2017 Program / Schedule

2017 Schedule

February 15-17, 2017 University of South Florida St. Petersburg University Student Center

Seminars will be February 15-17, 2017 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 15, 2017

Topic Moderator Speakers Time
Welcome USFSP Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Ambassador Douglas McElhaney 8:30 AM
Here’s a tweet: build that wall and make them pay. Janet Crane Iglesias, Slattery, Grim, van Keppel 9:00 AM
Africa: are its states on a firm footing? Wesley Wallace Matthews, Mbatu, B. Smith, M. Smith 9:00 AM
Canada and America: are we brothers or distant cousins? Michel Amblard Grim, Morgan, Gallon, McIntosh 10:20 AM
Offshore holdings: hiding your hard-earned cash from the tax man. George Hamilton Fabrega, Casadonte, Princip, Wistocki 10:20 AM
Cyber meddling: what to do about it? Arsenault Sridharan, J. Maguire, Lyon 11:30 AM
International education: who wins and who loses? Ray Gallon Casadonte, M. Smith, Davis, Rowen 11:30 AM
The Arab Spring: is it now December? J. Maguire Jawad, King, Clem, Kubicek 2:00 PM
Trade agreements like NAFTA work to our disadvantage. Kevin McGuire Limayem, Hoskinson, Princip 2:00 PM
President Trump’s foreign policy: from tweets to reality. Steve Tauber Edmonds, Hoskinson, J. Maguire, Skinner 3:10 PM
Enlighten me: how do you bring back jobs to America? Tom Cason Sundaram, Limayem, K. McGuire, Miniter 3:10 PM

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Topic Moderator Speakers Time
After Ukraine, Georgia, and Crimea, where is Putin’s next land grab? Edmonds Kubicek, Slider, McCarthy, Clem 9:00 AM
You broke it, you buy it. Chances for progress in Afghanistan and Iraq? Robert Schaefer Hogle, Shemanski, Skinner, M. Smith 9:00 AM
Africa: is it finally ready for its close-up? Wallace Biloa, J. Maguire, D. Seligsohn, Rowen 10:20 AM
Spying: do you talk with real people or crack internet codes? Ralph Clem Shemanski, Clem, Pope, R. Neuman 10:20 AM
The arts: a pillar of civilization or increasingly commercialized commodity? Brincklow Lydecker, Cleary, Lapidus, Yanbukhtin 11:30 AM
Arab-Israeli peace: any bets on near-term progress? Biloa Jimenez-Bacardi, Menasce, Shemanski 11:30 AM
Syria: can we find a dog in this fight? Sattin Jawad, Biloa, Skinner, Miniter 2:00 PM
“River to the Heart,” a film by Eddy Harris. Followed by Q&A with Mr. Harris. Diane Seligsohn 2:00 PM
NATO: your grandfather’s great idea? Robert Schaefer Skinner, McCarthy, Pauland, Miniter, Barclay 3:10 PM
Globalization: vaccine against war or a catalyst for nationalist upheaval? Tom Cason Biloa, R. Neuman, King 3:10 PM

Friday, February 17, 2017

Topic Moderator Speakers Time
Is Populism the new normal? J. Maguire King, Biloa, Pope, Miniter 9:00 AM
Why is Canada Dudley Do-Right and America GI Joe? Diane Seligsohn Gallon, Grim, Morgan, Skinner 9:00 AM
Identity Politics in a Global World Scher Harris, B. Smith, Acevedo, S. Neuman 10:20 AM
Music and Art: how their impact overpowers political borders. Paul Wilborn Lapidus, Manson, Suggs, Brincklow 10:20 AM
Brexit, Greece, refugees, Italian banks: the end of the EU dream? Michael Amblard Shemanski, Hamilton, Maguire, Barclay 11:30 AM
Getting to (re) know you: Cuba and America after 12 months of relations. Joe McClash Fabrega, Boardman, Hoskinson, Miniter 11:30 AM
Like it or lump it, fake news is here to stay. Leo Seligsohn R. Neuman, Maguire, Hogle, Mantzarlis 2:00 PM
Off the front page: have our Central-American neighbors turned it around? Tony Sondhi Wistocki, Morgan, van Keppel 2:00 PM
What’s it really like being an immigrant? Ray Gallon Harris, Prakash, Slattery, Acevedo 3:10 PM
Is Turkey (still) an ally and an aspirant to the Europe club? Susan Neuman Kubicek, Pope, Ozturk 3:10 PM

International Careers

College students who are interested in international careers are cordially invited to the International Careers Luncheons shown below:

Topic Date Time
Luncheon 1 Wednesday February 15, 12:30 PM Learn About the Peace Corps
Luncheon 2 Friday, February 17, 12:30 PM Careers in the U.S. Foreign Service

Luncheons will be held in the Ocean Room (small ballroom), second floor, Student Center. Since seating is limited, we are no longer accepting signups for the luncheons at this time. All seats have been reserved.

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