February 26 -28, 2015
University of South Florida St. Petersburg University Student Center

Seminars will begin Thursday afternoon at approximately 2:30 p.m. and last one hour. They will continue all day Friday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m., and will recommence Saturday morning at 9 a.m. and end at approximately 12 p.m. that afternoon. As you’ll see from the detailed program information shown below, a broad range of popular topics and speakers are scheduled. If you are planning on attending, please take a moment to let us know by using our sign up form on our website. Complimentary parking available in the USFSP parking garage. Please use floors 2-5, and avoid spaces marked as “gold” because you may be ticketed. We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, February 26

2:00 PM / Welcoming Remarks

Speakers: Sophia T. Wisniewska, Chancellor, USF St. Petersburg • Rick Kriseman, Mayor of St. Petersburg • Douglas L. McElhaney, Ambassador (ret.)

2:30 PM / Oh, What a Lovely War: Syria Edition

Speakers: Joshua Landis, Norine McDonald, Larry Butler, Robert Schaefer

3:50 PM / Terrorism: How Long and How to Resist It?

Speakers: Wole Soyinka, Chuck Campbell, Norine McDonald, Pierre Guerlain

5:00 PM / Women’s Rights: A Western Construct or a Universal Goal?

Speakers: Marcia Cohen, Neelofer Syed, Pierre Guerlain, Myriam Irizarry


Friday, February 27

9:00 AM / Russia after the Ukraine and Crimea Grabs: What’s for Dessert?

Speakers: Ralph Clem, Damon Wilson, Clarence Juhl, Robert Schaefer, Ilgiz Yanbukhtin

9:00 AM / Can We Keep our Rights and Protect Our Country Too?

Speakers: Barbara Carlin, Melissa Ruggiero, Chuck Campbell, Burton Hersh

10:20 AM / Cuba: What’s the New Normal?

Speakers: Gary Mormino, Felipe Mantilla, Ralph Fernandez, Janet Long

10:20 AM / Breaking News: What Didn’t the Press Tell Us?

Speakers: Jim Verhulst, Joshua Landis, George Hamilton, Kelly McBride

11:30 AM / If We #Hashtag It, Will Sea Rise Go Away?

Speakers: Brendan Doyle, Don Chambers, Joseph Smoak

11:30 AM / Internet-Era War: Videos, Beheadings, and Asymmetric Violence

Speakers: Chuck Campbell, Clarence Juhl, Damon Wilson, Aida Hozic

2:00 PM / International Criminal Tribunals: Kangaroo Courts We Should Oppose?

Speakers: Michael Smith, Barbara Carlin, Melissa Ruggiero, Edward Kissi

2:00 PM / If You Had Five Minutes with the NEXT President, What Would You Recommend?

Speakers: Judy Heimann, Wole Soyinka, Ilgiz Yanbukhtin, Ralph Clem

3:10 PM / Immigration: Is Anyone Happy with the Status Quo?

Speakers: Anne Marie Winter, Scott Brown, Kathlyn Mackovjak, Adriana Dinis

3:10 PM / Europe and the U.S.: Is Mutual Disdain the Basis for an Alliance?

Speakers: Pierre Guerlain, Ilkka Ahtokivi, Aida Hozic, Judy Heimann


Saturday, February 28

9:00 AM / International Diseases: How Can We Fight Them Most Effectively?

Speakers: Michael Smith, Erin Kennedy, Allison Messina

10:10 AM / Elections around the World: More Democracy or More Campaign Techniques?

Speakers: Tom Edmonds, Mauricio de Vengoechea, Ilkka Ahtokivi, Norine McDonald

11:20 AM / U.S. Foreign Policy: Do We Need a Better Process or Better People?

Speakers: Bill Felice, Aida Hozic, Clarence Juhl, Larry Butler

International Careers Luncheons

College students who are interested in international careers are cordially invited to the events below.
(Lunch is provided. Click here to register separately.)

• Thursday, February 26, 12:30 PM / Careers in the Central Intelligence Agency
• Friday, February 27, 12:40 PM / Careers in the U.S. Foreign Service