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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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THE 2015 CAMDEN CONFERENCE IS NOW ON THE WEB AND ON THE AIR

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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