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India: Rising Ambitions, Challenges at Home.

PPL partners each year with the Camden Conference to bring a series of original programs to our community in addition to the conference itself, held in mid-coast Maine. In 2024, the conference celebrates its 37th season. The theme will be India: Rising Ambitions, Challenges at Home. Portland Public Library is offering three related Community Events this fall.   The conference itself, is scheduled for mid-coast Maine on the weekend of February 16-18, 2024.

Seventy-five years after independence, India is on track to have both the world’s largest population and the second largest economy. It is pursuing a unique path as a democracy and as an ambitious player in global affairs. Possession of nuclear weapons gives it prestige globally and confidence in its security amid unstable neighbors. Domestically, a diverse, complicated, multicultural mosaic of issues—from poverty, caste, religion, to repression of women and minorities—pose unrelenting challenges for democratic institutions. How will a younger generation of Indian leaders choose its priorities? What’s at stake for China, Russia and the United States as India expands its role in the global economy and becomes a more assertive leader in the Indo-Pacific region?

Join Camden Conference from February 16-18, 2024 to learn more about this exceptional country and its potential as a global player.

Recommended Readings

To view the full list of books suggestions for this year’s theme, visit the Camden Conference Recommended Readings.

Upcoming Events:
Camden Conference Community Event | Bollywood: An Introduction
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Downtown Library, Rines Auditorium Audience: Adults, Kids & Families This talk will introduce viewers who are curious about or new to Bollywood to the global power of this industry, its unique cinematic style, and its history. It will also consider the relationship between Hollywood and Bollywood and reject the notion
Camden Conference Community Event: Life and Music of Ustad Shafaat Khan
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Downtown Library, Lewis Gallery Audience: Adults, Teens, Kids & Families, Seniors Check back soon for more info!