Celebrating Upstate’s international diversity

February 28, 2013 at 10:03 am

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 at www.uscupstateinternational.org. The events planned for the Spartanburg area are listed below. For information about Upstate International Month, please contact Dr. Deryle Hope at 503-5769 or Dr. Judith Prince at 503-4243.

March  1 International Mixer
2:00 p.m. –  4:00 p.m.
Meet and greet international students studying at Spartanburg’s seven college campuses; USC Upstate campus, Sansbury Campus Life Center Lobby

March 4 Focus on Youth Art Show (month long)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Annual juried show; Artists’ Guild Galley, Chapman Cultural Center

March 5 Carl Plansky Exhibit (month long)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Works of artist; Spartanburg Art Museum

March 6 Youth Art Month Celebration Exhibit (month long)
Spartanburg County Youth Art Month Exhibit; Chapman Cultural Center;
Exhibit in the West Wing of Student Galleries

March 7 Understanding Sikhs and Diversity in America
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Lecture “9/11 to Oak Creek:  Understanding Sikhs and Diversity in America”; USC Upstate campus, Health Education Complex, Room 2039

March 7 Culture Shock: Preface Series Lecture
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
“Making the Strange Familiar,” a panel of international students will discuss the elements of culture shock and its aftermath.
USC Upstate campus, Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

March 8 Die Fledermaus (The Bat)
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Spartanburg Repertory Company presents this classic opera; Broome High School Community Auditorium

March 9 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
3:00 and 8:00 p.m.
Spartanburg Little Theatre presents this Biblical saga; David W. Reid Theatre at Chapman Cultural Center

March 13 Music Sandwiched in featuring Laurel and the Lads
12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Laurel and the Lads will play Irish tunes in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day; Spartanburg Library Headquarters in downtown, Spartanburg

March 17 International Soccer Tournament
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Watch eight international teams play soccer, sponsored by the German American Club; USC Upstate campus soccer fields

March 19 International Music and Dance Fest
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join in the dancing and celebration, USC Upstate campus, Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom

March 21 DanSynergy V
7:00 p.m.
Ballet Spartanburg presents a cutting edge, contemporary ballet; David W. Reid Theatre; Chapman Cultural Center

March 23 Upstate International Celebration Parade
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
City of Spartanburg Special Events features the international community with entertainment and events on Morgan Square; Parade will start at 10:00 a.m. in downtown Spartanburg from Dean St. and E. Main St. (near First Baptist Church) and proceed to Morgan Square

March 26 Foreign Languages:  Preface Series Lecture
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Two USC Upstate world languages professors (Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche and Dr. Shannon Polchow) will discuss the importance of learning foreign languages in the 21st Century. USC Upstate campus, Sansbury Campus Life Center Ballroom