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Camden Conference @ the Library

We partner each year with the Camden Conference to bring a series of original programs to our community in anticipation of the annual conference held in February. Three esteemed speakers will deliver virtual talks related to the 2021 Camden Conference theme, The Geopolotics of the Arctic: A region in Peril.

2021 Camden Conference poster

Thanks to the Camden Conference, all three Scarborough Public Library virtual talks are free and open to the public. Register for each talk below.

For additional information about the three virtual programs co-hosted by the Scarborough Public Library, email Lucy Norvell, Coordinator of Programming and Communications at ljnorvell [at]

In the interest of health and safety, the 2021 Conference will be professionally produced and livestreamed from the familiar Camden Opera House stage in a high-quality format to those who have subscribed. Please visit the Camden Conference website for details and Conference pricing.

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When: Three evenings at 6:30 in early 2021 (see each event listed below}
Where: Online via Zoom (register for each event to receive link)

Upcoming Events

Enduring Connections: Maine, the Arctic, and the Edge of the North Atlantic

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 6:30pm

An illustrated lecture by Susan Kaplan, Professor of Anthropology & Director of Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center at Bowdoin College. The northern North Atlantic is one of the most challenging environments in which to make a living; yet people have thrived here for thousands of years.

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Photograph: The Bowdoin in Winter Quarters, 1927-28. Gift of Donald and Miriam MacMillan, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College

China & the Arctic

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 6:30pm

Matt Ward, retired Foreign Service Officer and Scarborough resident, will discuss China’s specific interests in the Arctic beginning with China’s ratification of the Svalbard Treaty in 1925 up to its current  scientific research, trade, and shipping routes. After his presentation, Matt will set aside time to answer specific questions from members of the audience. 

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