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The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host its “An Evening of Great Conversations” on Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Piedmont Club, 361 E. Main St., Spartanburg.

Participants will enjoy an elegant dinner and a lively discussion on one of 12 featured topics of conversation.

Each dinner table engages in a specific conversation, which is facilitated by a faculty expert on the topic.  Table leaders include Fulbright Scholars, award-winning authors, technologists, social scientists, and area-studies specialists.

This year’s list of topics includes:

  • The Reality of Science hosted by Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. Detailed description.
  • Germany: Its Culture, History and Beauty hosted by Dr. Dirk Schlingmann, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Detailed description.
  • Making First Impressions hosted by Dr. Andrew Beer, associate professor of Psychology. Detailed description.
  • The Tudors — Truth is Stranger than Showtime hosted by Dr. Catherine Canino, professor of Shakespearean Studies. Detailed description.
  • The Future of Religion — What Will the World Believe Next? Hosted by Dr. David Damrel, associate professor of Religious Studies. Detailed description.
  • Forgotten History in 19th Century Upstate South Carolina hosted by Dr. Paul Grady, associate professor of History and Dr. Rob McCormick, associate professor of History. Detailed description.
  • The Truth About Lying hosted by Dr. Scott Meek, assistant professor of Psychology. Detailed description.
  • The Value of Gardening: Sustainably Engaging with our Yards hosted by Dr. Ben Montgomery, assistant professor of Biology. Detailed description.
  • Inside the Actor’s Craft hosted by Professor Lee Neibert, assistant professor of Theatre. Detailed description.
  • What is American? Hosted by Dr. Colleen O’Brien, assistant professor of English. Detailed description.
  • Lone Wolf Conspiracy: The JFK Assassination Revisited hosted by Dr. Reid Toth,  associate professor of Criminal Justice. Detailed description.
  • The Arab Spring Three Years Later hosted by Lizabeth Zack, associate professor of Sociology. Detailed description.

“An Evening of Great Conversations” is sponsored by South Carolina Bank and Trust, Jim Joyner with Integra Benefits Consulting, LLC and Piedmont Natural Gas.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets, contact Shawn Masto at (864) 503-5700 or smasto@uscupstate.eduor visit http://www.uscupstate.edu/greatconversations. You also may register online.

Checks should be made payable to the USC Upstate Foundation (ref. Great Conversations) and mailed to Shawn Masto, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina Upstate, 800 University Way, Spartanburg, SC, 29303.

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