Discussion will examine US global trade issues

Posted Oct. 07, 2011, at 9:48 p.m.

Join Brewster Grace and Charlie Graham for 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 our trade competitiveness? And how do the current international trade rules affect America’s ability to compete? The event will take place 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Rockland Public Library, and Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Camden Public Library. The event is 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. Before joining the Quaker U.N. office, he served as Quaker representative in Southeast Asia and then in the Middle East. He 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 from Columbia University with master’s degrees 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 in Chicago, the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce, Camden Congregational Church, Penobscot School and the Camden Conference. He speaks several foreign languages, including French, German and Italian and Spanish. Raised in Marblehead, Mass., Graham holds degrees from Bowdoin College and the Thunderbird Business School. He served in the U.S. Army Security Agency in Germany from 1961 to 1962.

The 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. For more information, call 236-1034 or visit http://www.camdenconference.org/.

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