Free Mini-Conference - Artificial Intelligence: There’s Nothing Artificial About It! Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM Order Free Tickets
Annual Conference - February 18-21, 2020
Join us for the eighth annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs. The 3-1/2 Day will begin with the keynote address at the Palladium Theater, followed by three full days of panel discussions covering critical international issues at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Speakers and panelists include distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts. Check back regularly as we add details about the 2020 St. Petersburg Conference.

Free Mini Conference - November 6, 2019
This year we added a mini-conference to give a taste of what to expect. It takes place at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Research and Education Building. This free event offers two panel discussions on Artificial Intelligence anchored by featured speaker Dr. Nicolas Sabouret, noted academician and scholar at Université Paris-Saclay in France.
Last Year's Speakers
Each year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs continues to improve the quantity and caliber of our high-profile panelists. Here is a peak at some of them.
Raymond ArsenaultProfessor of Southern History, Author, Editor

Raymond Arsenault is the John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, where he has taught since 1980. A specialist in the political, social, environmental, and civil rights history of the American South, he has also taught at the University of Minnesota, Brandeis University, the University of Chicago, the Florida State University Study Abroad Center in London, and the Universite d'Angers, in France, where he was a Fulbright Lecturer in 1984-85. A native of Cape Cod, he was educated at Princeton University and Brandeis University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1981. He served as Associate Director of the Fulbright Commission Summer Institute in American Studies from 1980 to 1988, and he has lectured on American history and culture in a number of countries, including France, Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Norway, Iceland, Turkey, Tunisia, and Jordan.

Dennis JettDiplomat, International Affairs Professor

Dennis Jett is a founding faculty member and professor of international affairs of the School of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University. A former career diplomat, he served 28 years in the State Department in a wide range of positions including as Ambassador to Peru, Ambassador to Mozambique, on the National Security Council, as Deputy Chief of Mission in Malawi and Liberia, and in Argentina and Israel.

Eric LynnSenior Advisor Secretary of Defense, Policy Office Special Advisor on the Middle East Secretary of Defense

Eric Lynn served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Defense and as Special Advisor on the Middle East in the Policy Office of the Secretary of Defense. He advised three U.S. Secretaries of Defense (Robert Gates, Leon Panetta and Chuck Hagel) at the Pentagon, as well as the Undersecretaries for Policy, focusing on National Security and a range of Middle East issues.

Margaret MillerProfessor of Art and Art History

Margaret Miller is a Professor in the School of Art and Art History and Director of the Institute for Research in Art at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The Institute for Research in Art is dedicated to organizing and presenting exhibitions and commissioning works by internationally significant emerging and acclaimed artists. Miller holds an MA degree from the University of Hawaii in Asian Art History. Since 1978 she has served as Director of the USF Contemporary Art Museum, and in 2001 was appointed to also serve as Director of Graphicstudio, USF's renowned art production atelier. The Contemporary Art Museum, Graphicstudio and USF's Public Art Program form the Institute for Research in Art in the College of The Arts. During her tenure at USF she has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and curated numerous exhibitions with accompanying catalogues.

Michael BurchProfessor of Political Science

Michael Burch (Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Colorado at Boulder; M.A. in Security Policy, George Washington University) currently teaches at Eckerd College, emphasizing the role of rebel and criminal actors in shaping globalization with a focus on the Middle East and Africa. Recent publications examine how rebel groups fund conflict and how the international community decides to support rebel groups during civil war. He is currently researching the use of violence against journalists and also why certain communities engage in xenophobic violence in sub-Saharan Africa. Before working at Eckerd, he taught at Wabash College, worked in Washington, DC and completed fieldwork in Ghana, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Janel BrownDirector of Special Operations

Janel Brown is the Director of Special Operations and International Solutions for Radiant Solutions, a geospatial intelligence company specializing in providing predictive analytics, data enrichment, and geospatial big data powered by the highest resolution commercial imagery satellites available in the world. Janel leads Radiant Solutions' special operations and international business practice for all international, combatant command, and special operations customers.

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