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Community Events

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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Contemporary Russian Fiction

Event Date: Sunday November 2, 2014

Today’s Russia in Contemporary Russian Fiction: One Translator’s Experience Presented by Lisa Hayden Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm, at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, in Scarborough, Maine Literary translator, Lisa Hayden, will look at ways contemporary Russian fiction writers address aspects of Russian history in their work. Lisa will read brief [...]

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Discussion: Russia’s Politics

Event Date: Tuesday November 4, 2014

Russia’s Politics – November Russia is a new democracy with strong authoritarian elements. Our discussion will consider these two aspects of contemporary Russian politics. Sympathetic observers point out that Vladimir Putin remains immensely popular and that a strong leader was needed to bring order out of the chaos of the 1990s. Russian citizens currently enjoy [...]

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History of the Liberty Ships

Event Date: Wednesday November 5, 2014

The Camden Conference free Community Events series continues with an illustrated discussion of The Liberty Ships and Portland’s sister city, Archangel, Russia, on Wednesday, November 5, 6:30PM at the Rockport Opera House. The Greater Portland area formalized a Sister City partnership with Archangel in northwest Russia in 1988. However, the relationship between the two communities [...]

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Democracy for Russia?

Event Date: Wednesday November 12, 2014

Maine seasonal resident, Dr. Michael G. Roskin, will provide an overview of recent Russian history to today’s events and ways that the situation there might play out in the near future. He will address three important questions: Why did the Soviet Union collapse? Why did Russian democracy fail? And, does the Ukraine war portend Europe-wide [...]

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Recent Conference News

Auto Europe to Support CC15

Posted on Wednesday October 29, 2014

Camden, ME — The Camden Conference has announced that Auto Europe, Portland, Maine will be a Conference Sponsor for the 2015 Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent. Auto Europe is one of the largest car rental wholesale companies in the world and has car rental locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, in addition to North and South [...]

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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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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.