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The Event Archive offers an overview of the speakers, topics of conversation, 
and Florida locations of FSRA events held in 2015 through 2019. 
Additional information on speaker remarks is available on request.
Friday, March 8, 2019 - Tallahassee  Dr. Carol S. Weissert, Director of the LeRoy Collins Institute, LeRoy Collins Eminent Scholar, Professor of Political Science at Florida State University was the speaker. Dr. Weissert's topic was Florida Politics

Friday, January 11, 2019 - Sarasota   Raymond C. Offenheiser, former President of OXFAM/USA and current Director and Keough School Distinguished Professor of the Practice at Notre Dame University. Mr. Offenheiser’s topic was The role of foreign assistance as a tool of US foreign policy: How current efforts at aid reform may enhance or impede its effectiveness, and the impact of proposed funding cuts.

Friday, November 16, 2018 - Punta Gorda   Professor Brendan Goff, Assistant Professor of History at New College of Florida was our speaker. His topic of discussion was U.S. Foreign Policy and the State of International Relations under recent U.S. Presidents.

Saturday, September 22, 2018 - Melbourne   Dr. Tom Marcinkowski, Professor and Program Chair of Education at Florida Institute of Technology. His topic of discussion was: Trends in Public Opinion on the Environment in the U.S. and Their Implications for National Policies and Programs

Friday, May 11, 2018 - Bonita Springs  Dr. Roger Green, Chair & Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration at Florida Gulf Coast University, was our speaker. His topic of discussion was Conservative Populism in the U.S. and its Implications for Foreign Policy and International Relations.

Friday, January 12, 2018 - Orlando   Ambassador Harriet L. Elam-Thomas, retired, was our speaker for the FSRA Annual Meeting in Orlando. She discussed her memoire: Diversifying Diplomacy, My Journey from Roxbury to Dakar. She also spoke about the Role of Art in Diplomacy.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - Panama City Beach  The November event was organized around a tour of the Naval Surface Warfare Center - the national center of expertise for all military diving. It is the only such facility of its kind in the U.S. It creates, develops, tests, evaluates and supports underwater and surface life support equipment and systems.

Friday, May 12, 2017 – The Villages   Bryan Lifsey spoke about Protecting Yourself from Scams, and Cyber Security. His discussion centered on the Attorney General's Seniors vs Crime Project which has involved Florida seniors in not only their own protection, but also that of their fellow citizens, in the Senior Sleuths Program. 

Friday, March 31, 2017 - Howey-in-the-Hills  Professor Gary R. Mormino gave a presentation on Florida’s Early Days. Professor Mormino is the Frank E. Duckwall Professor Emeritus in Florida history at University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and presently holds the position of Scholar in Residence at the Florida Humanities Council.

Friday, January 13, 2017 - Bradenton  Dr. Darrell Slider, Professor in the School of Inter-disciplinary Global Studies at USF (Tampa) addressed FSRA members and guests.. His topic of discussion: A New Cold War? Or Could it be Worse?: The current state of US-Russian relations and the challenges presented by Putin's behavior over the past two years.

Friday, September 09, 2016 - St. Petersburg  The Honorable Nancy J. Powell, Career Ambassador, retired, served as Ambassador to Uganda, Ghana, Pakistan, Nepal and India, and served as the Director General of the Foreign Service. She addressed the FSRA members and guests at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Her topic was South Asian Policies and Issues

Friday, May 13, 2016 - Pompano Beach   Dr. Sharmila Vishwasrao, Associate Professor of Economics at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, addressed the FSRA Luncheon on May 13 at the Lighthouse Point Yacht and Racquet Club. Dr. Vishwasrao’s topic of discussion was U.S. Free Trade Pacts from NAFTA to the TTP: Boon or Bane? 

Friday, March 11, 2016 – Lakeland   Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Affairs, gave a comprehensive address on African Affairs and the Operations of the Africa Bureau, devoting special attention to the President's Young African Leaders Initiative. 

Friday, January 15, 2016 – Sarasota   Ambassador (ret) John A. Cloud is a Professor in the National Security Affairs Department of the U.S. Naval War College. Ambassador Cloud spoke about The Economic/Political State of Affairs in Ukraine (and their implication on its surrounding countries and the European Union). 

Friday, November 13, 2015 - Ybor City (Tampa)   Jeffrey W. Mazur, Deputy Foreign Policy Advisor, US Central Command, spoke at our November luncheon in Ybor City. As the Political Advisor (or POLAD) to the CENTCOM Commander, he spoke about CENTCOM’s Activities and How They Evolved.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 – Melbourne   Ms. Josephine (Josie) Burnett, Director of Exploration Research and Technology Programs, Kennedy Space Center, is responsible for Strategic Leadership in coordination with international partners and private contractors on space issues. A tour of the Kennedy Space Center was attended by members.

Friday, May 15, 2015 - Palm Coast    Dr. Parvez Ahmed, Professor of Finance at the University of North Florida, member of the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission, and a Fulbright scholar, spoke at the luncheon in May. His topic was  Terror in the Name of Islam – Unholy War not Jihad

Friday, March 20, 2015 – Gainesville    Former Foreign Service Officer John Caulfield spoke at our March luncheon in Gainesville. Mr Caulfield served as Chief of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba from 2011-2014. He presented a concise review of Cuban-American Relations during the past half century. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015 – Sarasota   Tony D’Souza gave a talk at our January luncheon that showed his pride in having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in two African assignments. At a time when HIV was devastating the Ivory Coast, he spoke of the challenges of living in the country and educating and training the local population on measures to avoid HIV.

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