The 8th annual Petersburg Conference on World Affairs takes place in St. Petersburg February 18 – 21, 2020, opening at the Palladium, continuing on the campus of University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), and closing at Eckerd College.
For 3-1/2 days, diplomats, academics, journalists, professionals in the arts, military and intelligence communities gather to consider and discuss international events, politics and other topics of critical interest and cultural nature.
The Conference opens with a Keynote address by Carol Bellamy, former Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) speaking at the Palladium on February 18.
The Conference continues February 19 – 21 on the campus of USFSP, with more than 30 panels, covering many of today’s hot button international issues. Three films look at the lives of Quakers who move from Alabama to Central America, LGBT refugees in America, and the extraordinary life of journalist Ruth Gruber.
Closing the Conference is a concluding speech by General John Nicholson (retired), recently the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, February 21 in Fox Hall at Eckerd College.
In concert with the Conference is St. Petersburg International Week, February 15 – 22. International Week includes theatrical & musical events, discounts at select local businesses and more.
Admission to the Conference is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to register on the website at: https://www.worldaffairsconference.com/register .