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Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa

Bowdoin College Museum of Art October 15, 2015 – March 6, 2016 Boyd Gallery Shaw Ruddock Gallery Offering a panoramic view of the arts of Africa, the major exhibition Earth Matters brings together approximately sixty exceptional works of art from the nineteenth century to the present. The exhibition focuses on the creative and visual ways in which individuals and communities negotiate relationships with their surrounding land and the world at large. The featured artworks the period from the arrival of colonial interests to the present day, exploring how profound and changing concepts of healing, the sacred, identity, memory, history, and sustainability have been formed in relation to the land. With its emphasis on uncompromising artistic vision, the exhibition links diverse media, including photography, painting, mixed-media assemblage, and time-based media, to reveal how artists have related to the land. Earth Matters features rare artistic treasures from the past, alongside works by…

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DISCUSSION SERIES RETURNS FOR 2016

The Camden Conference free Community Events Discussion Series returns this year with a four-part monthly series that will offer participants an opportunity to explore some key issues of this vast continent — all in preparation for the 2016 Camden Conference, The New Africa. The facilitated discussions will begin with October’s topic, “Who is Africa?” at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m., at the Belfast Free Library on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m., to be followed at the Rockland Public Library on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 p.m.. The series will run regularly on the first Tuesdays in Camden at 7:00 PM, first Wednesdays in Belfast at 6:30 PM, and second Tuesdays in Rockland at 6:00 PM. November’s topic is “Africa’s Resources: Who Wins, Who Loses?”; December’s focus is “War and Reconciliation – Africa’s Dilemma”; and in January, the subject will be “The New Africa:…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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

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Internet and World Politics

Scott Carpenter of Google Ideas will give a Trekkers Tech Talk entitled “Head in the Clouds: The Internet’s Next Five Billion and World Politics” on Wednesday, August 27, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre in Rockland. Everywhere we look, we see that connectivity is transforming the way individuals, organizations, and states interact. For all that has been reported about ‘cyber attacks’ and ‘hacktivism’, we are only just beginning to grasp how these changes will impact typical questions related to foreign policy and national security. Scott Carpenter, Deputy Director of Google Ideas, explores the role of technology to both harm and protect in our new digital age. About the Speaker: Scott Carpenter is the Deputy Director of Google Ideas where he drives implementation of the team’s overall strategy and manages the portfolios addressing illicit networks and ending online censorship. Prior to joining Google, Scott founded and directed Project Fikra as…

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Free Screening and Discussion

Free Screening and Discussion of the Acclaimed Documentary Symphony of the Soil in Camden “At the very least, you will leave (Symphony of the Soil) with the profound understanding that feeding our soil is the first step in feeding ourselves.”— The New York Times The Camden Conference and Maine Farmland Trust are pleased to present a special showing of Debra Koons Garcia’s new documentary, Symphony of the Soil on Friday, August 22nd at 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. Debra Koons Garcia, the film’s director, writer and producer, will be joined for a live discussion after the film by sustainable agriculture visionary, Fred Kirschenmann, and John Piotti, President and CEO of the Maine Farmland Trust. Symphony of the Soil explores the complexity and mystery of “the living skin of the earth.” The film is an important work that examines how many of today’s large-scale farming practices, while producing abundant…

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An American in Russia

Maine summer resident, Courtnay Smith Perevalova, will share her personal experience of being an American living and raising children in Russia – and how much has changed in the twenty three years she has lived there – on Tuesday, August 12 at the Rockland Public Library from 6:00-7:30 PM. This event is free and open to all. Courtnay Smith Perevalova is a native Texan who has lived Russia for 23 years. Her Soviet Politics major at Smith College, where she received her BA, led her to Moscow in the early 90s to study Russian and a job in the United States Embassy. Her passion turned into a life with her husband, Dmitry, three bi-lingual kids and two bi-lingual dogs outside of Moscow. She recently started a service offering Russian to English translation services for popular restaurants in Moscow. Perevalova and her family spend their summer in Rockport, Maine where they…

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