UI provides intriguing events and programs that will connect you with our international community.

Dec
11
Tue
2018
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice – A Bilingual Exhibit
Dec 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Now through January 27
Dinosaurs have roared into the Upstate South Carolina, with this bi-lingual exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. Crossing the threshold of this interactive exhibition means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaurs.
This is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for young explorers, ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).
Children can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, hopping across stepping stones in an icy river,  uncovering dinosaur bones in a dig station and examining fossils to identify dinosaurs.

Upcountry History Museum photo

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission:
Children & Teens (ages 4-18): $7
Children (ages 3 and under): FREE
Seniors (65+) & College Students (with ID): $8
Adults: $9
Dec
13
Thu
2018
Stride & Stroll
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am
Stride and Stroll with the UIWG
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am

For ladies of all ages and fitness levels, children who can walk 3 miles, babies in strollers. . .Join the Upstate International Women’s Group for Stride and Stroll on the 2nd Thursday of every month!
Meet us at the Greenville Zoo parking lot at 9 am.
Then … 2 options: 1) Some of us will walk slowly to the Children’s garden, turn around and have a snack at the cafe Spill the Beans and return to the parking lot by noon.  2) For ladies who would like to cover more miles and walk faster, please plan to  walk ahead to the  railroad bridge and come back to meet us at the cafe on your return.


Please RSVP (required) with Ursula by clicking here.

UIWG Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Dec
14
Fri
2018
Italian Conversation Club
Dec 14 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Announcing Our New 
Italian Conversation Club
Looking to gather together a mix of Italians and non-Italian lovers of the Italian language for conversation in what is one of the world’s most beautiful languages.  Whether  you are native Italian or can only say a few different pasta shapes, you should come join this new group.  Bring a beverage and snack to share.
Dec
16
Sun
2018
Welcome Ceremony for the Peace Light
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm
For 30 years the Peace Light from Bethlehem has been spreading a message of peace and unity across the world. Every year, a Scout from Austria retrieves the light from the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, lighting a candle from the eternal flame. From there the Light travels back to Vienna, Austria under the auspices of the International Scouting Movement, and like the branches of a tree, the symbol of peace spreads through Europe, the United States and Canada during the month of December.  After arriving at JFK , the Light immediately starts its travels across the United States.
This year we will once again be welcoming the Peace Light, and would like to invite the international community to share with us.
For more on the Peace Light, please click here.
The event is sponsored by Boy Scouts of America Pack 30 and the Latvian Girl Guides.
Dec
18
Tue
2018
Monthly Coffee & Conversation with the UIWG
Dec 18 @ 10:00 am

Join the International Women’s Club for our monthly Coffee & Conversation.  Meet new people in a relaxed and easy environment, many of us are from abroad while just as many are from the US; we love to share stories and cultures.
No RSVP.
Le Monde Francophone: A French Conversational Club @ Your Library!
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Please join us in the large study room at the Hampton Memorial Library in Easley on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-7 pm for a relaxed time of conversational French. It’s free to join and all are welcome.
Dec
22
Sat
2018
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice – A Bilingual Exhibit
Dec 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Now through January 27
Dinosaurs have roared into the Upstate South Carolina, with this bi-lingual exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. Crossing the threshold of this interactive exhibition means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaurs.
This is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for young explorers, ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).
Children can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, hopping across stepping stones in an icy river,  uncovering dinosaur bones in a dig station and examining fossils to identify dinosaurs.

Upcountry History Museum photo

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission:
Children & Teens (ages 4-18): $7
Children (ages 3 and under): FREE
Seniors (65+) & College Students (with ID): $8
Adults: $9
Dec
25
Tue
2018
Fitness Walk
Dec 25 @ 9:00 am
Long Fitness Walk with the UIWG
Dec 25 @ 9:00 am

Get in shape with the International Women’s Group on the fourth Tuesday of every month in our long fitness walk! Meet in the Cleveland Zoo parking lot.

We’ll walk all the way to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe, enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack, and then walk back…a good 8 miles round-trip!  You’ll definitely get in your 10,000 steps for the day!

RSVP required…so we know that you are coming!  Please click here  to RSVP or to contact Margo for more information.

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Dec
26
Wed
2018
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice – A Bilingual Exhibit
Dec 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Now through January 27
Dinosaurs have roared into the Upstate South Carolina, with this bi-lingual exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. Crossing the threshold of this interactive exhibition means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaurs.
This is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for young explorers, ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).
Children can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, hopping across stepping stones in an icy river,  uncovering dinosaur bones in a dig station and examining fossils to identify dinosaurs.

Upcountry History Museum photo

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission:
Children & Teens (ages 4-18): $7
Children (ages 3 and under): FREE
Seniors (65+) & College Students (with ID): $8
Adults: $9
Ladies’ Lunch
Dec 26 @ 11:45 am

 

Lunch and Laugh your way into the rest of your afternoon by joining the International Women’s Group every 4th Wednesday.  We have such a good time together and look forward to welcoming you to our group.

 

No RSVP
Dec
27
Thu
2018
The Art of Crafting
Dec 27 @ 10:00 am

Join the International Women’s Club at Upstate International for a fun afternoon of crafting around the world!

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Jan
5
Sat
2019
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice – A Bilingual Exhibit
Jan 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Now through January 27
Dinosaurs have roared into the Upstate South Carolina, with this bi-lingual exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. Crossing the threshold of this interactive exhibition means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaurs.
This is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for young explorers, ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).
Children can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, hopping across stepping stones in an icy river,  uncovering dinosaur bones in a dig station and examining fossils to identify dinosaurs.

Upcountry History Museum photo

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission:
Children & Teens (ages 4-18): $7
Children (ages 3 and under): FREE
Seniors (65+) & College Students (with ID): $8
Adults: $9
Jan
7
Mon
2019
International Book Club Meeting: The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden
Jan 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of The Bear and the Nightengale by Katherine Arden.  Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales.  Above all, Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon.  Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.

Join us at Two Chefs cafe & Market for our monthly discussion.

Jan
8
Tue
2019
Hiking with the UIWG
Jan 8 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Come out and enjoy a nice hike with the UIWG on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, starting in September.Meet at the Starbucks on E. North St.

UIWG Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice – A Bilingual Exhibit
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Now through January 27
Dinosaurs have roared into the Upstate South Carolina, with this bi-lingual exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. Crossing the threshold of this interactive exhibition means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaurs.
This is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for young explorers, ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).
Children can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, hopping across stepping stones in an icy river,  uncovering dinosaur bones in a dig station and examining fossils to identify dinosaurs.

Upcountry History Museum photo

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission:
Children & Teens (ages 4-18): $7
Children (ages 3 and under): FREE
Seniors (65+) & College Students (with ID): $8
Adults: $9
Hula, the Dance of the Heart
Jan 8 @ 10:00 am
Learn about the Polynesian art of hula dancing from Hawaii with Kaleo Wheeler, a hula dancer from Spartangburg, SC.
Jan
10
Thu
2019
Stride & Stroll
Jan 10 @ 9:00 am
Stride and Stroll with the UIWG
Jan 10 @ 9:00 am

For ladies of all ages and fitness levels, children who can walk 3 miles, babies in strollers. . .Join the Upstate International Women’s Group for Stride and Stroll on the 2nd Thursday of every month!
Meet us at the Greenville Zoo parking lot at 9 am.
Then … 2 options: 1) Some of us will walk slowly to the Children’s garden, turn around and have a snack at the cafe Spill the Beans and return to the parking lot by noon.  2) For ladies who would like to cover more miles and walk faster, please plan to  walk ahead to the  railroad bridge and come back to meet us at the cafe on your return.


Please RSVP (required) with Ursula by clicking here.

UIWG Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Jan
11
Fri
2019
Turkish Cooking Demonstration with Lunch
Jan 11 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join the Atlantic Institute at Upstate International on the 2nd Friday of the month to learn how to cook authentic Turkish food. (September 14th – April 19th). January is Stuffed Peppers.

Each Class is $15 and includes a full Turkish lunch! Register here for one or all.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Click here to register
Save these dates for the following demonstrations:
February 15 – Patlican Oturtma (eggplant dish);
March 15 – Turkish Casserole;
April 19 – Turkish Baklava
Jan
15
Tue
2019
Monthly Coffee & Conversation with the UIWG
Jan 15 @ 10:00 am

Join the International Women’s Club for our monthly Coffee & Conversation.  Meet new people in a relaxed and easy environment, many of us are from abroad while just as many are from the US; we love to share stories and cultures.
No RSVP.
Jan
16
Wed
2019
The EU Minus the UK; What’s to Come of the EU in the Post Brexit Era? An America and the World Lecture
Jan 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has triggered the worst political crisis the EU has ever faced.  When the United Kingdom leaves, the EU will lose its largest military power, one of its two nuclear weapons states, one of its two veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council, its second-largest economy, and its only truly global financial center. The United Kingdom stands to lose even more.  Dr. Brent Nelsen, Professor, Furman University, will shed light on all that will be lost and whether anything will be gained by the UK’s imminent leaving.  This lecture is the fifth of our 7-part monthly America and the World Lecture Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate in partnership with Furman University.

Dr. Brent Nelsen received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1989 and began teaching at Furman in January 1990.  Nelsen’s teaching and scholarship focus on Europe and the European Union. His first book, entitled The State Offshore: Petroleum, Politics, and State Intervention on the British and Norwegian Continental Shelves (Praeger), explored oil policy in the North Sea. A subsequent edited volume—Norway and the European Community: The Political Economy of Integration (Praeger)—examined the troubled relationship between Norway and an integrating Europe. Nelsen has teamed up with one of his former students (Alexander Stubb, now Prime Minister of Finland) to publish a textbook on the European Union called The European Union: Readings on the Theory and Practice of European Integration (Lynne Rienner Publishers). The fourth edition was published in May 2014.

Since 2001 Dr. Nelsen has shifted his research interests to the study of religion and politics in Europe. He has published several articles on how religion shapes the attitudes of Europeans toward the EU.

To read more about Dr. Nelsen, please click here
Be sure to save these upcoming lecture dates….
  • January 16: Dr. Brent Nelsen – EU minus UK: The European Union in the Post-Brexit Era
  • February 20: Dr. Buket Oztas – Challenges for the Middle East
  • March 20: Dr. Akan Malici – The Palestine-Israel Conflict

Thank you to our event sponsor:

Thank you to our venue sponsor:

Jan
17
Thu
2019
Ladies’ Night Out with the UIWG
Jan 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy a night out at a local internationally-themed restaurant with the women of Upstate International Women’s Group on the 3rd Thursday of every month. A different location is chosen each month, so make sure you check back to find out where to meet!

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Jan
19
Sat
2019
Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice – A Bilingual Exhibit
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Now through January 27
Dinosaurs have roared into the Upstate South Carolina, with this bi-lingual exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. Crossing the threshold of this interactive exhibition means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaurs.
This is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for young explorers, ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).
Children can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, hopping across stepping stones in an icy river,  uncovering dinosaur bones in a dig station and examining fossils to identify dinosaurs.

Upcountry History Museum photo

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission:
Children & Teens (ages 4-18): $7
Children (ages 3 and under): FREE
Seniors (65+) & College Students (with ID): $8
Adults: $9
Jan
22
Tue
2019
Fitness Walk
Jan 22 @ 9:00 am
Long Fitness Walk with the UIWG
Jan 22 @ 9:00 am

Get in shape with the International Women’s Group on the fourth Tuesday of every month in our long fitness walk! Meet in the Cleveland Zoo parking lot.

We’ll walk all the way to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe, enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack, and then walk back…a good 8 miles round-trip!  You’ll definitely get in your 10,000 steps for the day!

RSVP required…so we know that you are coming!  Please click here  to RSVP or to contact Margo for more information.

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice – A Bilingual Exhibit
Jan 22 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Now through January 27
Dinosaurs have roared into the Upstate South Carolina, with this bi-lingual exhibit at the Upcountry History Museum. Crossing the threshold of this interactive exhibition means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaurs.
This is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for young explorers, ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).
Children can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, hopping across stepping stones in an icy river,  uncovering dinosaur bones in a dig station and examining fossils to identify dinosaurs.

Upcountry History Museum photo

Museum Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Admission:
Children & Teens (ages 4-18): $7
Children (ages 3 and under): FREE
Seniors (65+) & College Students (with ID): $8
Adults: $9
Jan
23
Wed
2019
Ladies’ Lunch
Jan 23 @ 11:45 am

 

Lunch and Laugh your way into the rest of your afternoon by joining the International Women’s Group every 4th Wednesday.  We have such a good time together and look forward to welcoming you to our group.

 

No RSVP
Jan
24
Thu
2019
IWC Crafting Day
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come craft with the IWC on the 3rd Thursday of every month, September through May! Bring your current craft project or just come for the conversation.

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

The Art of Crafting
Jan 24 @ 10:00 am

Join the International Women’s Club at Upstate International for a fun afternoon of crafting around the world!

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Jan
25
Fri
2019
Calling All Retired/Semi-Retired Expats Living in the Upstate
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm

 

If you are a  Retired or Semi-retired Expat living in the Upstate, we want you (members, spouses and significant others) to join us. Come and connect with fellow expats to share conversation about your experiences and travels.

We plan to meet for lunch and conversation every 4th Friday of the month, September through May, at Roost.  We take the summers ‘off’ as we know many of our expats will be traveling across the seas during the summer months.
Roost offers a lovely lunch buffet for $10.95 that includes salad, soup and flatbread pizza buffet, or you can always order a la carte.

We look forward to meeting you.

Please click here to RSVP to Sandy so that she can be sure to reserve enough seating at Roost.
Burns Night 2019
Jan 25 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Burns Night Upstate 2019

Plan to celebrate the life and times of Robert Burns, as well as all things Scottish.  Enjoy delicious and Traditional Scottish Fayre  with a Southern Twist, Bagpipes, Scottish Country Dancing, Toasts, ‘Sangs and Clatter’, Exceptional Door Prizes, Live Music by Shufflebutton and guests, and Auld Lang Syne.

Tickets $40 per person: includes full buffet dinner and one toast.  Cash bar.
Click here for tickets  For more information contact Jeffrey McDermott at 864-350-4905
Feb
5
Tue
2019
The Future of Greenville from the Mayor’s Perspective
Feb 5 @ 10:00 am

A presentation by a representative of the Greenville mayor’s office on the perspective future of Greenville.

Feb
11
Mon
2019
International Book Club Meeting: The Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a discussion of The Cloud Atlas by Liam Callanan.  Set against the magnificent backdrop of Alaska in the waning days of World War II, The Cloud Atlas is an enthralling debut novel, a story of adventure and awakening — and of a young soldier who came to Alaska on an extraordinary, top-secret mission … and found a world that would haunt him forever.

Join us at Two Chefs cafe & market for our monthly discussion.

Feb
12
Tue
2019
Hiking with the UIWG
Feb 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Come out and enjoy a nice hike with the UIWG on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, starting in September.Meet at the Starbucks on E. North St.

UIWG Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Feb
14
Thu
2019
Stride & Stroll
Feb 14 @ 9:00 am
Stride and Stroll with the UIWG
Feb 14 @ 9:00 am

For ladies of all ages and fitness levels, children who can walk 3 miles, babies in strollers. . .Join the Upstate International Women’s Group for Stride and Stroll on the 2nd Thursday of every month!
Meet us at the Greenville Zoo parking lot at 9 am.
Then … 2 options: 1) Some of us will walk slowly to the Children’s garden, turn around and have a snack at the cafe Spill the Beans and return to the parking lot by noon.  2) For ladies who would like to cover more miles and walk faster, please plan to  walk ahead to the  railroad bridge and come back to meet us at the cafe on your return.


Please RSVP (required) with Ursula by clicking here.

UIWG Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Feb
15
Fri
2019
Turkish Cooking Demonstration with Lunch
Feb 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join the Atlantic Institute at Upstate International on the 2nd Friday of the month to learn how to cook authentic Turkish food. (September 14th – April 19th). February is Patlican Oturtma (an eggplant dish).

Each Class is $15 and includes a full Turkish lunch! Register here for one or all.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  Click here to register
Save these dates for the following demonstrations:
March 15 – Turkish Casserole;
April 19 – Turkish Baklava
Feb
19
Tue
2019
Monthly Coffee & Conversation with the UIWG
Feb 19 @ 10:00 am

Join the International Women’s Club for our monthly Coffee & Conversation.  Meet new people in a relaxed and easy environment, many of us are from abroad while just as many are from the US; we love to share stories and cultures.
No RSVP.
Feb
20
Wed
2019
Challenges for the Middle East: An America and the World Lecture
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

From elections, to refugee crises, ISIL, shifting alliances and Jerusalem – instability continues to mark the Middle East.  Turmoil across the Middle East makes it harder to narrow down the main political issues, but the Syrian crisis, the fate of refugees, elections and terrorists top the list.  Dr. Buket Oztas, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Furman University, will shed light on these and other issues, and answer your questions. This lecture is the sixth of our 7-part monthly America and the World Lecture Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate in partnership with Furman University.

Dr. Buket Oztas joined Furman’s Politics and International Affairs department as an assistant professor in the Fall of 2017. Her expertise is in Comparative Politics, with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her research interests fall broadly in the fields of political Islam and regime transitions in the Islamic world, but she also does research on European Politics, particularly on the changing institutional dynamics of the European Union.

Originally from Izmir, Turkey, Dr. Oztas received her B.A. and B.S. degrees (2010) from Bilkent University (Turkey) and Binghamton University (New York), and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florida (2016).

Her most recent work focuses on the interplay between political Islam and democratization.

To read more about Dr. Oztas, please click here
Be sure to save these upcoming lecture dates….
  • February 20: Dr. Buket Oztas – Challenges for the Middle East
  • March 20: Dr. Akan Malici – The Palestine-Israel Conflict

Thank you to our event sponsor:

Thank you to our venue sponsor:

Feb
21
Thu
2019
Ladies’ Night Out with the UIWG
Feb 21 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Enjoy a night out at a local internationally-themed restaurant with the women of Upstate International Women’s Group on the 3rd Thursday of every month. A different location is chosen each month, so make sure you check back to find out where to meet!

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Feb
22
Fri
2019
Calling All Retired/Semi-Retired Expats Living in the Upstate
Feb 22 @ 12:00 pm

 

If you are a  Retired or Semi-retired Expat living in the Upstate, we want you (members, spouses and significant others) to join us. Come and connect with fellow expats to share conversation about your experiences and travels.

We plan to meet for lunch and conversation every 4th Friday of the month, September through May, at Roost.  We take the summers ‘off’ as we know many of our expats will be traveling across the seas during the summer months.
Roost offers a lovely lunch buffet for $10.95 that includes salad, soup and flatbread pizza buffet, or you can always order a la carte.

We look forward to meeting you.

Please click here to RSVP to Sandy so that she can be sure to reserve enough seating at Roost.
Feb
26
Tue
2019
Fitness Walk
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am
Long Fitness Walk with the UIWG
Feb 26 @ 9:00 am

Get in shape with the International Women’s Group on the fourth Tuesday of every month in our long fitness walk! Meet in the Cleveland Zoo parking lot.

We’ll walk all the way to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe, enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack, and then walk back…a good 8 miles round-trip!  You’ll definitely get in your 10,000 steps for the day!

RSVP required…so we know that you are coming!  Please click here  to RSVP or to contact Margo for more information.

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Feb
27
Wed
2019
Ladies’ Lunch
Feb 27 @ 11:45 am

 

Lunch and Laugh your way into the rest of your afternoon by joining the International Women’s Group every 4th Wednesday.  We have such a good time together and look forward to welcoming you to our group.

 

No RSVP
Feb
28
Thu
2019
IWC Crafting Day
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come craft with the IWC on the 3rd Thursday of every month, September through May! Bring your current craft project or just come for the conversation.

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

The Art of Crafting
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am

Join the International Women’s Club at Upstate International for a fun afternoon of crafting around the world!

IWC Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Mar
5
Tue
2019
Fashion with a Flare
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am

Enjoy a fashion show with your very own members, representing international fashion and culture!

Mar
12
Tue
2019
Hiking with the UIWG
Mar 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Come out and enjoy a nice hike with the UIWG on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, starting in September.Meet at the Starbucks on E. North St.

UIWG Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization. Check out the membership page on our website for more information.