Populism & Nationalism in Europe, Feb. 9, via Zoom

The Camden Conference and the Auburn Public Library invite you to a presentation by Francesco Duina, Professor of Sociology and European Studies at Bates College.  He has held appointments at Harvard University, Copenhagen Business School, and the University of British Columbia (where he was Professor and Head of Sociology from 2013-2015).  He is the author of nearly 30 articles in leading academic journals, op-ed pieces in newspapers such as the LA Times and The Guardian, and six books.  The most recent is Broke and Patriotic: Why Poor Americans Love Their Country (Stanford University Press, 2018).

Right-wing populist parties have scored major victories in Europe.  What can explain their success?  This talk will explore a rarely discussed factor:  their surprising ability to weave right-wing ideologies with left-wing or progressive positions.  These positions include support for gays, gender equality, and generous welfare policies.  Why and how do these parties do this?  We will consider the cases of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, the National Rally in France, and the Sweden Democrats.  In the conclusion, we will reflect on whether any of these observations apply to Donald Trump.

This program will be offered as a an online program via Zoom.   For our planning purposes, registration is required.  To register, click the link here or email dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org.  The Zoom link will be emailed to you on February 9.The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues.  

The 2022 conference “Europe: Challenged at Home and Abroad” will take place February 25-27, 2022, and will entirely virtual, live-streamed from Camden, Maine.  For more details on this Conference, visit their website at camdenconference.org. 

Date:Wednesday Feb 9, 2022

Time:4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Location: online via zoom

Book Discussion: How Democracies Die, online via Zoom, Feb. 16

The Camden Conference and the Auburn Public Library invite you to a book discussion — “How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt.

Since 2016, we have been asking the question, “Is our democracy in danger?”  Drawing on decades of research and a wide range of historical and global examples, from 1930s Europe to contemporary Hungary, Turkey, and Venezuela to the American South during Jim Crow, Levitsky and Ziblatt show how democracies die — and how ours can be saved.  The authors are professors of government at Harvard University.  Levitsky’s research focuses on Latin America and the developing world; Ziblatt studies Europe from the 19th century to the present. (Information from book jacket, provided by publisher.)

This discussion will take place via Zoom and participants will be emailed the Zoom link on February 16.  To register, please contact the Reference Desk at 207-333-6640, ext 4.  Please be sure to give us an email address when registering.   Thanks to funding provided by the Camden Conference, the copy of the book is yours to keep.

The Camden Conferencewas founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues.

The 2022 conference “Europe: Challenged at Home and Abroad” will take place February 25-27, 2022, and will be entirely virtual, live-streamed from Camden, Maine.  For more details on this Conference, visit their website at camdenconference.org.

Date:Wednesday Feb 16, 2022

Time:4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Location:Online via Zoom

Read Around Maine Winter Reading Challenge

This challenge takes places from January 14 – March 18.

For this challenge, you need to read a book based off of the keywords for each region. You will be reading books based off of 2 keywords, for a total of 10 books. Please write down the keywords you’re using and the books you read.

They Keywords:

Southern Coast (dark blue): Beach, Portland, Lighthouse, City (or urban area), 1600s, Fire, elephants, lobsters

Downeast (teal): Islands, Tourist, Wabanaki Nation/Native American, Puffins, potatoes, blueberries, rocks

Central Interior (Red): Factories, Logging, French Canadian, Lewiston/Auburn, water power/rivers

Western Mountains (Pink): Hiking, Winter, lakes, Norway

Northwoods (green): Moose, Small Town, Wilderness, Bangor, Bees, King/horror, potatoes, Canada, snow

Come in to get a flyer to fill out or you can track your progress here online.

You will receive a prize for reading your ten books at the end of this challenge.

Film & Discussion: The European Union Explained, Feb. 3 online via Zoom

The Camden Conference and the Auburn Public Library invite you to a film screening and discussion of the documentary, The European Union Explained.  Key topics will include the history of the European Union, the EU institutions, and arguments for and against.

“Conceived as a noble cause, to prevent another war in Europe, the EU has become embroiled in controversy.  But what is the EU?  How does it work?  Should we love it or hate it?”

This program will take place via Zoom, and registration is required.    Participants will be emailed a Zoom link on February 3.  To register, click here or email dwallace@auburnpubliclibrary.org

The Camden Conference was founded in 1987 as a nonprofit, non-partisan educational organization whose mission is to foster informed discourse on world issues.  

The 2022 conference “Europe: Challenged at Home and Abroad” will take place February 25-27, 2022, and will be in person in Camden, Maine.  For more details on this Conference, visit their website at camdenconference.org. 

Date:Thursday Feb 3, 2022

Time:4:00 PM  –  5:00 PM

Location: Online via zoom

Now Available: Comics Online!

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