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February 12th–15th, 2019

The 2019 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs is a 3-1/2 Day event with over 30 Panel Discussions held at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Speakers and panelists include distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts discussing critical international issues of the day at each annual conference.
Our Speakers
The 2019 St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs will feature speakers and panelists of intelligence officials, diplomats, media and academic experts for 3-1/2 days of discussions about critical international issues.
Scott BrownChief Economist

Scott Brown joined the Raymond James Equity Research Department in 1995 after two years as an economist in the firm's Fixed Income Research Department.  Before his arrival at Raymond James, he was manager of economic research at Pacific First Bank in Seattle and had previously been director of economic research at First Imperial Advisors in San Diego.  He also worked as an economist for the San Diego Gas & Electric Company.  Dr. Brown earned his doctorate in economics from the University of California at San Diego, where he studied time series analysis and forecasting under Nobel Laureates Robert F. Engle and Clive W.J. Granger.  Dr. Brown also holds an M.S. degree in statistics from the University of Illinois and a B.A. degree in mathematics from the University of California at Irvine.  Dr. Brown serves on the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Bankers Association. He is also a member of The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's Economic Advisory Roundtable and has previously served as a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors for the state of Florida. Dr. Brown has appeared on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business News, and is often quoted in the financial press.  

Linda LucasProfessor of Economics and Women's Studies

Linda E. Lucas received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hawaii and taught economics and women's studies in multiple universities around the world including Thammasat in Bangkok, Instituto Autonimo de Mexico (Mexico City), Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda), Eckerd College, University of South Florida and University of Notre Dame. She has published extensively in her fields including Unpacking Globalization: Markets, Gender and Work (Rowman and Littlefield, 2007. Linda has served as a Fulbright Professor of Economics in Mexico and Uganda; a Fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu; a Visiting Scholar at Thailand Development Research Institute. She is Professor Emerita of Economics at Eckerd College and Retired Assistant Dean of Special Projects in the Honors College at the University of South Florida (Tampa). She is a founding member of the International Association for Feminist Economics.

Lynda SchusterJournalist, Reporter

As a former staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Lynda Schuster began her career in 1980 in the paper's Dallas bureau, covering agriculture in the Southwest. Soon after, she was named the Central America correspondent, reporting on the wars in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. In 1983, she became the Journal's Mexico bureau chief.

Gary MorminoProfessor Emeritus of Social History

Gary Mormino, is prolific writer, author of a wide range of academic and popular books. Immigrants on the Hill (University of Illinois press, 1986) won the Howard Marraro Prize as the outstanding book in Italian history. The Immigrant World of Ybor City (University of Illinois Press, 1987) received the Theodore Saloutos Prize for the outstanding book in ethnic-immigration history. In addition, two of his articles have received prizes for the best writing in Florida history. He has written for the St. Petersburg Times, Orlando Sentinel, and Miami Herald. He currently writes a bi-weekly column on state and local history for the Tampa Tribune.

Wayne GriffithForeign Service Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

Wayne Griffith was a career member of the Foreign Service from 1972 to 2002, serving in Mexico, Jerusalem, Nicaragua, Peru, Japan, Great Britain and Washington. He retired as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in September 2002. Wayne is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the National War College. A native of New Jersey, he now resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

William DowellForeign Correspondent, Publisher

William Dowell spent more than a decade as a foreign correspondent for TIME Magazine in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Prior to that he worked for both NBC and ABC News on a wide range of foreign assignments that included the war in Vietnam, the revolution and post revolution in Iran, the civil war in Lebanon, the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, various conflicts in Africa and international terrorism, along with the impact of climate change on developing countries.

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