Camden Conference Announces New President

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce that Peter Imber has been elected President. Peter moved to Maine in 2010 with his Rockland-born wife, Jo Dondis, after a 28-year career in network television news. For most of that time he was a producer for ABC News and covered national and international stories while based in Los Angeles. His work was nominated for National News Emmys four times, winning once. He has also received a DuPont-Columbia Award and a National Press Club Award. Peter graduated from Dartmouth College, and lived in Israel in the 1970s where he was a member of a kibbutz and served in the Israel Defense Forces. After returning to the US, he received an MFA from UCLA in Motion Picture/Television Production. He has taught several classes at Belfast Senior College. Peter and his wife have three children. Peter brings enthusiasm for the Conference and a can do…

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WERU to air Graham and Lukyanov talks

Thomas Graham of Yale University and Kissinger Associates gave a presentation at the 2015 Camden Conference entitled “Rethinking U.S.-Russian Relations.” His presentation, as well as a presentation on “Russia-Lost in Transition” by Fyodor Lukyanov from Moscow, editor of “Russia in Global Affairs,” will be broadcast on Tuesday March 24 at 4 p.m. on community radio station, WERU-FM – in Blue Hill at 89.9, in Bangor at 99.9, and all the way to Moscow and beyond at Photo: Mark Dawson

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The Camden Conference is hiring!

The Camden Conference is seeking an Administrative Assistant responsible for providing support for year-round operations and programming, including the execution of the Annual February Conference. This position is year-round with a part-time to full-time schedule. Candidates must be willing to commit to full-time work during December, January and February. General administrative duties include maintaining and managing the database, monetary receipts, post office box, office phone, info email account and social networking sites, online event calendars, executing large mailings, filing, maintaining inventory of, and ordering office supplies, and additional miscellaneous duties to support office needs. During pre-Conference months, duties expand to include attendee and member relations and additional production responsibilities leading up to the Conference weekend. Successful candidates will be highly organized and detail-oriented with outstanding oral and written communication skills, proficient with MS Office products, QuickBooks, social media and email marketing platforms. Previous experience with donor databases is essential. Interested…

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We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Camden Conference, Russia Resurgent, is now available for viewing on our website. Click HERE to view the proceedings. In addition, Independent Community Radio WERU is airing the talks on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. over the coming weeks. WERU launched their broadcasts of presentations from the Camden Conference on Tuesday, March 10 during drive time at 4-5 p.m with the keynote presentation by Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center, looking at Russia today with “The Riddle Inside the Enigma: Origins of Russian Conduct at Home and in the World.” Broadcasts on WERU will continue every Tuesday in March and possibly into April. The radio stations of MPBN aired five talks from the 2015 Camden Conference, Russia Resurgent, on its 1:00 PM Speaking in Maine series the week of March 9, 2015. Speaking in Maine is archived on-line at…

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Reflections on the Camden Conference

By Ron Bancroft | Mar 03, 2015 | Rockland – Camden – Knox – Courier-Gazette – Camden Herald My wife and I are just back from the Camden Conference. This year’s topic was “Russia Resurgent.” With Russia’s aggressive support of rebels in Eastern Ukraine and its earlier annexation of the Ukrainian Crimea, the topic could not have been more timely. Reflecting this, all three Conference venues: the Camden Opera House, the Strand in Rockland, and the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast were sold out, over 900 attendees in all — quite remarkable for a cold and snowy February weekend in Midcoast Maine. More remarkable is the Conference’s ability to attract experts from all over the world. Well-known Russia scholars and experts from the United States included Matthew Rojansky, the director of the Kennan Institute at Princeton, Nina Tumarkin, professor of Russian History at Wellesley, Thomas Graham, a Senior Fellow at…

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Students gather at Penobscot School prior to Conference

Penobscot School hosts 25 students and teachers for Camden Conference By Chris Wolf for Pen Bay Pilot,  February 21, 2015 ROCKLAND — Two dozen (plus one) students from the Midcoast and around Maine gathered at the Penobscot School in Rockland for an intensive look at Russian culture prior to their attendance of this year’s Camden Conference, which is underway this weekend. The theme this year is Russia, and the students were provided scholarships to attend through the Camden Conference. Dr. Karolyn Snyder, head of the education committee for the Camden Conference, said the conference has a pilot project with eight different Maine high schools. She said the idea is to work with them to offer classes on the focus of the annual conference’s them. “This year of course is Russia,” she said. “The Penobscot language school approached me and said they could provide a workshop for the students, which we…

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The March to Doom, on the road

By Dagney C. Ernest | Feb 11, 2015 | The Republican Journal It began 10 years ago with a tall order: compress 100 years of history into a 100-minute presentation and make it an entertaining complement to the annual Camden Conference. Tom DeMarco and Mac Deford pulled it off and, in the years since, they have gotten even more ambitious with their Tom & Mac Show. The ninth edition — they took one year off along the way — is titled “Russia and The March to Doom 1861-1917,” and the two friends are marching it around the state. The 2015 Tom & Mac History Roadshow will be presented Thursday, Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Portland Public Library; Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Rockport Opera House, 6 Central St.; and Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave./Route 3,…

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Captain Willcox will speak in Rockport – Tonight!

The Rockport Library in collaboration with the Camden Conference will host a presentation by Captain Peter Willcox on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 6:30 PM at the Rockport Opera House. His talk titled “To Stem the Tide” will focus on his experiences in Russia and provide a glimpse into a life devoted to making a difference. This special event is free and open to all. Peter Willcox has been an environmental activist for over 42 years, first for Pete Seeger’s Clearwater and then for Greenpeace. He has served as Captain on all of the Greenpeace boats, and was in command of the Arctic Sunrise in 2013 when that vessel was seized in international waters by the Russian military. He spent two months in detention in Russia as a member of the Arctic 30. He was also on board the Rainbow Warrior when the boat was sunk by French military agents in…

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Damariscotta Event Rescheduled due to Storm

Re-scheduled from January 27 Louis Sell, a 28-year veteran of the US diplomatic service, will discuss the causes of the Soviet collapse and the influence it still exerts on contemporary events. His talk – Who Killed the Soviet Union and Why It Matters Today – will take place on Tuesday, February 3, at the Skidompha Public Library in Damariscotta at 10:00 am. This event is free and open to all. Louis Sell spent many years living in Moscow, where he witnessed the Soviet collapse and knew many of the participants first-hand. He is currently finishing a book on the end of the USSR. This presentation is hosted by the Skidompha Public Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 28th Annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, February 20-22, 2015. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information,…

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