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February Conference generates over three-quarters of a million annually for Midcoast

For the past 28 years, the Camden Conference has held a three-day foreign policy conference in Midcoast Maine in February. The Conference is an established and widely respected event with approximately 1,000 participants attending each year. Leading experts from around the world are invited to speak on topics of global importance and interest. This year, the Camden Conference’s directors commissioned an economic impact study to determine how beneficial the Conference is for businesses and job creation in Midcoast Maine. The study was conducted by Dr. Harold Daniel, associate professor of marketing at the University of Maine Business School, and Dr. Todd Gabe, professor of economics at the University of Maine. Daniels has served as the director of the University of Maine’s System Center for Tourism Research and Outreach (CenTRO). He teaches advertising, marketing research and marketing management, and serves on the editorial board of Industrial Marketing, a leading scholarly journal…

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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. Click here for more information.

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Just 3 Openings Left!

Announcing Camden Conference in the Classroom: A Support System for Teachers   The Camden Conference invites you to become one of ten high school teachers in Maine to be selected for the 2015-2016 Program, Camden Conference in the Classroom (CCC). The heart of the program is a teacher offering a credit course for high school students on the 2016 Conference topic: The New AFRICA, and bringing four students to the complete Camden Conference, February 19-21, 2016. The Conference venue for High School Students is the Strand Theatre in Rockland, where the Conference is live streamed in HD from the Camden Opera House. The event begins on Friday evening and ends Sunday midday. For more information, please contact Dr. Karolyn Snyder at: Karolyn.snyder@verizon.net Join us! Toward Students as Global Citizens

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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 weru.org. 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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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.

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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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