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4 former Speakers of the Florida House to participate in USF event

TAMPA, Fla. -- Former Speakers of the Florida House of Representatives Dean Cannon, H. Lee Moffitt, Ralph Haben and Donald Tucker will be the featured panelists at the University of South Florida's inaugural Florida Legislative Speakers Forum. Organized by the College of Arts and Sciences, the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, at the Old Capitol Museum in Tallahassee, Fla.

The panel discussion, moderated by USF Distinguished University Professor Susan MacManus, will be a unique opportunity to hear from notable former speakers who will share individual experiences during their leadership, as well as discuss issues facing Florida today.

"It will be fascinating to see the evolution of Florida--politically and demographically--through the eyes of those who played major roles in the crafting of key policies," MacManus said.

The event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited. The Florida Channel will be recording this event, which can be viewed on the following day.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, and all proceeds support the college's public policy internship programs and the minimal costs associated with this event. These internship programs offer USF students with an incredible opportunity to learn first-hand about public policy issues facing Florida and to become involved in the legislative process.

A highly-selective program, the Tallahassee Internship Program (TIP) begins with an intensive course on Florida history, issues and politics before students relocate to Tallahassee for the 60-day legislative session, where they intern for an elected official or an organization that is involved with the legislative process. Up to 10 students are selected for the program each year and are awarded a $3,500 scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences and USF Alumni Association.

Locally,students can participate in the Legislative Internship Program (LIP), where students are matched with federal, state or local elected officials or think-thank/policy agencies. Selected students work nine hours a week and receive a $300 USF Alumni Association Scholarship.

For more information about the Florida Speakers Forum and how to become a sponsor, please visit


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