LA students at the Strand Theater in Rockland during the 2016 Camden Conference

LA students at the Strand Theater in Rockland during the 2016 Camden Conference. L to R: Lauren Pusey-Nazzaro, Jacob Maker, Thai Dao, and Ashley Eugley.

Lincoln Academy Social Studies teacher Robert Breckenridge and four students, Lauren Pusey-Nazzaro, Jacob Maker, Thai Dao, and Ashley Eugley, attended the 29th Annual Camden Conference on February 19-21, thanks to the generosity of former LA trustee Maggie Atwood. They attended the Rockland venue at the Strand Theater, once of several venues of the Camden Conference.

“The topic for the conference this year was ‘The New Africa,'” said Dr. Breckenridge. “Speakers from all over the world discussed modern Africa’s challenges and goals. It was a wonderful conference.” The keynote speaker was Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, the well-known West African journalist who reports on African issues for NPR. “It was three days of brilliant analysis and presentations. Special afternoon and evening events were organized for high school and college students from all over Maine, and these brought our students into close contact with career U.S. diplomats and African scholars and citizens of all sorts.”

IMG_1985The participating students are current or recent members of Dr. Breckenridge’s World Studies Class.
“Thai Dao is a senior from Vietnam, and the Conference impacts him most directly because of his career plans,” said Dr. Breckenridge. “He has already been accepted to a couple excellent American universities and he plans to study land use planning and development, a major issue in both Africa and his homeland.”
The other three students who attended the conference are current sophomores. “The educational impact on the sophomore students is also positive. It brought them into direct contact with people from African lands they had already studied at Lincoln, and made real for them the dynamics of modern Africa we had explored from the outside.”