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March is Upstate International month and events have been planned by a group of individuals from education, business, non-profit, civic and social organizations all across the Upstate region to showcase the rich ethnic and cultural uniqueness of the area.“Upstate International is a new initiative designed to celebrate the international groups among us and their contributions to our region and to educate all of us about the remarkable international diversity in our midst,” said Dr. Deryle Hope, associate director of international studies at USC Upstate and a member of the Upstate International Steering Committee. “There are more than 100 events celebrating music, art, religious, food and more that can be used for curricular enrichment.”A full listing of the events planned across the region can be viewed here. The events planned for the Spartanburg area are listed below. For information about Upstate International Month, please contact Dr. Deryle Hope at 503-5769.
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center Lobby USC Upstate Campus800 University WaySpartanburg, SCCampus map The International Mixer is a casual get-together for students, faculty and friends of local universities. During these informal meetings, participants can discuss different cultures and experiences and thrive in the similarities of what they encounter every day despite their different origins.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.Olin 213Wofford College Campus429 N. Church StreetSpartanburg, SCCampus Map Come out for an evening of stories, questions and fun with people who have left their routines and comforts of their own homes to teach English overseas. We'll hear what inspired them, how they adapted and how their lives unfolded into new adventures. Without a doubt there will be funny stories of cultural adjustment and "did I really just say that !?!?" moments in new languages.
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.University Center225 S. Pleasantburg DriveGreenville, SCMap Six digital slides may produce a photo essay with the power to transform an entire university system audience. The Two 2 Transform photo essay competition invites college students from across the Upstate to produce a narrated photo presentation describing and reflecting on their abroad experiences.
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.Spartanburg County Library Headquarters151 S. Church StreetSpartanburg, SCMap The panel will discuss the Upstate International 2014 book "Country Driving" talking about the economic and cultural transformation of China in the recent years. The panel will consist of at least three China experts from Wofford College, Converse College and USC Upstate.
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.Barnet Park248 E. St. John St.Spartanburg, SCMap Spartanburg's first International Kite Festival will be a celebration to promote playfulness across generations and highlight the broad international community represented in the Upstate region. As a metaphor for how Spartanburg is soaring, an array of kites symbolizing different countries will take to the sky to represent not only the brilliant diversity of our city, but the sky-high sense of civic pride that fuels our vibrant community.
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.USC Upstate Campus Soccer Fields800 University WaySpartanburg, SC Map The International Soccer Tournament is organized by the German-American Club in conjunction with USC Upstate and is designed for recreational players.
Upstate International Archived Events 2013
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