2016 Program / Schedule

2016 Schedule

Seminars will be February 17-19, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 5 PM ET.

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.

We look forward to seeing you!

Depending on current events and their continued relevance, we will change or add to the following seminar schedule.

If you have a topic that you would like to submit for consideration, please click here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Topic Moderator Speakers Time
Welcome USFSP Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, St. Petersburg Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, Ambassador Douglas McElhaney 8:30 AM
Obamacare, Single Payer, Private Health Insurance: Can We Afford any of Them? Chak Prakash Guerlain, Baier, Wieringa, Wolfe, R. Smith 9:00 AM
American Jobs: Does Anybody Want Them? Can Anybody Find Them ? Greg Holden Sondhi, Bolton, Brown, economist 9:00 AM
A New Generation: Different Voices, Different Perspectives Wes Wallace Shepard, Moritz, Garrick, Mehta 10:20 AM
Women Passing through the Glass Ceiling: Inevitable, Rarely, or Ouch it Hurts? Janet Crane Elmaleh, Bolton, Castor, Houghton, Crane 10:20 AM
The Isis Caliphate: Religious Frenzy, Sex Slaves, Bad Behavior, and lots of Shoot’em Up. How do We Tackle That Combo? George Hamilton Miniter, Hutchinson, Tagg, Guerlain 11:30 AM
Development Assistance or Nation Building: What’s Our Latest Sure-Fire Theory for Helping? Karin Braunsberger Mehta, Kasaija, Lieberman, Sondhi, Braunsberger 11:30 AM
Gun Rights, Mental Health Rights/ Where Should Societies Draw the Line? Ray Arsenault Armstrong, Butina, Simon, Moritz 2:00 PM
Africa: Unstable at any Speed? Robert Strickler Garrick, Kasaija, Maingot 2:00 PM
Mending Bridges with Cuba and Venezuela Joe McClash Carlson, Maingot, Fernandez, Fox 3:10 PM
Film: My Africa Is: Alternative Nairobi Q&A with Filmmaker Nosarieme Garrick 3:10 PM

Thursday, February 18 , 2016

Topic Moderator Speakers Time
Europe’s Far Right: Is it Growing, Evolving, or Returning? Is it Mirrored in the U.S.? Ray Arsenault Ray Arsenault, Miniter, Guerlain, Wieringa 9:00 AM
Should GLBT People Be Granted Asylum in America? Thomas Smith Calo, Clem, Shepard, Ruiz 9:00 AM
Syria: What about Those Refugees, Now That We Know . . . Tom Badey Ruiz, Badey, Lemmon, Powers, Garrick 10:20 AM
That Foreign Policy Vision Thing: Presidential Tradition or a Big Yawn? John Boardman Miniter, Elmaleh, Poteat 10:20 AM
Post-Cold War Power Politics: Eastern Europe and the Middle East John Reppert Clem, Potter, Schaeffer, Miniter 11:30 AM
Internet Earthquake: News in an Era when Everyone is a Reporter and a Publisher Diane Seligsohn Clark, Arsenault, Garrick 11:30 AM
Economics & Refugees: The Twin Death Rays Attacking the European Union? Pierre Guerlain Badey, Guerlain, Miniter, Tagg 2:00 PM
Breaking News: The Overlooked, the Shadows, the Good Stuff Ashley Brown Garrick, Clark, Arsenault, Seligsohn 2:00 PM
Immigrants: A New Wall or a New Screen Door? Marilyn Kaleel Clem, Solomon, Elmaleh, Ogunmefun, Wali 3:10 PM
Elite Tastes vs. Basic Needs: Organic, Genetically Modified or Insufficient Food Emmanuel Roux Chrzan, Lynch, Roux, Lieberman, Mehta 3:10 PM

Friday, February 19, 2016

Topic Moderator Speakers Time
China as Cyber Terrorist, Economic Powerhouse, Military Threat or Withering Giant? Hampton Stephens McDowell, Fidler, Heath 9:00 AM
Turkey on the Edge: The Neighborhood’s Gone to Hell and It’s No Fun at Home Either Jesse Turtle Akdag, Lemmon, Thomas Smith, Powers 9:00 AM
Iran after the Nuclear Agreement: Are We Riding the Back of the Tiger? Joe Menasce Badey, Tagg, Hutchinson, Lemmon 10:20 AM
Film Screening: Return to Homs, followed by Q&A TBD 10:20 AM
Russia: Imperial Aspirations on a Beer Budget Bob Noun Butina, Clem, Boterbloem, Miniter 11:30 AM
Frenemies: China and Russia or Two Dragons Kissing with Fire Bob Deutsch Heath, Poteat, Schaeffer, Yanbukhtin 11:30 AM
St Petersburg: What’s the International Angle for the City? Paul Wilborn Mayor Kriseman, Betzer, Durr, Faust, Wilborn 2:00 PM
Cyberspace: Where are the Red Lights, Stop Signs, and Traffic Cops? Barb Strickler Fidler, Hutchinson, Poteat, Powers 2:00 PM
If Money is the Lifeblood of Terrorism, How Do We Encourage Bleeding? Carol Cason Potter, Liberto, Dumas 3:10 PM
Egg Roll vs Coca-Cola Diplomacy: China and the West fight for Clout in the Developing World? Michel Amblard McDowell, Kasaija, Mehta 3:10 PM

International Career

College students who are interested in international careers are cordially invited to the events below.

Date Time Time
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thinking About Serving in the Peace Corps? Meet a Recruiter
Thursday, February 18, 2016 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. What’s It Take to Be a Diplomat? Careers in the State Department
Friday, February 19, 2016 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Careers in Intelligence: Learn More from a 30-Year CIA Veteran

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