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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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Belfast Senior College Courses to include Saint Petersburg Through the Lens of Literature and Russia Resurgent Discussion Series

BLESSED OR CURSED: SAINT PETERSBURG THROUGH THE LENS OF LITERATURE Immortalized in literature, Saint Petersburg has been the scene of great suffering and destruction. This course, led by Elizabeth Garber and Peggy Watson, will explore the high society world of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin; the much loved, lost world of Nabokov’s memoir Speak Memory; the squalor and desperation of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment; as well as a picaresque survival tale from the Seige of Leningrad in David Benioff’s City of Thieves. The final class will explore the poets of the twentieth century, Akhmatova and her circle, what she meant to all of St. Petersburg, and the legacy she bequeathed to Joseph Brodsky, our poet laureate and Nobel Prize winner. This morning course takes place on Thursdays between January 15 – February 5, from 9:30-11:30 AM at the Hutchinson Center. For more information, please see our Community Events section here. RUSSIA RESURGENT:…

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December Discussion Series to explore Russia’s Economy

The Camden Conference free Community Events Discussion Series returns for part three of its four-part monthly series that will offer participants an opportunity to investigate Russia’s People, Politics, Economy and Neighbors — all in preparation for the 2015 Camden Conference, Russia Resurgent. December’s topic, Russia’s Economy, will be discussed at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, December 2, at 7:00 PM, Belfast Free Library on Wednesday, December 3 at 6:30 PM, to be followed at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, December 4 at 6:00 PM. Participants will have the opportunity to be part of a lively discussion based on selected readings, which can be found here or at the library circulation desk. Participants are encouraged to read the selections ahead of the discussion. This free Community Events Discussion Series is offered in anticipation of the 28th Annual Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent, February 20-22, 2015. The mission of the Camden…

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28th Annual Camden Conference – Russia Resurgent – February 20-22, 2015

The 2015 Conference on “Russia Resurgent” will go behind the news to examine Russia’s role in the world from multiple perspectives, including not just that of the US but also those of Russia’s own citizens, Eastern and Western Europeans, and the Chinese. Ambassador Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, will be returning to moderate the Conference, which will feature distinguished and knowledgeable speakers from Russia, Europe and China, as well as the U.S. As always, the audience will have plenty of opportunity to join in the conversation. The February Conference will be organized around three main themes. First, we will consider the historic, economic and political factors that have shaped how Russians conceive of themselves and their place in the world. Then we will examine how Russia is viewed by other countries of Europe and Asia. Finally, we…

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Discussion Series Returns for 2015

The Camden Conference free Community Events Discussion Series returns this year with a four-part monthly series that will offer participants an opportunity to investigate Russia’s People, Politics, Economy and Neighbors — all in preparation for the 2015 Camden Conference, Russia Resurgent. The facilitated discussions will begin with October’s topic, Russia’s People, at the Belfast Free Library on Wednesday, October 1 at 6:30 PM, to be followed at the Rockland Public Library on Thursday, October 2 at 6:00 PM, and at the Camden Public Library on Tuesday, October 7 at 7:00 PM. The series will run regularly on the first Tuesdays in Camden at 7:00 PM, first Wednesdays in Belfast at 6:30 PM, and first Thursdays in Rockland at 6:00 PM. The readings for October’s topic, Russia’s People, include Wikipedia’s brief “History of Russia;” an article from The Moscow Times, “How Self-Sacrifice Has Shaped the Russian Soul;” “The Enigmatic Russian Soul,”…

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Auto Europe to Support 2015 Conference

Camden, ME — The Camden Conference has announced that Auto Europe, Portland, Maine will be a Conference Sponsor for the 2015 Camden Conference: Russia Resurgent. Auto Europe is one of the largest car rental wholesale companies in the world and has car rental locations in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, in addition to North and South America. Imad Khalidi, president, notes “We view our support of The Camden Conference as a way to help our greater Maine community better understand world events. We’re fortunate to have such a well respected event here in Maine”. Sarah Miller, Camden Conference Board President, noted, “The Conference is grateful for the support of a successful company such as Auto Europe that was founded right here in Camden. We look forward to a strong partnership as the Conference pursues its mission of offering informed discourse on international issues of importance to the public.” To be held…

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The Expanded CEP Pilot Workshop

Dr. Paul Holman (Camden Conference Education Committee and Board of Directors, and also Associate Professor at University of Maine Orono) gave an energetic lecture and images on the power, people, and politics of Russia. Bob Rachmales (Senior College, Hutchinson Center in Belfast) captured the life of Russians during the war years as seen through the eyes of Dmitri Shostakovich and his music. Dr. Karolyn Snyder (Camden Conference Education Committee Chairperson and Board Member) shared her work with the School District in Sochi Russia from 1993 to 2006. The vision of the Sochi Superintendent of Schools and his Deputy eventually led to many international school connections for Sochi, and to the creation of the International School Connection, Inc., a world-wide organization that promoted students becoming global citizens during their schooling years. During the afternoon session, pilot teachers learned about the many Camden Conference resources on Russia from its Conference Reading List,…

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