December Discussion Series to explore Russia’s Economy

The Camden Conference free Community Events Discussion Series returns for part three of its 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. December’s topic, Russia’s Economy, will be discussed at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, December 2, at 7:00 PM, Belfast Free Library on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 PM, to be followed at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, December 4 at 6:00 PM. Participants will have the opportunity to be part of a lively discussion based on selected readings, which can be found here or at the library circulation desk. Participants are encouraged to read the selections ahead of the discussion. This free Community Events Discussion Series is offered in anticipation of the 28th Annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, February 20-22, 2015. The mission of the Camden…

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28th Annual Camden Conference – Russia Resurgent – February 20-22, 2015

The 2015 Conference on “Russia Resurgent” will go behind the news to examine Russia’s role in the world from multiple perspectives, including not just that of the US but also those of Russia’s own citizens, Eastern and Western Europeans, and the Chinese. Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will be returning to moderate the Conference, which will feature distinguished and knowledgeable speakers from Russia, Europe and China, as well as the U.S. As always, the audience will have plenty of opportunity to join in the conversation. The February Conference will be organized around three main themes. First, we will consider the historic, economic and political factors that have shaped how Russians conceive of themselves and their place in the world. Then we will examine how Russia is viewed by other countries of Europe and Asia. Finally, we…

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Discussion Series Returns for 2015

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 Library on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 PM, to be followed at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 PM, and at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM. The series will run regularly on the first Tuesdays in Camden at 7:00 PM, first Wednesdays in Belfast at 6:30 PM, and first Thursdays in Rockland at 6:00 PM. The readings for October’s topic, Russia’s People, include Wikipedia’s brief “History of Russia;” an article from The Moscow Times, “How Self-Sacrifice Has Shaped the Russian Soul;” “The Enigmatic Russian Soul,”…

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Auto Europe to Support 2015 Conference

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 America. Imad Khalidi, president, notes “We view our support of The Camden Conference as a way to help our greater Maine community better understand world events. We’re fortunate to have such a well respected event here in Maine”. Sarah Miller, Camden Conference Board President, noted, “The Conference is grateful for the support of a successful company such as Auto Europe that was founded right here in Camden. We look forward to a strong partnership as the Conference pursues its mission of offering informed discourse on international issues of importance to the public.” To be held…

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The Expanded CEP Pilot Workshop

Dr. Paul Holman (Camden Conference Education Committee and Board of Directors, and also Associate Professor at University of Maine Orono) gave an energetic lecture and images on the power, people, and politics of Russia. Bob Rachmales (Senior College, Hutchinson Center in Belfast) captured the life of Russians during the war years as seen through the eyes of Dmitri Shostakovich and his music. Dr. Karolyn Snyder (Camden Conference Education Committee Chairperson and Board Member) shared her work with the School District in Sochi Russia from 1993 to 2006. The vision of the Sochi Superintendent of Schools and his Deputy eventually led to many international school connections for Sochi, and to the creation of the International School Connection, Inc., a world-wide organization that promoted students becoming global citizens during their schooling years. During the afternoon session, pilot teachers learned about the many Camden Conference resources on Russia from its Conference Reading List,…

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Kirschenmann returns to Camden

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

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 year was “the global politics of food and water.” For those of you who have never attended one of these conferences, they are professionally-run three-day affairs that boast world experts and top-notch speakers. It’s so impressive that an event of this sort occurs right here in our backyard. (The live show is held at the Camden Opera House, with broadcasts to the Hutchinson Center in Belfast and the Strand Theater in Rockland.) The other reason this year’s Camden Conference reflected well on Maine was because of the topic. Any conversation about food and water soon…

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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 worldwide food and water crisis. Taylor, a long-time supporter of the Conference, created this award to promote student research in support of his strong interest in education. The award of $1,000 was presented to student Sarah Bicknell and Professor Doug Fox by Taylor at a recent Camden Conference Education Committee Meeting. The Unity College students’ project involves creating “Gardens-in-a-Box.” These boxes will be complete with materials and directions for planting a family garden and will be distributed to local grocery stores and food pantries. Their research will examine the sale of these Boxes and their impact on families. Evidence has shown that families growing their own food are promising for…

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2014 Conference CamCasts

2014 Conference CamCasts are now available for viewing! Dear attendees, Thank you all for a wonderfully successful and thought provoking conference. We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Conference CamCasts are now available for viewing on our website: ENJOY!

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Camden Conference Sells Out!

ALL venues are now completely sold out for the 2014 Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water Please call (207) 236-1034 to join the Wait-List.

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