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2015 Conference Discussion Series

The Community Events Committee will again this year sponsor a four part discussion series that will help prepare you for this exciting conference. The four topics of the series will be Russia’s People, Russia’s Politics, Russia’s Economy and Russia’s Neighbors.

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Event Date: Thursday September 25, 2014

Belfast Senior College at the Hutchinson Center RESET “PО-RUSSKI” (RUSSIAN STYLE) RESTORATION, REFORMS AND REVANCHE (REVENGE) Dick Topping, Instructor Belfast Senior College ~ Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., September 18 until October 23, . For more information or to register, please contact Belfast Senior College at or call (207) 338-8033. Today, fifteen years after [...]

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CIFF Film Screening

Event Date: Friday September 26, 2014

Camden Conference to co-present CIFF documentary The Notorious Mr. Bout Known as the “Merchant of Death,” Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout achieved international notoriety following his 2008 arrest for supplying weapons to terrorists. This riveting, often black-comic documentary shows two Viktor Bouts: the amiable, upbeat family man who viewed himself as an entrepreneur and the [...]

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BSC: Dmitri Shostakovich

Event Date: Tuesday September 30, 2014

Belfast Senior College at the Hutchinson Center THE LIFE, TIMES AND MUSIC OF DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH (1906 -1975) Bob Rackmales, Instructor Belfast Senior College ~ Tuesday, September 30 from 9:30 to 3:00. For more information or to register, please contact Belfast Senior College at or call (207) 338-8033. Shostakovich’s music, among the most emotionally powerful [...]

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Discussions: Russia’s People

Event Date: Wednesday October 1, 2014

Russia’s People – October In October we begin our four part journey to understand more of Russia and the Russian people by discussing what is called the Russian Soul. The Russian Soul is the attempt to define national identity by a people who have lived in the mid-section of a vast and often bleak Euro-Asian [...]

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Discussion Series Returns for 2015

Posted on Thursday September 18, 2014

The Camden Conference free Community Events Discussion Series returns this year with a four-part monthly series that will offer participants an opportunity to investigate Russia’s People, Politics, Economy and Neighbors — all in preparation for the 2015 Camden Conference, Russia Resurgent. The facilitated discussions will begin with October’s topic, Russia’s People, at the Belfast Free [...]

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Taylor Award to Unity College

Posted on Monday September 8, 2014

Bill Taylor Award goes to Unity College Students The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the awarding of the Bill Taylor Award to a group of Unity College students. The award is the outcome of a challenge to Maine college and high school students to investigate the growing world-wide food and water crisis. Taylor, a [...]

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Kirschenmann returns to Camden

Posted on Friday July 25, 2014

2014 Camden Conference Keynote, Fred Kirschenmann, returns to the Camden Opera House on Friday August 22, for a special appearance along with acclaimed filmmaker, Deborah Koons Garcia and Maine Farmland Trust’s John Piotti for a free screening of the award-winning documentary, Symphony of the Soil. Click here for more information.

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Piotti reflects on the CC

Posted on Tuesday April 1, 2014

2014 Camden Conference Moderator, John Piotti, writes about us in Maine Farmland Trust‘s recent Newsletter. Food & Water: Notes on the Camden Conference Sometimes I’m amazed by what happens here in Maine. An event this past weekend made that point clearly—in two distinct ways. The event was the 27th Annual Camden Conference. The topic this [...]

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Education News

Over 200 high school, college, and graduate students and their faculty members attended the 2014 Camden Conference, coming from 15 high schools and 13 institutions of higher education. Click here to read stories about their experiences with global food and water issues: lunch dialogue sessions, Saturday night World Café, courses for credit, and the Bill Taylor Student Research Proposal Award.

Conference Heritage

In honor of our 25th year, we are pleased to present this series of short accounts of key moments from the history of the Camden Conference.