World Affairs Conference Draws Over 1,000

(left to right) Ambassador Doug McElhaney, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Dr. Thomas Smith and presenter and sponsor George Hamilton, Chairman of National Payment Corporation (NatPay)

(left to right) Ambassador Doug McElhaney, Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, Dr. Thomas Smith and presenter and sponsor George Hamilton, Chairman of National Payment Corporation (NatPay)

The 3rd Annual St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs drew record numbers this year as distinguished diplomats, military, media, and academic experts gathered on campus to discuss critical international issues of the day. Well over a thousand people attended the event.

“This year’s conference, as always, focused on the most timely issues of the day,” said Dr. Thomas Smith, director of the USFSP Honors Program and a conference co-founder. “Panelists addressed geopolitical issues of Syria, Cuba and Ukraine, as well as the challenges of climate change, infectious diseases and women’s rights.”

The conference featured an impressive roster of speakers, including Nigerian author and playwright Wole Soyinka, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize for Literature. For more information, visit http://stpetersburgintheworld.com