February 13 -15, 2014
University of South Florida St. Petersburg University Student Center

Seminars will begin Thursday evening at approximately 4:30 p.m. and last one hour. They will continue all day Friday, February 14 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. We look forward to seeing you!


Thursday, February 13

4 :00 PM /Welcoming Remarks

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

4:30 PM / Religion and Politics are Like Oil and Water

Speakers: Wald, Hambley, Asayesh, Mantilla

5:50 PM / Africa: A New Success Story or China’s Backyard?

Speakers: Ofori-Dankwa, Felice, McGuire, Conteh-Morgan

Friday, February 14

9:00 AM / Getting Out of the Mideast and Asserting US Power in Asia

Speakers: Milani, Andrusyszyn, Wald, Delong

9:00 AM / The US Should Build Democracies in Countries Less Fortunate

Speakers: Carlin, Ofori-Dankwa, Reppert, Hozic

10:20 AM / Cyber-Terrorism is a Greater Threat Than Nuclear Weapons

Speakers: Andruscyn, Campbell, Milani, Clem

10:20 AM / Europe and America Can Go Their Separate Ways

Speakers: Olivieri, Heimann, Hozic, Lewis

11:30 AM / Sustaining Earth’s Resources is a Left-Wing Plot

Speakers: Noun, Alcock, Gardner, Rubiello

11:30 AM / Dealing with New Powers (Brazil, Russia, India, China…)

Speakers: Hozic, Yanbukhtin, Reppert, Verghese

12:40 PM / Foreign Service Careers

Students interested in pursuing a career in the US Foreign Service are cordially invited to attend this discussion with Edward Loo, a Foreign Service Officer and current Diplomat in Residence at Florida International University. Former US diplomats will also be in attendance to add their perspectives. A bag lunch is offered by USF St. Petersburg. (Ocean Room, second floor, Student Center.) Since seating is limited, students should reserve a seat in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2:00 PM / U.S. Military Intervention is the Only Alternative if Diplomacy Fails

Speakers: Felice, Heimann, Delong, Clem

2:00 PM / Global Warming Will Give Us More Time on the Beach

Speakers: Hambley, Rubiello, Alcock, Noun

3:10 PM / American Human Rights Policy Should Stress LGBT Issues

Speakers: Nadine Smith, Michael Smith, Tilley, Bejtovic

3:10 PM / What Happened to That Economic Recovery We Thought Was Upon Us?

Speakers: Hamilton, McGuire, Olivieri, Shank

Saturday, February 15

9:00 AM / Snowden and Manning – Traitors?

Speakers: Campbell, Carlin, Tilley, Clem, Cohen

10:10 AM / Let’s Get Rid of It, or Build a More Useful United Nations

Speakers: Michael Smith, Gardner, Thomas Smith

11:20 AM / America is an ‘Exceptional’ Country

Speakers: Ofori-Dankwa, Jett, Yanbukhtin, Arsenault



2014 Speaker List