Save the date! Next Conference February 23 – 26, 2021

The St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs returns to St. Petersburg February 18 - 21, 2020, opening at the Palladium, continuing on the campus of University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), and closing at Eckerd College.

Now in its eighth year, the 3-1/2 day Conference begins 5:00 pm, February 18, at the Palladium with a Keynote address by Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The Conference continues daily with panel discussions, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, February 19 – 21, on the campus of USFSP. There are more than 30 panels, covering many of today’s hot button international issues. Panelists include diplomats, academics, journalists, and professionals in the arts, military and intelligence services.

The Conference concludes with a speech by General John Nicholson (retired), recently the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, 7:00 pm, February 21, in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Topic
Moderators
Speakers
Time
Location
12:30 PM
Student only luncheon. Students will hear from a representative from the US State Department for future career opportunites.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Topic
Moderators
Speakers
Time
Location
12:30 PM
Student only luncheon. Students will hear from a representative from the Peace Corps for future career opportunites.
Meg Moritz
2:30 PM
“Unsettled” follows the stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East as they flee persecution in their countries of origin to seek better and safer lives in the U.S. Directed by Tom Shepard.
“Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber.”
Presented in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum with the generous support of the Jack Chester Foundation
4:15 PM
The film captures the drama of Ruth’s life as she lent her camera lens – and her heart – to refugees of war. “You could not invent Ruth Gruber . . . not even in a movie” -- Richard Holbrooke. Presented in partnership with the Florida Holocaust Museum with the generous support of the Jack Chester Foundation

Friday, February 21, 2020

Topic
Moderators
Speakers
Time
Location
9:10 AM
Dr. Prager is a marine scientist and author, widely recognized for her expertise and ability to make science entertaining and understandable for people of all ages.
12:30 PM
Student only luncheon. Students will hear from a Fulbright representative for Fulbright study abroad opporunities.
1:30 PM
Architect and author Ann Sussman explores the impact that architecture has on our brains. Ann’s book, Cognitive Architecture, Designing for How We Respond to the Built Environment, co-authored with Justin B. Hollander, won the 2016 Place Research Award from the Environmental Design Research Association.
“Sweet Home Monteverde”
This presentation is featured by St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts.
2:10 PM
“Sweet Home Monteverde,” presented by director/editor Robin Truesdale. How far would you go for your beliefs? In 1950, a group of Quaker war-resisters left their Alabama home in search of a life of pacifism. They found it in a Costa Rica cloud forest. This presentation is featured by St. Petersburg Celebration of the Arts
2:30 PM
Author and political consultant Bruce Eberle argues that African- Americans are moving back to the Republican Party, and that Donald Trump is the major reason.
3:30 PM
Discussion with François Savatier about his book "A pocket history of human evolution: How we became sapiens"
7:00 PM
Fox Hall at Eckerd College
President of Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation. Former leader of NATO forces in Afghanistan to conclude 2020 Conference.

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The Conference is free and open to the public, but you must register for tickets in advance.

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