Join Brewster Grace and Charlie Graham for a lively discussion of America’s place in global trade as they tackle such issues as: What are the important features of the American economy, politics, and way of life that promote and undermine trade competitiveness? And how do the current international trade rules impact America’s ability to compete?

The event will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Rockland Public Library, with an encore on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at the Camden Public Library. The events run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and are free and open to all.

Brewster Grace retired to the Midcoast after serving as director of the Quaker United Nations Office in Geneva and as its representative for the World Trade Organization and the International Labor Organization. Prior to joining the Quaker UN Office, he served as Quaker representative in Southeast Asia and then in the Middle East and also worked as a correspondent for American Universities Field Staff in Southeast Asia and Geneva. He is a graduate of Colorado College with a bachelor’s degree in political science and Colombia University with master’s degree in public law and government and East Asian studies.

Charles Graham is a retired international banker and consultant who, during his 29-year career, traveled widely in Europe, the Middle East, Canada and North Africa, writing on international business topics for publications in Chicago and Maine. He has served on the boards of several nonprofits, including the Mid-American Arab Chamber of Commerce (Chicago), Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, Camden Congregational Church, Penobscot School, and the Camden Conference. Graham speaks several foreign languages, including French, German and Italian and Spanish. Raised in Marblehead, Mass., Graham has degrees from Bowdoin College and the Thunderbird Business School, and served in the U.S. Army Security Agency in Germany from 1961-1962.

This presentation is offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 25th annual Camden Conference: The U.S. in a 21st Century World: Do we have what it takes?, Feb. 17-19, 2012. For more information, call 236-1034 or visit camdenconference.org.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world affairs through year-round community events, public and student engagement, and an annual weekend conference. For more information visit camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org or call 236-1034.