International Speakers Program

The objective of the International Speakers Program is to encourage discussion and debate at UF on major international and global issues. We do this by providing matching funds to departments, schools, and colleges that bring speakers to campus to address issues with an international or global focus of broad interest.

Proposing a Speaker

Proposals requesting our support may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed in a timely manner. The dean, director, or department chair of the proposing school, college, center, or department submits proposals to UFIC. A proposal should include the following information:

  • Speaker's name and resume
  • Proposed time, topic, and location of presentation
  • Estimate of audience size and composition and a description of what efforts will be made to publicize the event.
  • Brief description of the anticipated outcomes
  • Description of other activities to be accomplished by the speaker while he/she is on campus
  • Budget including other sources of funding
  • Name(s), rank, and campus address (including email) of faculty responsible for the speaker's itinerary
  • Statement of support and endorsement of the dean.

Criteria for Selection

Criteria for selection include the potential of the project for advancing international and global education at UF, the extent of interaction with students, particularly undergraduates, and the degree to which the project supports the international objectives of the department, school or college. Preference will be given to those proposals that also have committed funds from the department, school, college, center or other funding and reach a broad audience. Bonus points will be given for the timeliness of the topic and speakers that are proposed and supported by more than one department.

Any logistical, advertising or other support for the speaker's presentations will be the responsibility of the inviting department, school, college or center. UFIC can provide advice and additional funds to assist in publicizing the event. Speakers at conferences or workshops are eligible for support as long as the event is advertised and open to the public.

Financial Support

Typically the Program will underwrite up to half of the cost of a speaker, not to exceed $1500. Preference will be given to those proposals that also have committed funds from the department, school, college, center or other funding. Occasionally, additional funds are made available for promotional use.


A brief report on the speaker's presentation and affiliated activities is to be submitted via email to the International Center within two weeks after the speaker's presentation(s). This report should summarize the activities and include a brief summary of the speaker's remarks. The report will be posted on the UFIC website.

Questions regarding the International Speakers Program Fund should be directed to:

Leonardo A. Villalón, Ph.D.
Dean, International Center

or Vanessa Fayo
Executive Secretary
352 273-1536

Past Speakers and Activities

Speaker / Activity Dates
Ambassador Miriam Hughes, " Careers in Foreign Service” April 2010
Dr. Peter Pritchard, “Lonesome George and the Battle for Galapagos” Jan. 2010
Ambassador Dr. Edward Brynn, "The survival of contemporary slavery in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger" March 2008
Colonel (Ret.) Ann Wright, “Dissent: Voices of Conscience” Jan. 2008
M. Jean-François, “The Social Dimension of Globalization: The Role of the International Labor Organizations” & “Democratization in Global Perspective” Nov. 2007
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, “An Open Letter to the New President: Six Changes to U.S. Foreign Policy" Nov. 2007
Karen DeYoung, “Does the Bush Administration Care About Diplomacy” April 2007
Ambassador Harriet Elam-Thomas, "Emerging Democracies: Senegal As a Case Study & A Current Perspective of Entangled Alliances: Greece, Turkey and Cyprus" Feb. 2007
Col. Kim Olson (Ret.), “Iraq and Back – Inside the War to Win the Peace" Jan. 2007
Mort Rosenblum, “Understanding International Issues – Why Media Fails Us” Nov. 2006
Alejandro Toledo, “Poverty and the Future of Democracy in Latin America” Oct.2006
Dr. Sanam Vakil, "War with Iran - Avoidable or Inevitable" Oct.2006
Conference: Exploring Religion, Nature & Culture April 6 - 9, 2006
Deborah Bryceson, "Risking Death for Survival" April 14, 2006
David Phillipson, "The Rise & Fall of the Aksumites: An Ancient Civilization in the Horn of Africa" March 31, 2006
Benjamin R. Barber, "The Politics of Fear and the War of Terror" March 31, 2006
Scott Ritter, Speaker, Former Chief Weapons Inspectore for the UN Special Commission in Iraq March 28, 2006
Byung Man Ahn, President of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies March 23, 2006
Hugh Williams, Diplomat-in-Residence of the US Dept. of State March 21, 2006
Arno Bornkamp, International Saxophone Soloist and Master Teacher February 25, 2006
Bologna Degree Evaluation Workshop, Mariam Assefa February 28, 2006
John J Mearsheimer - Current US National Security Policy February 9, 2006
Chinese New Year Show February 5, 2006
Binnaz Toprak, Professor and Chair at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey, "Islam and Democracy in Turkey October 31, 2005
Global Narratives and Latin American Transnational Cultures Symposia Series October 27 & 29, 2005
El Anatsui Exhibition, Professor of Sculpture in Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka August 16 - October 16, 2005
Language, Nation & Globalization: First Graduate Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Hispanic/Latin American Literatures, Linguistics and Cultures October 13-14, 2005
Ambassador Jean-David Levitte, Ambassador of France to the U.S.: The United States and France in a World Transformed, Constans Theater October 3 , 2005
Wesley K. Clark: Four-star General and former NATO Supreme Allied Commander of Europe and NATO September 14, 2005
Kristina Tiedje: French Anthropologist September 6, 2005
El Anatsui, Artist: Lecture, Artist Gallery Talk and Recycled Creations Art-Making Activity August 16 & 18, 2005
Kyle Horch, saxophone. Professor, Royal College of Music, London, England
April 9, 2005
20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium March 31- April 2, 2005
Joe Galloway: Iraq - two years and counting - was it worth it, when will it end March 24, 2005
States of Violence Conference- "The Conduct of War in Africa"
March 17-19, 2005
Turkish-German Film Screening with Filmmaker Seyhan Derin March 9, 2005
Conference on Tropical Forests 2005 February 13-15, 2005
E. Ashley Wills: India, Outsourcing, and Other Trade Issues February 11, 2005
Robert Hosokawa: We Knew We Weren't the Enemy January 25, 2005
Art from the Rucksack II: Limerick, Ireland/Gainesville, Florida Exchange Exhibition August 24 - September 25, 2004
Saxophone Recital of Canadian and French music by Dr. William Street April 17, 2004
Tom Fiedler, Miami Herald March 29, 2004
David Ballard, U.S. Department of State's Office of Foreign Press March 23, 2004
The Latin American Business Environment: Corporate and Career Opportunities March 20, 2004
Public Concert - Dr. Matthew Gould(guitarist) & Ms. Beth Ilana Schneider (Violinist) February 11, 2004
Dawn-Marie Driscoll, Bentley College, Center for Business Ethics February 6, 2004
Conference on the syntax and semantics of Semitic Language October 10 - 12, 2003
The 2003 American Liszt Society Festival March 27 - 29, 2003
In Celebration of Women's History Month: A Symposium: Women Making New Worlds
March 19, 2003
The Carter Lectures on the Dynamics of Islam, African Studies February 21, 2003
The Media Workship, "Covering Africa: Focus on Islam" February 20, 2003
Hunger in Africa February 4, 2003
The Presidency, Congress, and the War on Terrorsim: Scholarly Perspectives Conference February 7, 2003
Knowledge & Power in the Discipline of International Relations March 22-23, 2002
Tropical Forests Conference February 2002
Michael Torke, School of Music November Conference
Bill Freund, African Studies November 13, 2001
Paul F. Diehl, Political Science November 8, 2001
Dipesh Chakrabarty, History September 28, 2001
Dr. Gabriela Vargas Cetina and Dr. Estefan Igor Ayora, History September 28, 2001
Keto Mshigeni, African Studies April 24, 2001
Wolde-ab Yissak, African Studies April 23, 2001
Guillermo Calvo, Economics April 22, 2001
Paul Gootenberg, History April 22, 2001
William G. Thom, African Studies April 21, 2001
Linda Fasulo, Model United Nations April 17, 2001
Sidney Mintz, Anthropology April 15, 2001