College of Arts & Sciences To Host An Evening of Great Conversations

August 29, 2011 at 7:00 am

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 Thursday, September 22. This event showcases an elegant dinner in downtown Spartanburg where diners select among 14 conversations of important topics.  A reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner and conversations beginning at 6:45 p.m. Reservations for this event are $70 per person.

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 includes:

  • Russia’s Revolutions
  • Lippe, Germany: Its Culture and Beauty
  • Islam, the West, and the Future: Facts, Fiction and Fears
  • Flashpoint: The Enduring Significance of the Middle East to the U.S. and World
  • Do First Impressions Matter?
  • Artificial Intelligence: Why are we still smarter?
  • Photography Roadshow: Finding Lost Treasures at the Flea Market and in Your Attic
  • My Heart Belongs to Daddy: Intergenerational Marriages of Past and Present
  • Does Rock Music Matter Anymore?
  • Making Sense of Community Engagement in the 21st Century: Dying or Evolving?
  • The Promise (and the Disappointment) of Stem Cells
  • South Carolina Potpourri: A Complicated History and Culture of a Complicated State
  • Mad Men Amid the Mayhem: Madison Avenue’s Revolution in Advertising
  • Investigating Extraordinary Phenomena


“The table hosts and topics this year are representative of the talented and creative faculty at the University,” said Dr. Jennifer Parker, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USC Upstate.  “We’ve added many new topics that are sure to generate thought-provoking conversation.” 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; SunTrust Bank, Jim Joyner of Integra Benefits Consulting, LLC, and OfficeMax.

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