The 2019 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs was a huge success. The 3-1/2 Day event at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg drew hundreds of people to over 30 Panel Discussions. Speakers and panelists included distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts discussing critical international issues of the day. Stay tuned for details about the 2020 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs scheduled for February 18 - 21, 2020.
Our Speakers
Each year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs continues to improve the quantity and caliber of our high-profile panelists. 2019 was no exception. With over 30 Panel Discussions, the 2019 Conference featured speakers and panelists of intelligence officials, diplomats, media and academic experts for 3-1/2 days of discussions about critical international issues.
Judy KreithDance Educator and Choreographer

Judy Kreith is a professional dance educator and choreographer. She received her MA Degree from Stanford University. Her mother, Marion Finkels Kreith, is the key inspiration for the documentary film, Cuba's Forgotten Jewels: a haven in Havana. Judy has extensively studied Cuban dance and while in Cuba, began research into the Jewish refugees' diamond polishing industry that flourished in Havana during the Second World War, working on-site with Cuban historians. Judy contributes her research and knowledge, along with her personal connection and passion for this project and its potential impact. She has spoken on this topic to many groups, including a conference at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Louise BuhrmannPsychiatrist

Dr. Buhrmann was in private practice psychiatry in Florida for 38 years and now volunteers at Grace Medical Home. She is board certified in general psychiatry and addictions and worked with eating disorder patients. Active with the Florida Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association, she continues to be a mental health advocate. She enjoys travel and creating sculpture.

Tiffany ChennevilleProfessor and Chair of Psychology

Dr. Chenneville is Professor and Chair of Psychology at the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg. She holds a Joint Appointment in the USF Department of Pediatrics where she serves as a Behavioral Health Consultant for the Pediatric and Adolescent Infectious Disease Program. Dr. Chenneville's primary program of research is in the area pediatric HIV with a focus on the psychosocial issues affecting children and youth with perinatally and behaviorally acquired HIV. Historically, Dr. Chenneville prioritized issues of law, policy, and ethics with a particular emphasis on the decisional capacity of children with HIV to participate in treatment and research along with global research ethics. She continues with these lines of research but, more recently, also has been engaged in community-based participatory research on HIV-related stigma among youth. Because HIV is a global disease, Dr. Chenneville is interested in cross-cultural research. She has worked in India and currently is working Kenya. Dr. Chenneville has contributed significantly to the literature with a multitude of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She recently published an edited book with Springer Publishing, A Clinical Guide to Pediatric HIV: Bridging the Gaps Between Research and Practice. Dr. Chenneville's work has been recognized through many awards and honors to include the USF World Global Achievement Faculty Award for International Research, the USF Faculty Outstanding Research Award, the Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Award, and the USFSP Chancellors Award for Excellence in Research.

Ann MorrisonWriter, Editor

In the first 15 years of her career, Ann Morrison rose from fact-checker to executive editor of FORTUNE magazine, a Time Inc. magazine. In 1994, the company named her chief editorial executive of its Asiaweek magazine in Hong Kong, where she remained until 2000. That year Time Inc. transferred her to London, where she became co-editor (with her husband Donald Morrison) of the European edition of TIME. In 2008 and 2009, she was a lecturer in the Global Business Journalism Program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In 2011 and 2012, she taught media management at Sciences-Po in Paris, in addition to freelancing for various publications. She now serves on the Advisory Committee of the American Library in Paris, and continues to freelance as a writer and an editor on subjects ranging from French beauty secrets to Chinese culture. A graduate of the College of New Rochelle, she holds graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the London School of Economics.

Robin TruesdaleDocumentary Filmmaker and Two Hands Films Founder

Robin Truesdale is a documentary filmmaker and the founder of Two Hands Films. She brings her storytelling abilities and craft to this project as the cinematographer, editor, and technical director. Robin began her career as a news editor for a Denver television station. After years of constructing news and educational stories through video, she was introduced to documentary film's powerful potential to communicate deeper stories about people, cultures, and issues of the times. Her work deals primarily with social justice, cultural, and humanitarian issues. Robin received her BS and MS Degrees in Journalism from the University of Colorado.

John ZogbyZogby Poll Founder, Author

John Zogby, founder of the Zogby Poll and the Zogby companies, is an internationally respected pollster, opinion leader and best-selling author. He has joined with his sons Benjamin and Jeremy in a new company called John Zogby Strategies, a strategic visioning firm specializing in preparing companies and agencies for the coming wave of dynamic changes. A much sought-after speaker, he is represented by the American Program Bureau of Boston. Zogby is also the inaugural Director of the Keenan Center for Entrepreneurship at his alma mater, Le Moyne College.

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