The 29th Annual Camden Conference, “The New Africa”, will be presented live from the Camden Opera House Feb. 19  through 21. It will also be live-streamed to the Strand Theatre in Rockland, the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, and, new this year, University of Southern Maine Lee Auditorium in Portland.

Africa is home to the world’s poorest nations, but also has a dozen economies that maintained 7 percent growth rates over the last decade. Africa is the last major frontier for resource development, while simultaneously struggling with some of the world’s oldest, most corrupt and filthiest oil and mining ventures. While Africa suffers from ethnic and religious violence and poverty, it is blessed with rich and creative cultures and vibrant civil societies. These are only a few of the contradictions and conundrums that will frame the 2016 Camden Conference on the theme of Africa, a massive and often mysterious continent.

To enlighten these topics, the conference program committee has assembled a roster of speakers, all of whom know Africa firsthand. The moderator will be Dr. Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development and director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs of Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He directs the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, serves as faculty chair of the Innovation for Economic Development executive program as well as an extensive list of other activities.

The keynote on Friday evening will be presented by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, West Africa correspondent for National Public Radio News, based in Dakar, Senegal. A native of Ghana, she spent her early years in Ghana, Italy, Britain and Kenya.

Visit the conference website at camdenconference.org for more information on all the speakers. Online registration opens Nov. 30. Conference members are offered early registration starting  Nov. 16. Call the Conference office 236-1034 for early registration or to become a member.