“The Camden Conference was astonishing.  It was an eye opener for me and for others around me. I also had some great conversations with the melting pot of people I met at the Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine. As a crowd we laughed together, we cried together, and learned some critical facts about making some hard choices ahead of us. I feel much more informed than if I had just picked up my phone or watched the news.” URock student

College and university professors devise their own curriculum around the theme of the Camden Conference.

The college participation begins with the teachers. Several colleges around the state, including University Maine in Orono and Augusta, have specific courses dedicated each year to the topic of the Camden Conference.  Other college teachers find the topic already on their syllabus. Because of the courses, the students arrive with an in depth knowledge of the topic, allowing them to interact with the Conference speakers. College student tickets are funded as part of their college courses and also subsidized by the Conference. The goal of the courses is for students to gain an appreciation of the dynamics and complexities in understanding and addressing global issues.

Both college and high school students find the extra activities at the Conference an important part of their experience. In Camden, University of Maine from SPIA students organize the World Café.  In Rockland, the teachers organize a Welcome Event where high school students can meet with students from other schools. In both locations a student lunch is organized to give students the chance to meet each other and discuss the events of the Conference. When the Conference is over, teachers continue to use the videos of the Conference speakers as part of their classroom teaching. 



2017 College and University Student Award Winners

College & University Students Awards The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its college and university student essay contest which focused on the 2017 Conference theme: Refugees and Global Migration. First prize went to Jonas Eichenlaub from the University of Maine at Rockland for his essay entitled Refugees Can Be Part of the Solution: The Challenges of Lebanon. Second prize went to Zoe FitzGerald-Beckett from the University of Maine at Augusta for her essay entitled Climate Change Refugees: "What's in a Name?" Third prize was awarded to Brad O'Brien from the University of Maine at Augusta for his essay entitled Oh, Child Left Behind: The Next “Lost Generation”. The Conference congratulates our winners. 1st Prize                 Jonas Eichenlaub, UMaine at Rockland 2nd Prize                 Zoe Fitz-Gerald Beckett, UMaine at Augusta     3rd Prize            ...

2016 College & University Students Awards

College & University Students Awards The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its college and university student essay contest which focused on the 2016 Conference theme: The New Africa. First prize (tie) went to Jesse McCormick from the University of Maine at Orono entitled American Hippos: The United States Military Establishment in Africa, and Danny Chambers from the University of Maine at Rockland, entitled Liberia: Governance and its Socioeconomic Impact. Because of the First place tie, there was no Second prize awarded. Third prize was awarded to Mary Negri from Unity College for her essay entitled How the Development of Social Media and Technology Aids Sub-Saharan Africa in Globalization and the Fight for Human Rights. The Conference congratulates our winners. 1st Prize (tie) Jesse McCormick 1st Prize (tie) Danny Chambers, UMA 3rd Prize Mary Negri, Unity College DOWNLOAD ESSAY DOWNLOAD ESSAY DOWNLOAD ESSAY  


College Essay Awards Given

Winners of the 2015 College Student Essay Contest on Russia were awarded their prizes at a meeting with the Camden Conference Education Committee – College team on August 13, 2015. Peter Imber, Camden Conference President, presented the awards: Brad O’Brien, first prize with a $500 award, and Stacie Gooldrup, second prize with a $300 award. Professor Peter Lodge from the University of Maine at Augusta congratulated his two award winning students. Our best wishes to Brad and Stacie as they pursue their future ambitions and dreams.


The Camden Conference Education Committee announces winners of the Russia Resurgent Student Essay Contest

Congratulations to our college & university student winners! First Place goes to Brad O’Brien from the University of Maine in Rockland. Second Place goes to Stacie Gooldrups from the University of Maine in Rockland. Click here for more information. Congratulations to our high school student winners! First Place goes to Pratt Olson from Gould Academy. Second Place goes to Will Kannegieser from Gould Academy. Third Place goes to Racquel Bozzelli from Foxcroft Academy.  


2015 World Cafe

Students gathered at the First Congregational Church in Camden on a very snowy Conference Saturday night for lively conversation. Student and faculty from Unity College facilitated a two hour World Café to engage everyone in dialogue about key questions that surfaced during the Conference – promoting greater insights into Russia now and its impact on the world community.


Students share their Conference experience with Charlie Graham

Celina “Katie” Bernhardt, Senior at Univ. of Maine-Orono, pre-law (From Bangor) “This is the 3rd Conference I’ve attended and the best so far. All speakers seem to have a close connection with Russia”, even to the point of “being very emotional about it, such as Constanze Stelzenmueller.” “It’s a valuable information source, not at all like reading foreign affairs on-line.” Brett Welch, Sophomore at College of the Atlantic, Russian country studies (From Daytona Beach, Florida). This particular Conference had a lot of meaning for Brett, who has been “studying Russian history, culture, and language since last spring.” The speakers and discussions so far have “strongly reinforced a commitment to my course of studies and to eventually have some sort of involvement in government or foreign affairs”. Artur Fass, Junior at Colby College, (From Tallinn, Estonia) “I’m very impressed by the speakers and their range of expertise, from American and Russian…


Students gather for lunch in Camden

Over 80 high school students, college students, and local teachers had lunch with Fyodor Lukyanov, Elena Poptodorova, and Daniel Treisman at 12:00-1:30 PM on Saturday, Feb. 21. The First Congregational Church was kind enough to host this gathering, as it has for many past years. This session gave students a chance to take the initiative and set the tone for a free-wheeling exchange of views. Their questions also gave Dr. Lukyanov, Dr. Treisman, and Ambassador Poptodorova the chance to respond to each other’s views and to deepen their scholarly dialogue. Most of our students had never before attended a professional conference, so this session gave them their first opportunity to interact personally with renowned scholars and diplomats. UMO Professor, Paul Holman welcomed the students and faculty. Camden Conference’s Jim Matlack then introduced the guest speakers for the Question and Answer Period.


2015 Student Luncheon in Rockland

High school and college students enjoyed the opportunity to attend a gathering at 3 Crow Restaurant in Rockland, where they met conference participants from other schools and had the opportunity to hear a speaker with personal experience in Russia. Courtnay Perevalova told students about the college experiences that motivated her to travel to and eventually move to Russia. She then discussed meeting the Russian who became her husband, their lives and their three Russian-American children. Questions raised by students focused on her life in Russia, as well as the political dynamics of Russia on the global stage. Her message was important to students: travel to other countries and let the experiences change your life. Click here to read Courtnay’s remarks. Dwight Blue and Courtnay Perevalova


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…


University and College Courses and Attendance

Colleges and Universities across Maine offer courses associated with the Camden Conference. Students from College of the Atlantic participated in a Camden Conference course and presented a special Saturday evening program during the 2013 Conference Weekend: Alternative Middle Eastern Voices Heard Through Social Media. The University of Maine at Orono also offers an annual 3-credit Camden Conference course that attracts about 50 undergraduates, special students, and graduate students. For more information about this unique course, please click here. Click here to read “Mass Diplomacy and International Security in a Networked World; An Essay on Soft Power,” by Destin Moag, Junior, University of Maine at Orono (pdf).


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