The Camden Conference free Community Events Discussion Series returns this year with a four-part monthly series that will offer participants an opportunity to explore some key issues of the vast African continent — all in preparation for the 2016 Camden Conference, The New Africa.

The facilitated discussions will begin with October’s topic, “Who is Africa?” at the Camden Public Library Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., at the Belfast Free Library Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 p.m., and at the Rockland Public Library Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.. The series will run regularly on the first Tuesdays in Camden at 7 p.m., first Wednesdays in Belfast at 6:30 p.m., and second Tuesdays in Rockland at 6 p.m.

November’s topic is “Resources: Who Wins, Who Loses?”; December’s focus is “War and Reconciliation – Africa’s Dilemma”; and in January, the subject will be “Challenges and Hope.”

Participants will have the opportunity to be part of a lively discussion based on selected readings and videos, which can be found at Participants are encouraged to read and view the selections ahead of the discussion. Participation in all four sessions is encouraged.

This free Community Events Discussion Series is offered in anticipation of the 29th Annual Camden Conference: The New Africa, Febr. 19-21. For more information, visit, email, or call 236-1034.