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Lukyanov on US-Russian relations

Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Foreign Affairs-affiliated magazine Russia in Global Foreign Affairs and a featured speaker in the upcoming Camden Conference on Russia Resurgent, recently outlined potential economic and diplomatic repercussions from the souring in US-Russian relations. Some of these themes are likely to emerge at the Feb. 20-22 Conference. Have a look here.

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Greenpeace Captain Talks about Experience in Russia

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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Camden Opera House sold out for Camden Conference 2015

The Camden Conference is pleased to announce that seats for the 28th Annual Conference, “Russia Resurgent,” at the Camden Opera House are sold out. Seats are still available at the Strand Theatre in Rockland and the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast, where the Conference will be live-streamed. Interest in this very timely topic has been strong and the Conference promises to offer participants insights for understanding Russia today. In addition to our longtime moderator Nicholas Burns, the Conference will feature experts on a range of topics examining Russia’s role in the world. Our Friday night keynote speaker is Matthew Rojansky, who will look at the political culture in Russia. Saturday morning will focus on Russian history and Russian views of the world. Nina Tumarkin will look at Russian beliefs and attitudes; Nikolay Petrov will look at the political challenges and policies of the government of Vladimir Putin; and…

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Recent Developments in Russia to be discussed in Castine

Professor James Warhola will discuss recent developments in Russia and their impact on the region and Russia’s relations with the West on Tuesday, January 20, 1:00 pm at the Witherle Memorial Library in Castine. James Warhola is a professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science department at the University of Maine. For more information, please contact the library at 207-326-4375 or email to refdesk@witherle.lib.me.us. The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit www.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.

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Frontline to feature Putin

Frontline will examine Putin’s Way on Tuesday, January 13, at 10:00 p.m. on your local PBS television channel. Accusations of criminality and corruption have surrounded Vladimir Putin’s reign in Russia. The film reveals how the accumulation of wealth and power has led to autocratic rule in that country. ■

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Crime and Punishment in Soviet Agriculture: The Ordeal of Nikolai Vavilov

Nationally known food writer Nancy Harmon Jenkins will speak at the Camden Public Library on Thursday, January 22, from 7:00-8:30PM on “Crime and Punishment in Soviet Agriculture: The Ordeal of Nikolai Vavilov.” The event is free and open to all. Her presentation will explore the significance and work of Russian geneticist, agronomist, and ethnobotanist, Nikolai Vavilov. The first President of the Lenin All-Union Academy of Agricultural Scientists, Vavilov traveled the world in his search for crops and crop origins. His primary goal was to end famine in the Soviet Union; ironically, he starved to death in a Stalinist prison after a secret trial for espionage—related to his resistance to the erroneous beliefs of Lysenko, on which Soviet genetics were based. Why is Vavilov of continuing importance? Partly because of his incredible courage and his Galilean firmness of conviction. But beyond that, Vavilov correctly identified and determined crop origins. This is…

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Expanded Curriculum Enrichment Program

Since 2010, generous grants from The Lerner Foundation, the Maine Humanities Council and Camden National Bank have provided the funding to develop study guides based on the Camden Conference topic to be used by teachers in high school settings. Known as the “Curriculum Enrichment Program” or CEP, it created a structure and orientation for teachers to develop curriculum to study international relations topics. Russia Resurgent is the focus of the 2015 Camden Conference, which guides the content of the CEP this year. An Expanded Curriculum Enrichment Program (XCEP) pilot, funded by the Lerner Foundation, has been developed to provide additional resources to teachers and their students. The purpose of the XCEP pilot is to learn how the Camden Conference can become a vital support system for high school teachers as they promote school learning around global issues, challenges, and opportunities. In September 2014, the XCEP pilot began with a workshop…

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Russian Film Series in Kennebunk

The Camden Conference free Community Events series continues with a Film Series on Tuesday evenings at 6:00 pm at the Kennebunk Free Library. Dates and titles of films: January 6 – Doctor Zhivago 1965 (PG-13) January 13 – The Russians are Coming, the Russians are Coming (NR) January 20 – Children of the Gulag (NR) February 3 – The Russian Soul (NR) February 10 – Spy Inside (NR) For more information, please contact the Kennebunk Free Library at 207-985-2173 or visit kennebunklibrary.org. This film series is presented 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, visit www.camdenconference.org, email info@camdenconference.org, or call 207-236-1034.

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Colby College Professor to speak in Belfast on Russian Women Authors

Professor Julie de Sherbinin will speak on  “Russian Women Authors: Writing in the  Shadow of Patriarchy” on Tuesday, January 13 at the Belfast Free Library. This event takes place from 6:30-8:00 pm and is free and open to all. Julie de Sherbinin (Department of German and Russian, Colby College) was the co-founder of the North American Chekhov Society and served as editor of the NACS Bulletin, a biannual scholarly newsletter, from 1992-2000. She edited issues on Chekhov and film (1999) and Chekhov in translation (2000) that have become reference points for Chekhov scholars. She has delivered papers at seven international Chekhov conferences and published five articles on Chekhov. In her monograph Chekhov and Russian Religious Culture: The Poetics of the Marian Paradiam (Northwestern UP, 1997), she identifies Chekhov as a literary ethnographer with profound understanding of the cultural psychology behind Russian Orthodoxy, who makes subtle and systematic use of its constructs in his…

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What’s All the Fuss about Russian Poetry? A Translators Perspective

Slavic Translator, Lydia Razran Stone, will present: “What’s All the Fuss about Russian Poetry? A Translators Perspective” on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at the Camden Public Library, 7:00-8:30 pm. This event is free and open to all. The speaker will discuss the unique importance of poetry in Russian culture, with major poets attaining virtual “Rock Star” status throughout most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Although other causes of this phenomenon will be discussed the most pervasive cause is a nearly unbroken 200+ year period of political repression and state censorship, in which poetry was used to express love of freedom and, obliquely using what Russians call Aesopian language, dissatisfaction with the political status quo. Other factors are the special situation of the educated class of Russians after the reforms introduced by Peter I and Catherine II and the deep feelings of loss and cohesiveness that sprung from the great…

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