ use of social media in their reactions to popular uprisings reflects the new power of modern technology…and the varied users’ skill in employing it. In her presentation, The Role of Social media in the Arab Spring, Kathleen Howard Sutherland will discuss the various forms of media that were used to promote political action on the streets against authoritarian regimes across the Middle East – including the video posted by a young Egyptian woman that cut across classes and sectors of society to help spark a remarkable mass uprising. Kathleen Howard Sutherland, PhD, is Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Women’s Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (BGSU) specializing in Middle East Studies. She taught at the American…

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The Role of Social Media in the Arab Spring-Kathleen Howard Sutherland speaks at the Scarborough Public Library

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kathleen Howard Sutherland, PhD, at the Scarborough Public Library on Sunday, November 17 at 2pm. This event is free and open to all. World regimes’ use of social media in their reactions to popular uprisings reflects the new power of modern technology...and the varied users’ skill in employing it. In her presentation, The Role of Social media in the Arab Spring, Kathleen Howard Sutherland will discuss the various forms of media that were used to promote political action on the streets against authoritarian regimes across the Middle East - including the video posted by a young Egyptian woman that cut across classes and sectors of society to help spark a remarkable mass uprising. Kathleen Howard Sutherland, PhD, is Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Women’s Studies at Bowling Green State University in Ohio (BGSU) specializing in Middle East Studies. She taught at the American University…

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Beyond the Great Firewall: Censorship and Politics in Contemporary China-Kristin Vekasi at the Camden Public Library

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Camden Public Library, 55 Main Street
Camden, ME 04843 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Kristin Vekasi at the Camden Public Library on November 9 at 7pm. Her talk is titled "Beyond the Great Firewall: Censorship and Politics in Contemporary China". This event is free and open to all.  The Chinese government has a sophisticated censorship regime, where they directly control or manage the the information their citizens can access. This talk explores how information is censored in China, and the implications of censorship for the continued rule of the Chinese Communist Party and China’s foreign relations. Kristin Vekasi is an assistant professor in the department of political science and School of Policy and International Affairs. She received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has conducted extensive research and fieldwork across Northeast Asia, particularly in Japan and China. She has been a visiting fellow with the Japan Foundation at Tokyo University, a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University, and a Foreign…

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Fake News: Its Rise and Challenges-Marty Gagnon at York Public Library

November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
York Public Library, 15 Long Sands Rd,
York, ME 03909 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Martin Gagnon at the York Public Library on Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 pm to discuss Fake News: Its Rise and Challenges. This event is free and open to the public. This brief session will provide participants with tips to look critically and analyze both digital, television, and print media resources.  Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation and the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases and social forces. This insightful presentation will also examine the role of technology in the creation and spread of “fake news” and suggest helpful resources to verify images and fact check news stories. Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled…

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December 2019

Media and Foreign Policy-Andrea Hester at Ocean View in Falmouth

December 4 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Ocean View, 74 Lunt Road
Falmouth, 04105
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The Camden Conference presents Andrea Stanley Hester on Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30pm at Ocean View's Lunt Auditorium in Falmouth. This event is free and open to all. Andrea serves as second Vice President of WACM and chair of Academic WorldQuest. She is an instructor at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine as well as Vice President of the Harvard Club in Maine. In her former life, she was an editor/writer for the President of Harvard University and administrator of the International Visitors Program in the Office of the University Marshal at Harvard. She has a bachelor's degree in modern European history from Tufts University and a Master's degree in Government from the Harvard University Extension School. Andrea and her husband reside in North Yarmouth with their two daughters.

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The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century-Presented by Dan Kennedy

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04070 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Dan Kennedy at the Scarborough Public Library on Thursday, December 12 at 6:30pm. This event is free and open to all. The fate of newspapers, whether in print or online, matters to democracy. Despite the battering they have taken during the past several decades, they remain crucial for holding government and other large institutions to account. In his recent book, The Return of the Moguls: How Jeff Bezos and John Henry Are Remaking Newspapers for the Twenty-First Century, Dan Kennedy explores how that iron core might be preserved. His presentation will examine this new breed of wealthy newspaper publishers and whether they have any lessons to offer for the beleaguered news business. The Return of the Moguls has been critically praised by Journalism, Editor & Publisher, The Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal. Dan Kennedy is a nationally known media commentator and a regular panelist…

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Book Discussion at Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth-“The Circle” by Dave Eggars

December 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096 United States
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The Camden Conference presents a book discussion lead by Karen Massey on "The Circle" by David Eggars at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth on Thursday, December 12 at 7pm.  The event will take place on the second floor of the library, 215 Main St. Yarmouth. 04096. It is free and open to all. From the New York Times review, Nov. 1, 2013: Mae Holland, a woman in her 20s, arrives for her first day of work at a company called the Circle. She marvels at the beautiful campus, the fountain, the tennis and volleyball courts, the squeals of children from the day care center “weaving like water.” The first line in the book is: “ ‘My God,’ Mae thought. ‘It’s heaven.’ ” And so we know that the Circle in Dave Eggers’s new novel, “The Circle,” will be a hell. The time is somewhere in the not-too-distant future —…

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January 2020

Avocado Toast and other Health Claims: The Challenge of Medical Reporting and Misinformation-Marty Gagnon at Auburn Public Library

January 7, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street
Auburn, ME 04210 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Marty Gagnon on Tuesday, January 7 at 1pm at the Auburn Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the challenges for the reporter and information consumer in assessing the validity of a health report.  The session will look closely at some of the common myths which drive policy on issues such as immigration and vaccination. Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in a media literacy initiative. The Media Literacy at Your Library was a project of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with many other partners.  The training and interactive workshop featured the…

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Industrial Propaganda and Its Contribution to Fake News-Marty Gagnon at the Auburn Public Library

January 14, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street
Auburn, ME 04210 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Marty Gagnon on Tuesday, January 14 at 1pm at the Auburn Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Using three industry case standards, this presentation will highlight how big business can make the choice to manipulate the media and contribute to the pool of “Fake News.” Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in a media literacy initiative. The Media Literacy at Your Library was a project of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with many other partners.  The training and interactive workshop featured the curriculum of the Stony Brook University Center for News. In 2018, Gagnon used the training and his past…

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Fake News: Its Rise and Challenges-Marty Gagnon at the Auburn Public Library

January 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Auburn Public Library, 49 Spring Street
Auburn, ME 04210 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Marty Gagnon on Tuesday, January 21 at 1pm at the Auburn Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. This brief session will provide participants with tips to look critically and analyze both digital, television, and print media resources.  Through videos and slides, the session will examine the history of misinformation and the psychology of irrationality brought about by biases and social forces. This insightful presentation will also examine the role of technology in the creation and spread of “fake news” and suggest helpful resources to verify images and fact check news stories. Gagnon, prior to his work in the public library profession, was a journalist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire.  In October 2017, Gagnon and a small team from the Auburn Public Library along with Sun Journal Editor Judith Myers traveled to Chicago to participate in a media literacy initiative.…

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The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV–100 minutes with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco

January 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:40 pm
Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back for a thirteenth 100-minute History Roadshow for 2020!  Each year they choose as their topic something at least vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s upcoming Camden Conference.  It is informative, humorous and above all entertaining. The show will take place Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.   No advanced registration is necessary, but donations are appreciated. Tom DeMarco is the author of fifteen books (his speculative novel, The One-way Time Traveler, is the latest) and a Principal of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a technology think tank with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.  Mac Deford is a retired Foreign Service officer with service primarily in the Middle East.  He had a subsequent career…

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The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV–100 minutes with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco

January 24, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:10 pm
Rockport Opera House, 6 Central Street
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back for a thirteenth 100-minute History Roadshow for 2020!  Each year they choose as their topic something at least vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s upcoming Camden Conference.  It is informative, humorous and above all entertaining. The show will take place Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.   No advanced registration is necessary, but donations are appreciated. Tom DeMarco is the author of fifteen books (his speculative novel, The One-way Time Traveler, is the latest) and a Principal of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a technology think tank with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.  Mac Deford is a retired Foreign Service officer with service primarily in the Middle East.  He had a subsequent career…

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The Front Page: A History of the News from Town Criers to TV–100 minutes with Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco

January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:40 pm
Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave
Belfast, ME 04915 United States
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Mac Deford and Tom DeMarco are back for a thirteenth 100-minute History Roadshow for 2020!  Each year they choose as their topic something at least vaguely relevant to the subject of that year’s upcoming Camden Conference.  It is informative, humorous and above all entertaining. The show will take place Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m. at the Portland Public Library, Friday, January 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House and Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast.   No advanced registration is necessary, but donations are appreciated. Tom DeMarco is the author of fifteen books (his speculative novel, The One-way Time Traveler, is the latest) and a Principal of The Atlantic Systems Guild, a technology think tank with offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany.  Mac Deford is a retired Foreign Service officer with service primarily in the Middle East.  He had a subsequent career…

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February 2020

2020 Camden Conference-The Media Revolution: Changing the World

February 21, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

In 2020, the Camden Conference will explore the role of the media in global affairs. The Conference will focus on how people in countries around the world get information, how governments and entities in the private sector filter and select what will appear in print or on the Internet, and how the quality and accuracy of information delivered to the public and decision-makers have consequences domestically and internationally. More information coming soon.

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2020 Camden Conference-The Media Revolution: Changing the World

February 22, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

In 2020, the Camden Conference will explore the role of the media in global affairs. The Conference will focus on how people in countries around the world get information, how governments and entities in the private sector filter and select what will appear in print or on the Internet, and how the quality and accuracy of information delivered to the public and decision-makers have consequences domestically and internationally. More information coming soon.

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2020 Camden Conference-The Media Revolution: Changing the World

February 23, 2020
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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until February 23, 2020

Camden Opera House Camden, ME United States + Google Map

In 2020, the Camden Conference will explore the role of the media in global affairs. The Conference will focus on how people in countries around the world get information, how governments and entities in the private sector filter and select what will appear in print or on the Internet, and how the quality and accuracy of information delivered to the public and decision-makers have consequences domestically and internationally. More information coming soon.

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