An Evening of Great Conversations

October 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host its sixth annual “An Evening of Great Conversations” on Tuesday, October 26. This event showcases an elegant dinner in downtown Spartanburg where diners select among 14 conversations of important topics.

Each dinner table engages in a specific conversation, which is facilitated by a faculty expert on the topic.  The table conversations are extraordinarily interesting, and varied. This year’s list of topics include:

  • Let’s Talk Movies: Entertainment, History, Art, or Multi-Billion Dollar Industry?
  • Is 60 REALLY the New 40? Maybe!
  • Islam in the Modern World: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • Who will Survive (and Thrive) in the 21st Century Workplace: Innovators!
  • Flashpoint: The Enduring Significance of the Middle East to the U.S. and World
  • Do First Impressions Matter?
  • Does Anyone Read Books Anymore?: Language and Literature in a Digital Age
  • Mentoring: Building a Brighter Future
  •  Robotics and Computer Simulators that Help Keep Soldiers Safe
  •  “Beyond” Greening Business
  • Experiencing Different Cultures
  • Getting Elected and Keeping Campaign Promises: Election 2010
  • Snapshot Communities: Sharing Photographs
  • Eat, Pray, and Love – The Joys of Italy

“This is one of our strongest line-ups ever,” said Dr. Jennifer Parker, assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USC Upstate.  “The table topics and facilitators are incredibly interesting. Table leaders include Fulbright Scholars, award-winning authors, prize-winning innovators, technologists, social scientists, and area-studies specialists. 

“An Evening of Great Conversations” is being sponsored by Edwin C. Haskell, III and William McBee Smith of Smith & Haskell Law Firm, LLP; Jim Joyner of Integra Benefits Consulting, LLC; and Wachovia.

For more information, including how to purchase tickets, contact Shawn Masto at (864) 503-5700 or or visit