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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.
2014 Spartanburg Events
March 21 - International Mixer
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center Lobby
USC Upstate Campus
800 University Way
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.
March 26 - Teach, Travel, Transform Your World: Stories from Teaching and Traveling
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Wofford College Campus
429 N. Church Street
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.
March 27 - Two 2 Transform Regional Photo Essay Competition
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
225 S. Pleasantburg Drive
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.
March 28 - Country Driving Panel Discussion
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Spartanburg County Library Headquarters
151 S. Church Street
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.
March 29 - Spartanburg Soaring! International Parade and Kite Festival
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
248 E. St. John St.
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.
March 30 - International Soccer Tournament
11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
USC Upstate Campus Soccer Fields
800 University Way
The International Soccer Tournament is organized by the German-American Club in conjunction with USC Upstate and is designed for recreational players.
Upstate International Events Archive
Upstate International Archived Events 2013