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

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
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

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Jan
25
Fri
2019
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
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
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:

Mar
15
Fri
2019
Turkish Cooking Demonstration with Lunch
Mar 15 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join the Atlantic Institute at Upstate International on the 3rdd Friday of the month to learn how to cook authentic Turkish food. (September 14th – April 19th). March is a Turkish Casserole.

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 this date for the final demonstration:
April 19 – Turkish Baklava
Mar
20
Wed
2019
The Palestine-Israel Conflict: An America and the World Lecture
Mar 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

It has been referred to as the world’s “most intractable conflict”, with the ongoing Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip reaching 51 years.  Despite a long-term peace process Israelis and Palestinians have failed to reach a final peace agreement. Among the key issues are: mutual recognition, borders, security, and control of Jerusalem. The violence of the conflict, in a region rich in sites of historic, cultural and religious interest worldwide, has been the object of numerous international conferences and many attempts have been made to broker a two-state solution.  Dr. Akan Malici,  Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Furman University, will shed light on the issues, make you think, and engage your questions. This lecture is the last of our 7-part monthly America and the World Lecture Series, hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate in partnership with Furman University.

Dr. Malici is from a Turkish and Albanian family. He grew up in Germany and received his undergraduate education in Literature and Political Science at the University of Tuebingen. He came to the United States for graduate school in 2000. At Arizona State University he received his M.A. degree in 2002 and his Ph.D. degree in 2004. He has been teaching at Furman University since 2005.

Dr. Malici’s scholarly interest is in the area of Foreign Policy Decision-Making and Peace and Conflict Studies. He is the author of When Leaders Learn and When They Don’t (SUNY Press, 2008) and The Search for a Common European Foreign and Security Policy (Palgrave Press, 2008). Akan Malici is also the co-author of U.S. Presidents and Foreign Policy Mistakes (Stanford University Press, 2011) and Role Theory and Role Conflict in U.S.-Iran Relations: Enemies of Our Own Making (Routledge 2016).  At Furman, he teaches classes in International Politics and Research Methodology.

To read more about Dr. Malici, please click here

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Apr
19
Fri
2019
Turkish Cooking Demonstration with Lunch
Apr 19 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Join the Atlantic Institute at Upstate International on the 3rd Friday of the month to learn how to cook authentic Turkish food. (September 14th – April 19th). April is Turkish Baklava.

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