The Camden Conference free Community Events Program continues its monthly Discussion Series offering 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 fourth and final session of the series, The New Africa: Challenges and Hope, will reflect upon the issues that confront Sub-Sahara Africa in joining the global community on its own terms and examine a set of African-generated initiatives that inspire hope of such inclusion in the near future.

Is Sub-Sahara Africa emerging as a potential economic power? Can pervasive and long-standing cultural, ethnic, economic, political, leadership, and environmental challenges be overcome? Will the in-country and regional initiatives currently underway provide beacons of hope for Sub-Sahara Africa’s emergence?

Discussions take place at the Camden Public Library Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7 p.m., at the Belfast Free Library Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 6:30 p.m., and at the Rockland Public Library Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m.. Participants will have the opportunity to be part of a lively discussion based on selected readings and videos, which can be found at All are encouraged to read and view the selections ahead of the discussion.

This free Community Events Discussion Series is offered in anticipation of the 29th Annual Camden Conference: The New Africa, Feb. 19-21, 2016. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit, email, or call 236-1034.