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.
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.

Emmanuel RouxRestaurateur

Emmanuel Roux was born in Tunisia where his parents had a farm. He grew up between Tunisia, France and the UK. Roux studied hotel management in Switzerland before serving the French Navy and traveling the world.

Elizabeth Scott OsborneLawyer, Writer, Teacher, and International Development Professional

Scott is a lawyer, writer, teacher, and international development professional. She has worked with non-profits for over three decades, living in seven countries in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and traveling to 35 more. She is especially interested in issues around gender equity and education. Scott created and produced a play, SPOILED, about violence and masculinity in India and the US; designs curricula for an educational venture; and is currently working on a book about the lives of a group of girls and nuns in a shelter home in India. She serves on the board of the US National Committee for UN Women, is President of the Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women, and is on the Grants Selection Committee for Dining for Women.

Kathy StultsImpact and Engagement Director

Kathy has spent 43 consecutive years working with at risk youth in school settings including opening up a school for girls rescued from sex trafficking in 2015. She has been a volunteer for the Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute (RMWFI) for 18 years. She started the Youth Outreach Program for the Institute and it continues to bring filmmakers and youth together in the Pikes Peak region. Kathy also serves as the Chair of the Development Committee for the RMWFI and is looking forward to bringing this experience to the Youth Documentary Academy.

Jill RobertsAssistant Professor

Dr. Robert's research interests are in the use of molecular techniques such as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, sequencing, and other DNA-based methods to characterize microorganisms from sources such as foods, clinicial samples, environmental samples and others. The goal of these projects is to corrrelate the molecular data with epidemiological information about the bacteria tested including likely source of contamination, associated disease, antibiotic resistance, etc.

Robert BlakeState Department Leader

Ambassador Blake served for 31 years in the State Department in a wide range of leadership positions. In 2009, he was nominated by President Obama to be Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, serving from 2009-2013, for which he was awarded the State Department's Distinguished Service Award.

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