“The Camden Conference was astonishing.  It was an eye opener for me and for others around me. I also had some great conversations with the melting pot of people I met at the Strand Theater in Rockland, Maine. As a crowd we laughed together, we cried together, and learned some critical facts about making some hard choices ahead of us. I feel much more informed than if I had just picked up my phone or watched the news.” URock student

College and university professors devise their own curriculum around the theme of the Camden Conference.

The college participation begins with the teachers. Several colleges around the state, including University Maine in Orono and Augusta, have specific courses dedicated each year to the topic of the Camden Conference.  Other college teachers find the topic already on their syllabus. Because of the courses, the students arrive with an in depth knowledge of the topic, allowing them to interact with the Conference speakers. College student tickets are funded as part of their college courses and also subsidized by the Conference. The goal of the courses is for students to gain an appreciation of the dynamics and complexities in understanding and addressing global issues.

Both college and high school students find the extra activities at the Conference an important part of their experience. In Camden, University of Maine from SPIA students organize the World Café.  In Rockland, the teachers organize a Welcome Event where high school students can meet with students from other schools. In both locations a student lunch is organized to give students the chance to meet each other and discuss the events of the Conference. When the Conference is over, teachers continue to use the videos of the Conference speakers as part of their classroom teaching. 



Education Chair-Peter Imber

Peter Imber 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 worked for its broadcasts, including World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America. 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 grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1969 and lived in Israel during the 1970s where he was a member of a kibbutz and served in the Israel Defense Forces. After returning to the U.S. he received an M.F.A. from U.C.L.A. in Motion Picture/Television Production. He has taught several classes at Belfast Senior College and is teaching another at the Camden Library this spring. He has been a volunteer with the Camden Conference and served…


Students at the Camden Conference-2019

Volunteers at the Camden Opera HouseWorld Cafe on Saturday nightJohn Bapst Memorial HS in BelfastPiscataquis Community HS in PortlandPortland HS in Rockland


The Camden Conference is pleased to announce that Eileen Griffin from the University of Maine, Orono, is the winner of its college and university student essay contest which focused on the 2018 Conference theme: New World Disorder and America's Future.  Her essay was titled The Great Powers and the New Great Game: Central Asia, Kazakhstan and the Balance of Power Between China and the United States. The Conference congratulates her. This award was established by Captain Bill Taylor who was a longtime supporter of the Camden Conference and of education programming. Captain Taylor had a distinguished career as a Naval Officer, an Academic in Warfare Science, and Director of Long Range Strategic Planning for Anti-Submarine Warfare at the Pentagon. His career took him all over the world during various wars, and his creative influence on Naval Warfare lingers. College and University Essay-Eileen Griffin

CC Education Program Expands Horizons

The Camden Conference and certainly the Education Committee believe that an important part of our mission is to help prepare the Maine students of today to be global citizens of tomorrow.  We are committed to the participation of college and high school students at the Conference.  The 2018 Camden Conference on New World Disorder attendance of over 200 students and teachers came close to the record attendance of the 2017 Conference on global migration.   From reports from students and their teachers in the colleges and high schools which attended at the Strand, the Hutch, and the Opera House, this was a most successful Conference. College students attended mainly at the Opera House location. This year the participating schools were:  University of Maine at  Farmington, University of Maine at Orono, University of Maine at Augusta/University at Rockland, University of Southern Maine, University of Maine School of Policy and International Affairs (SPIA),…


Constructing Revolution: Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars

Constructing Revolution explores the remarkable and wide-ranging body of propaganda posters as an artistic consequence of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Marking its centennial, this exhibition delves into a relatively short-lived era of unprecedented experimentation and utopian idealism, which produced some of the most iconic images in the history of graphic design. The eruption of the First World War, the Russian revolutions of 1905 and 1917, and the subsequent civil war broke down established political and social structures and brought an end to the Tsarist Empire. Russia was split into antagonistic worlds: the Bolsheviks and the enemy, the proletariat and the exploiters, the collective and the private, the future and the past. The deft manipulation of public opinion was integral to the violent class struggle. Having seized power in 1917, the Bolsheviks immediately recognized posters as a critical means to tout the Revolution’s triumph and ensure its spread. Posters supplied the new…


UMA Student wins First Prize in the Student Poetry at Plunkett Poetry Festival with “On the Edge”

Education programs of the Camden Conference are designed to promote knowledge, perspectives, and dialogue opportunities on world affairs with high school and college educators and their students. Academic courses are now offered in Maine high schools and colleges on the Camden Conference, which are linked to the rich resources from current and past Conference presentations. We are committed to having 20% of Conference attendees be students. Zoe FitzGerald-Beckett, a UMA student attendee of the 2017 Conference, Refugees and Global Migration: Humanity’s Crisis, was moved to create an award-winning poem which she titled On the Edge. In her own words, this is her story: “In December of 2016, the Cushing Library ran a three-part series on the theme of the 2017 Camden Conference – Refugees and Global Migration:  Humanity’s Crisis.  What a  thought-provoking and informative event it was, with powerful and poignant poetry that cut to the heart of the topic of the…


2017 College and University Student Award Winners

College & University Students Awards The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its college and university student essay contest which focused on the 2017 Conference theme: Refugees and Global Migration. First prize went to Jonas Eichenlaub, who participated in a 3-credit college course at the University College at Rockland as a dual enrollment, High School Aspirations student, for his essay entitled Refugees Can Be Part of the Solution: The Challenges of Lebanon. Second prize went to Zoe FitzGerald-Beckett from the University of Maine at Augusta for her essay entitled Climate Change Refugees: "What's in a Name?" Third prize was awarded to Brad O'Brien from the University of Maine at Augusta for his essay entitled Oh, Child Left Behind: The Next “Lost Generation”. The Conference congratulates our winners. 1st Prize                 Jonas Eichenlaub, University College at Rockland Center, High School Aspirations student 2nd Prize            ...

2016 College & University Students Awards

College & University Students Awards The Camden Conference is pleased to announce the winners of its college and university student essay contest which focused on the 2016 Conference theme: The New Africa. First prize (tie) went to Jesse McCormick from the University of Maine at Orono entitled American Hippos: The United States Military Establishment in Africa, and Danny Chambers from the University of Maine at Rockland, entitled Liberia: Governance and its Socioeconomic Impact. Because of the First place tie, there was no Second prize awarded. Third prize was awarded to Mary Negri from Unity College for her essay entitled How the Development of Social Media and Technology Aids Sub-Saharan Africa in Globalization and the Fight for Human Rights. The Conference congratulates our winners. 1st Prize (tie) Jesse McCormick 1st Prize (tie) Danny Chambers, UMA 3rd Prize Mary Negri, Unity College DOWNLOAD ESSAY DOWNLOAD ESSAY DOWNLOAD ESSAY  


College Essay Awards Given

Winners of the 2015 College Student Essay Contest on Russia were awarded their prizes at a meeting with the Camden Conference Education Committee – College team on August 13, 2015. Peter Imber, Camden Conference President, presented the awards: Brad O’Brien, first prize with a $500 award, and Stacie Gooldrup, second prize with a $300 award. Professor Peter Lodge from the University of Maine at Augusta congratulated his two award winning students. Our best wishes to Brad and Stacie as they pursue their future ambitions and dreams.


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.  


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.


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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