Special Keynote Night CHUCHITO VALDES TRIO Jazz Concert - Tues., Feb. 18th 8 pm. Use code “WORLD” for $10 off $25 Tier “B” tickets.
8th Annual Conference February 18 – 21, 2020
Join us for the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs! This year’s 3-1/2 day event begins with a Keynote Address at the Palladium, 5:00 pm Feb. 18, and ends with a Closing Address at Fox Hall - Eckerd College, 7:00 pm Feb. 21. Panel Discussions are daily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Feb. 19 – 21 at University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) Student Center and Kate Tiedemann College of Business. Admission is free and open to the public.
Expand Your World View………. Further!
The success of the Saint Petersburg Conference on World Affairs inspired Mayor Rick Kriseman last year to proclaim the creation of St Petersburg International Week to run concurrently with the conference. During the week of Feb 17 – 21 we will be offering additional activities in support of our program, including various international culinary and artistic events.
Speakers for 2020 Conference
Each year the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs continues to improve the quantity and caliber of our high-profile panelists. Here is a peek at some of them.
Alan DeLisleCity Development Administrator for the City of St. Petersburg

Alan DeLisle is currently the City Development Administrator for the City of St. Petersburg. Five departments report to him, including Planning & Development Services, Economic & Workforce Development, Real Estate & Property Management, Transportation & Parking Management and Enterprise Facilities Department. The position reports to the Mayor. Alan has spent over 25 years in the economic development and public policy field. He has specialized in public-private economic development partnerships that transform communities, expand commerce and help to create jobs for local residents. He has managed Economic Development City Departments for Buffalo, New York, and Durham, North Carolina, has served as Executive Director of not-for-profit Development Corporations in Buffalo and Louisville, Kentucky, led the Durham Workforce Development Board and has served as Durham’s Assistant City Manager. Alan has planned, organized, negotiated and executed several public-private partnerships that resulted both in redevelopment and new construction. In Durham, he was part of the team that helped to transform old tobacco factories into multi-use commercial hubs and was the City’s project manager for the very successful Durham Performing Arts Center. Throughout his career, Alan has helped to develop office parks, neighborhood revitalization projects, brownfields, retail, tourism, streetscapes, multi-use transportation centers, business development initiatives, cultural/arts projects, workforce outcomes and commercial and housing financing products. Alan earned his BA in Communications/Journalism from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York in 1982. He continued his education at the State University of New York Albany (SUNY-A) by earning a Master’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in State and Local Government in 1985. Mr. DeLisle is also a Certified Economic Development professional by the International Economic Development Council.

Pierre GuerlainProfessor

Pierre Guerlain is Professor emeritus of American Studies at Université Paris-Nanterre, France. His fields of research are US foreign policy, US politics and social movements, Discourse Analysis, and Intercultural Studies. Professor Guerlain has done a lot of work on “anti-Americanism” and the image of the US abroad. He has also published a number of articles on social and political movements in the US. Professor Guerlain’s book about the mutual perceptions of the Americans and the French is titled Miroirs transatlantiques: la France et les Etats-Unis entre passions et indifférences. It was published by L’Harmattan in 1996.

Donald MorrisonAuthor and Journalist

Donald Morrison is an author, journalist and educator. In a long career at TIME magazine, he served as editor of its World section in New York, its Asian edition in Hong Kong and its European edition in London. He has taught at New York University's London Center, Tsinghua University in Beijing and the Institut d'etudes politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.

Stephan SchindlerProfessor of German Studies

Dr. Stephan K. Schindler is Professor of German Studies at the University of South Florida,

Susan HarperConsul General of Canada in Miami

Prior to moving to Miami, Ms. Harper held two consecutive positions in Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa: Director General and Senior Arctic Official (2013-16) and Director General, Trade and Technical Barriers (2009-13). In 2004, she had been posted to the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC, where she became Minister (Economic) in 2008. She had previously been Ambassador in Montevideo, Uruguay (2001-04), after having held trade positions in Yaounde', Paris and Buenos Aires. Before joining the Government of Canada, Ms. Harper taught at both Cambrian College in Sudbury, and George Brown College in Toronto.

Dan  Boylan National Security Reporter

Dan Boylan worked on his first political campaign at the age of 11. By 18, he'd witnessed the protests in Tiananmen Square. His interest in documenting the world led to a journalism career covering state legislatures in Massachusetts and North Carolina, national security in Washington, and great-power politics as a foreign correspondent in Asia. After a Fulbright Fellowship studying free press in Indonesia, Dan taught journalism in Shanghai and Azerbaijan. Following 9/11, he served as a communications advisor to the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. State Department and multiple foreign governments. Postings included Afghanistan and Iraq, where he directed the Multi-National Forces Iraq Media Operations Center in Baghdad during the final days of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the trial of Saddam Hussein. After the Arab Spring, Dan led efforts to support the Syrian opposition’s strategic communications fight against Bashar al-Assad and ISIS. Today, from his base on Capitol Hill, Dan lectures on investigative journalism, political polarization, global strategic communications, media history, and street art. Dan was recently recognized for his reporting on Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election with a Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency, and a Society for Professional Journalists award. As a filmmaker, his work was shown at the Cannes Film Festival and he has also been on radio and TV stations including National Public Radio, the BBC and C-Span. He advises governments, militaries, NGOs, and corporations around the world