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80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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September 2014

A Russian Point of View @ Rockland Public Library

September 18, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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International cultural exchange expert, Valery Kostin, will share the ordinary Russian point of view on the past and present of his native country, business opportunities, the changing governments, the Russian-USA relationships, the Ukrainian situation and daily life now of its citizens on Thursday, September 18 at the Rockland Public Library from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. This event is free and open to all. Valery Kostin and his family have been living in Maine for 17 years. Originally from Russia, he has been involved in international cultural exchanges for many years in more than 50 countries. Valery was the first Soviet speaker at American Camp Association Annual Conference in 1990 in Boston. After this event he became a frequent speaker in many countries, such as Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, and Venezuela. He has great experience organizing…

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October 2014

Democracy for Russia? (Lecture @ Rockland Public Library)

October 16, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Tuesday, October 14 at the Belfast Free Library from 6:30-8:00 PM Thursday, October 16, at the Rockland Public Library from 6:00-7:30PM Maine seasonal resident, Dr. Michael G. Roskin, will provide an overview of recent Russian history to today’s events and ways that the situation there might play out in the near future. He will address three important questions: Why did the Soviet Union collapse? Why did Russian democracy fail? And, does the Ukraine war portend Europe-wide conflict? These topics are sure to make for a lively Q & A! Michael G. Roskin retired in 2008 after 36 years teaching political science at Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. He earlier worked as a newsman and Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Information Agency before earning a Ph.D. at American University. In 1991-94 he was a visiting professor at the U.S. Army War College and in 2008-09 a Fulbright professor at the University…

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November 2014

Russia’s Politics – November (Discussion Series @ Rockland Public Library)

November 6, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Russia is a new democracy with strong authoritarian elements. Our discussion will consider these two aspects of contemporary Russian politics. Sympathetic observers point out that Vladimir Putin remains immensely popular and that a strong leader was needed to bring order out of the chaos of the 1990s. Russian citizens currently enjoy greater levels of personal freedom and aspiration than they have ever known despite corruption and authoritarianism. They also point out that Russian nationalism is genuine and broad-based and stems from the long-standing dualism of Russian fears and aspirations concerning its relationship with the West. Critical observers stress that under Putin, Russia has become increasingly authoritarian. Although not ideological in the old Soviet sense, Putin clearly has a vision for his own rule and for Russia that that does not respect democratic norms. Media freedom has been curtailed, corruption is unchecked and public cynicism has been growing. From this viewpoint,…

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Russia and America in the Arctic (Lecture @ Rockland Public Library)

November 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Russia’s resurgence directly affects Maine, as well as Ukraine and the Middle East. It presents major opportunities for our economy and potential threats to our national security, at the same time as complex questions about the future of Planet Earth. Join Professor Paul Holman for his talk, Russia and America in the Arctic: Conflict, Rivalry, or Cooperation? on Thursday, November 20 at the Rockland Public Library. The event runs from 6:00-7:30PM and is free and open to all. This lecture will explore an aspect of global climate change that has received too little attention from the media: the melting of the Arctic ice cap. Polar bears and other life forms are in danger, yet new sources of energy, food, and raw materials will benefit the growing population of our world. Indeed, the fabled Northwest Passage—which brought some of the first European explorers to our shores—is rapidly becoming a reality thanks…

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December 2014

Russia’s Economy – December (Discussion Series @ Rockland Public Library)

December 4, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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This discussion will explore and discuss the Russian economy from three perspectives — as an economist, a foreign policy analyst, and an average Russian citizen. As an economist, we will take a macro look at Russia’s economic model (free vs. controlled), current statistics, key markets, and risks and opportunities. As a foreign policy analyst, we will discuss who are Russia’s strategic trading partners and the potential future impact of both its abundant and scarce natural resources. Finally from the point of view of an average Russian citizen we will discuss whether the standard of living has improved, how you might become an entrepreneur, and how you feel about the oligarchs and corruption. Tuesday, December 2 at the Camden Public Library, 7-8:30PM Wednesday, December 3 at the Belfast Free Library, 6:30-8PM Thursday, December 4 at the Rockland Public Library, 6-7:30PM READINGS Russian Economy The first three sections provide a comprehensive review…

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The Russian Orthodox Church Today (Lecture @ Rockland Public Library)

December 18, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Anthony Antolini will speak on The Russian Orthodox Church Today on Thursday, December 18, at the Rockland Public Library. This event takes place from 6:00-7:30PM and is free and open to all. Note: This talk will be repeated on Thursday, January 8, 6:30PM at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. The Russian Orthodox Church today represents a far more powerful force in Russian society than it has in over a century. Throughout its history the Russian Church has been inextricably connected with political forces. These influences continue today but in new and surprising ways that seem quite foreign to the American experience. The presentation will include a brief summary of Russian Church history, a review of recent developments in the Putin administration and a look at how Eastern Orthodoxy is connected to the current crisis in Ukraine. About the speaker: Anthony Antolini, Ph.D., graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree…

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January 2015

Russia’s Neighbors – January (Discussion Series @ Rockland Public Library)

January 8, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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This discussion will focus on Russia’s relationship with the “near abroad”, neighbors that are newly independent and were former members of the Soviet Union. This has been the subject for speculation and concern in the world press and among global leaders since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Recent events in the Ukraine have led to widespread speculation as to the motivation behind Russia’s behavior and stimulated sanctions by the US and the EU. Is this Russia’s first step in a move to acquire territory that was once part of the Soviet Union? Will Russia move into other newly independent countries, such as Georgia? World leaders are looking for effective ways that may influence Putin’s decision-making. In the US there are differing opinions about whether the US is being too passive and in the EU dependent on Russian oil and gas leaders are reluctant to move too aggressively…

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September 2015

A Glimpse Into The Lives of Women and Girls in Rural, Southwestern Kenya

September 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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  Diana Coleman will give an illustrated talk on her work with Mpanzi in rural, Southwestern Kenya on Thursday, September 10, 6:00 pm at the Rockland Public Library.  This event is free and open to all. An advocate for women and girls, Diana Coleman is a board member of Mpanzi, which promotes education, microenterprise and ending violence against women and girls in rural southwestern Kenya. Her story, Glimpses of Kenya from a Mzungu Woman is in the Goose River Anthology 2015. Believing in the power of stories, Diana is interviewing and writing about inspiring women who are having new experiences their second half of life, for presentations to motivate others. With thirty-five years of leadership and fundraising experience for nonprofit organizations in health care, education, international relief, social services and technology, Diana has raised over $200 million with teams including Save the Children, the California Academy of Sciences, University of…

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October 2015

Who is Africa? – October (Discussion Series @ Rockland Public Library)

October 13, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Popular portrayals of Africa invoke images of Jungles, Dramatic Landscapes, Big Game, Blood Diamonds, Poverty, Famine and Genocide. While undeniably part of the fabric of Africa, limiting our understanding of Africa to these popular images is like defining America as Manhattan, Gun Culture, Epidemic Obesity, Hip Hop and some dramatic Imagery of the Rocky Mountains. Not wrong, but not accurate or useful either. So what is the real Africa? What are the forces that have shaped and continue to affect the cultural, political and economic landscape of Sub-Saharan Africa. And, why should we care? We will explore these questions in Part One of Our Discussion Series. Tuesday, October 6 at the Camden Public Library, 7-8:30 PM Wednesday, October 7 at the Belfast Free Library, 6:30-8 PM Tuesday, October 13 at the Rockland Public Library, 6-7:30 PM Suggested Readings   Viewpoint: How tribalism stunts African democracy, by Calestous Juma, BBC.com, November…

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What’s New About North Africa? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

October 15, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Paul Holman

  Professor Paul Holman will give a talk entitled "What’s New About North Africa? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” on Thursday, October 15, 6-7:30 pm at the Rockland Public Library. This event is free and open to all. The five countries of North Africa reflect the same trends that have been troubling the Middle East and much of Africa. All have suffered from violent attacks by Islamist terrorists, but they have not forgotten the high hopes of the “Arab Spring” that began in 2010. Morocco’s ancient monarchy is experimenting with constitutional reforms, while Libya has collapsed into chaos and tribal warfare. Military dictators rule Egypt and Algeria, but Tunisia has held the freest elections in its history and moved toward stable, tolerant democracy. This lecture will ask some hard questions. Why does democracy work in some places, but not in others? What has America accomplished by providing weapons,…

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November 2015

Africa’s Resources: Who Wins, Who Loses? – November (Discussion Series @ Rockland Public Library)

November 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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From the time of international slavery up to the present, Africa has been a source for resources.  Initially they were human resources, in the case of the US and other parts of the world, to provide inexpensive workers to do manual labor particularly in southern US, but initially the whole country.  In the 19th century, the slave trade was down to a trickle in the US, but booming in places like Brazil; and then in the 20th century came the gold and diamond trade through most of the European colonial powers.   Currently it is oil, minerals, agriculture and tree farming.  China, which prefers bi-lateral agreements handles its import-export industry in this fashion, while many of the former colonial powers, as well as the US, prefer multilateral treaty agreements.  The major question is whether the current practice is exploitative, or fair? Tuesday, November 3 at the Camden Public Library, 7-8:30 PM…

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The Burundi Crisis and Its Implications for African Politics

November 12, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Fifteen years after the signature of the Arusha Peace Agreement in 2000, Burundi is again at the brink of another war, a sign of a failed democratic process. Who is responsible and which lessons to learn for peace building and peace consolidation? Join Alain Nahimana on Thursday, November 12, 6:00 p.m., at the Rockland Public Library Community Room for his talk entitled "The Burundi Crisis and Its Implications for African Politics". This event is free and open to all. Alain Nahimana arrived in Maine in 2010 from Burundi as an asylum seeker. He is the Coordinator of the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, a coalition of 35 member organizations across the state. Son of a Burundi diplomat to Switzerland and a women’s rights activist, Alain has three siblings. All his family members have left Burundi and live abroad. He took on his parents’ political experience and life. Alain believes in the…

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December 2015

War and Reconciliation–Africa’s Dilemma – December (Discussion Series @ Rockland Public Library)

December 8, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors. What were the goals? What were the results? We will examine the implementation of this groundbreaking commission while objectively looking at its successes as well as its failures. Can a country consumed by war, injustice and slaughter find a way to not slide into the abyss? It has been said that part of saying "yes" to life and "yes to hope" is to face the wounds which threaten not to heal if they remain unexamined and untreated. The TRC opened a door to squarely face these issues. Was it worth it? Come to the library and join the discussion to find out. Tuesday, December 1 at the Camden…

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Shrinking the Hunger Gap: Agro-ecology in sub-Saharan Africa

December 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Alex Dryer will give a talk entitled, “Shrinking the Hunger Gap: Agro-ecology in sub-Saharan Africa” on Thursday, December 10, at 6:00pm at the Rockland Public Library.  This event is free and open to all. Dryer is an international agricultural consultant specializing in agro-ecology and the link between agriculture and nutrition. For the last two years, she has been the program manager for the Kounkuey Design Initiative in Nator, Ghana, a project focusing on increasing yields in drought-stricken areas, moringa production, crop diversification, and soil management. She worked previously in Liberia, where she studied the impact of palm oil plantations on food security and farming livelihoods, and she is the former Deputy Director for the Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology in Lilongwe, Malawi, where she oversaw a 22-hectare demonstration center. Alex has also worked on agricultural development projects in Haiti, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Cambodia, and New Zealand. She received her B.A.…

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January 2016

The New Africa: Challenges and Hope – January (Discussion Series @ Rockland Public Library)

January 12, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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In our fourth and final session of the Camden Conference New Africa Discussion Series, we shall reflect upon the challenges that confront Sub-Sahara Africa in joining the global community on its own terms.  And we shall examine a set of African-generated initiatives that inspire hope of such inclusion in the near future.   Toward those ends, we will look at evidence suggesting that Sub-Sahara Africa is emerging as a potential economic power and ponder whether pervasive and long-standing cultural, ethnic, economic, political, leadership, and environmental challenges can be overcome. Finally, we will assess whether in-country and regional initiatives currently underway provide beacons of hope for Sub-Sahara Africa’s emergence. Join us for an evening of unraveling the challenges and the hopes that together are Sub-Sahara Africa. Tuesday, January 5 at the Camden Public Library, 7-8:30 PM Wednesday, January 6 at the Belfast Free Library, 6:30-8 PM Tuesday, January 12 at the Rockland Public Library,…

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Mali – Yesterday and Today – History, Religion and Life

January 14, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Andrew Stancioff has spent his career assessing conditions in some of the more disadvantaged and distressed countries on earth. On Thursday, January 14, Stancioff will focus on his experiences in Mali at the Rockland Public Library from 6-7:30 pm. This event is free and open to all. Andrew Stancioff is a geologist, natural resource planner, analyst, and manager with 45 years of experience in geology, hydrology, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, climatology, and oceanography. Mr. Stancioff has worked to develop methods and models to monitor and evaluate poverty and conflict in areas under stress from climate change, overpopulation and overuse of natural resources and other forms of degradation. He has been involved in modeling, demographic health and environmental data in support of early warning systems. He has worked in North, Central and South America, Europe and South Asia. Much of his work in Africa involved assessing agricultural potential and food security.

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February 2016

Law and Human Rights in Africa

February 11, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Attorney Alyne Cistone will give a talk entitled "Law and Human Rights Issues in Africa" on Thursday, February 11, 6-7:30 pm at the Rockland Public Library. She will speak on the role of International Law in the promotion of human rights in Africa, particularly with regard to the rights of girls and women, drawing from personal experience in her native Kenya.This event is free and open to all. Alyne Kemunto Cistone is a Kenyan born Attorney. She attained her legal education both in Kenya (University of Nairobi, Kenya School of Law) and in the United States (Case Western Reserve University, School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio). Her Professional career includes previous work at the Constitution Review Commission of Kenya (Nairobi, Kenya), Amnesty International (Washington DC), the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio),Visiting Faculty at College of the Atlantic (COA, Bar Harbor, Maine) and Executive Director of Island Housing Trust (Mount Desert, ME). She volunteers…

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May 2016

From Mid Coast to Middle of the World: A Maine to Ecuador Journey

May 19, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Please join Steven Donoso at the Rockland Public Library THURSDAY MAY 19 at 6PM when he will be giving a slide-talk titled "From Mid Coast to Middle of the World: A Maine to Ecuador Journey". He will also be signing books and photographic calendars after the talk. Hope to see you there! After more than 11 years and 600-plus programs at the Rockland Public Library, Steven Donoso left the library and the Midcoast area in 2013 to move to Ecuador with his wife. Donoso had resided in Knox County since 1998 and ran the adult program series at the library from 2001 to 2013. Steve supported our community events for many years before his move, so please come support him! For more information: http://www.rocklandlibrary.org/cs/?render=event&id=d887067a-8a46-43e2-9ccf-2e45834bce2d

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September 2016

Deconstructing the U.S. Immigration System

September 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Do you want to know how the U.S. immigration system works and understand how the current system resulted in the millions of unlawful residents?  Stephen M. Bander, Esq. will speak on "Deconstructing the U.S. Immigration System" at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, September 1 at 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to all. Stephen M. Bander, Esq. concentrates his law practice in all facets of U.S. immigration and nationality law.  For over fifteen years, he has worked with his father Michael A. Bander, Esq., long-term Spruce Head resident, in their Miami office.  Mr. Bander did precedent-setting work on establishing that persons born outside of Cuba of a Cuban parent with no Cuban residence qualify under the Cuban Adjustment Act.  He received several awards of attorney's fees for actions brought against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as over 80 U.S. District Court actions challenging USCIS practice and…

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October 2016

How my journey from the Congo to America led me to embrace the concept of Global Awareness and Responsibility

October 6, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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A personal account of the challenges that many immigrants encounter in the process of integrating into a strange and complex new society is the subject of the lecture by Georges Budagu Makoko which will take place at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, October 6 at 6 pm. He was born in the southern Kivu province of Eastern DR Congo and spent his early years living among extended family in his native village, and later moved to the urban areas of the Congo to further his education. He lived for many years in war-torn Congo and Rwanda. After barely surviving the atrocities in the region, he sought and was granted asylum in the United States, taking up residency in Portland, Maine. In 2011, I became a citizen of the United States. He is now married with 2 children, living in Portland and working for Avesta Housing. Makoko's lecture is free…

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November 2016

New Mainers in Lewiston: A Panel Discussion

November 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference is sponsoring a panel discussion with new Mainers from various parts of Africa at the Rockland Public Library on November 10 at 6:00 p.m. In recent years, Lewiston has undergone a profound transformation—from homogeneous to diverse, under-populated to revitalized. Many residents who arrived in the city as refugees or asylum seekers have since become U.S. citizens. Author Cynthia Anderson will moderate a conversation among new Mainers of African origin who will talk about the lives they’ve built in Lewiston and their hopes and concerns for the city’s future. Cynthia Anderson teaches writing at Boston University, from which she also holds an M.S. in Journalism. She was born in Bangor and raised in a village on the Adroscoggin River near Rumford. Anderson’s short story collection River Talk was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014. Her in-progress book, Isbedal, tells the story of transformation in Lewiston, Maine. Features and…

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December 2016

The Bridge Between ~ from Darfur to Portland

December 1, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Ms. Ekhlas Ahmed will give a talk entitled "The Bridge Between" on Thursday, December 1, 6:00-7:30 pm at the Rockland Public Library. This event is free and open to all. A refugee and a civil rights activist from Darfur, Sudan, Ms. Ahmed fled with her family to Egypt and lived there for two years before being resettled in Portland, Maine in 2005. She has since graduated high school with honors and earned a degree in sociology with hopes of helping resettle other refugees. She is the vice President and Co-founder of Chance To Advance,  a nonprofit organization raising awareness in her community of the violence and needs in Darfur. Additionally, she is writing a book called The Bridge Between, an autobiography in poetic form to share her experiences and raise awareness about Sudan. This presentation is hosted by the Rockland Public Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of…

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January 2017

Assisting Migrant Workers in Maine

January 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Rockland Public Library will host Ian Yaffe, Executive Director of Mano en Mano on Thursday, January 5 at 6:00 p.m.  Mano en Mano / Hand in Hand  is a non-profit organization  that serves immigrant and farmworker communities in Downeast Maine. In the past few years, it has continued to provide much-needed social services and advocacy for its constituency, built Maine’s first affordable housing project for farmworkers, and run educational programs across Washington County for migrant students (including, most recently, a summer program called the Blueberry Harvest School which served 130 students in 2013). This event is free and open to all. This presentation is hosted by the Rockland Public Library and offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 30th Annual Camden Conference -Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, February 17-19, 2017. The 30th Anniversary Camden Conference Community Events Series is supported in part by the Maine Humanities Council.

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September 2017

America’s Next Conflict? The Trump Administration and China’s Territorial Disputes

September 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference will present speaker Professor Kristin Vekasi of the University of Maine at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday evening, September 7, at 6:30pm. Professor Vekasi will speak on how Chinese domestic politics and American national interests have set a course for potential conflict over the South China Sea. The talk will unpack the complex political and economics conflicts in the region, and discuss policy options to deescalate military tensions and increase peaceful cooperation. This program is free and open to all.   Professor Vekasi received her PhD at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has conducted extensive research and fieldwork across Northeast Asia, particularly China and Japan. She has been a visiting fellow with the Japan Foundation at Tokyo University, a Foreign Language and Area Studies fellow at the Harbin Institute of Technology, and a Fulbright Fellow at Tohoku University. She is a member of the US-Japan…

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October 2017

Covering Warfare; Witnessing Change: A news reporter looks back–Robin Lloyd

October 5, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Speaker: Robin Lloyd

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November 2017

The Threat and Consequences of Climate Change to World Order–Andrew Stancioff

November 2, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Andrew Stancioff on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 pm at the Rockland Public Library. He will give a talk titled The Threat and Consequences of Climate Change to World Order. This event is free and open to all.  Climate Change or “Global Warming” has enormous implications for the future of humanity and the earth itself. The threat of climate change will have an impact on many aspects of our daily lives and those of future generations. We will see more and bigger storms, floods, higher sea levels, melting ice caps and glaciers, and the disappearance of many species of plants, animals and insects. In the near future we can also expect the impact of climate change to affect human behavior more and more negatively, resulting in security threats to our country from within and from outside as other parts of the world become destabilized by the effects…

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December 2017

Facing Maine’s Demographic Challenges: The Fate of the Nation’s Oldest State–Charles Lawton

December 7, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference presents Charles Lawton on Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 pm at the Rockland Public Library. His talk is titled Facing Maine's Demographic Challenges: The Fate of the Nation's Oldest State. This event is free and open to all. Maine is the “oldest” state in the nation, as measured by median age. Maine’s “lead" in this metric has been increasing.  This talk is intended to present the basic demographic data—both for Maine alone and how Maine compares to other states and the national average—and to explore the implications of our changing demographic structure for the state’s economy, health care, education and taxes. Lawton is chief economist at Planning Decisions. He specializes in economic policy, fiscal impact studies, smart growth and economic development studies. He has worked in private business, in state government and was a professor at the University of Maine at Farmington. He holds a Ph.D. degree from The…

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January 2018

Germany in the New World Disorder-CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

January 4, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Paul Holman

The Camden Conference presents Paul Holman at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 6:30 pm. His talk is titled "Germany in the New World Disorder." This event is free and open to all. Over the past 100 years, few countries have changed their policies as sharply as the Germans.  Rising from defeat in two world wars and the ashes of Hitler’s Holocaust, they now symbolize tolerance, moderation, and stability.  Angela Merkel has just won a fourth term as Chancellor, causing many Americans to call her “the real leader of the Free World.” Even so, many Germans strongly oppose her open-door policy toward refugees, and they have elected the first extreme nationalists to Germany’s parliament in many decades.  What is their real importance?  Is German democracy in trouble?  Should Americans support Merkel’s foreign policy agenda or oppose it? Dr. Paul Holman is a Visiting Professor of International…

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Germany in the New World Disorder-Prof. Paul Holman

January 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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Paul Holman

The Camden Conference presents Paul Holman at the Rockland Public Library on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm. His talk is titled “Germany in the New World Disorder.” This event is free and open to all. Over the past 100 years, few countries have changed their policies as sharply as the Germans.  Rising from defeat in two world wars and the ashes of Hitler’s Holocaust, they now symbolize tolerance, moderation, and stability.  Angela Merkel has just won a fourth term as Chancellor, causing many Americans to call her “the real leader of the Free World.” Even so, many Germans strongly oppose her open-door policy toward refugees, and they have elected the first extreme nationalists to Germany’s parliament in many decades.  What is their real importance?  Is German democracy in trouble?  Should Americans support Merkel’s foreign policy agenda or oppose it? Dr. Paul Holman is a Visiting Professor of International…

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November 2018

“From Alaska to China and Back”-Frank O’Hara, Jr. at the Rockland Public Library

November 1, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
Rockland, ME 04841 United States
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The Camden Conference will present Frank O'Hara, Jr. at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 pm where he will discuss the commercial fishing business in his talk "From Alaska to China and Back." This event is free and open to all.  In 2015, The Free Press printed a feature article on the O'Hara fishing dynasty. The following is an excerpt from the article: Frank Jr.’s great-grandfather started the fishing family dynasty in 1904 when he launched a Gloucester sailing vessel, the Francis J. O’Hara, Jr., which fished for cod, haddock, and halibut off of Georges Bank until it was sunk by a German U-boat in 1918.  The vessel’s namesake got a $5,000 family loan to start his own business: the Atlantic and Pacific Seafood Company in Boston. That was the first real step towards becoming the O’Hara Corporation. READ MORE O'Hara will discuss the timeline of growth…

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December 2018

“Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict” talk by John Doughty at the Rockland Public Library

December 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Rockland Public Library, 80 Union Street
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The Camden Conference presents John Doughty at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, December 6 at 6:30pm. His talk is titled "Sino-U.S. Relations: Global Competitors or the Inevitability of Armed Conflict." Sino-U.S. relations are approaching a low point.  With tensions building on the trade front and the increased risk of a confrontation in the South China sea, will Thucydides’ trap be sprung?  Can the world’s two super powers move forward peacefully?  We will examine five key historical events in China’s past which may provide a guidepost for future economic and military relations between the two countries.  Further, we will discuss the ongoing trade war between China and the U.S. as well as Chinese military developments.  As America increasingly looks inward, the probability of Chinese efforts to cement their position as a global economic and military leader has risen.  Will America pivot to meet this challenge?  The answer to this question…

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