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An Evening with Mack Lockhart

An Evening with Mack Lockhart

A wonderful group of participants gathered on the evening of February 24th to listen to Mack Lockhart talk about his life. Mack's family has been in the Greenville area since 1917. He was raised during the times of great change in our country and was able to share some of his stories with us so we are better able to understand what life was like during this crucial timeframe for our country. Thank you for sharing your family, time and stories with us Mack. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Afterwards everyone shared in refreshments prepared by the volunteers of the foundation.

A New Turkey - Dr. A.Kadir Yildirim,

A New Turkey - Greenville

The Atlantic Institute in Greenville hosted Dr. A. Kadir Yildirim on Tuesday August 27th for his presentation: "A New Turkey: Recent Political Developments and Implications for Democracy. Participants participated in the discussion, with questions and answers, throughout the evening. Dr Yildirim touched on the following questions: Will Turkey continue as a parliamentary democracy? How will Erdogan’s control over the AKP evolve? Will the AKP government continue its campaign against the opposition? How does Turkish democracy weather this political storm and emerge as a stronger democracy? He gave a thorough discussion on the history of the Political structure of Turkey's recent years.


A New Turkey - Columbia

The Atlantic Institute in Columbia hosted Dr. A. Kadir Yildirim on Thursday, August 29th for his presentation: "A New Turkey: Recent Political Developments and Implications for Democracy.” His presentation started with an informative background on the history of governments in Turkey. He then went on to discuss these questions: Will Turkey continue as a parliamentary democracy? How will Erdogan’s control over the AKP evolve? Will the AKP government continue its campaign against the opposition? How does Turkish democracy weather this political storm and emerge as a stronger democracy? The presentation was followed by the opportunity to ask questions where participants were able to give their own opinion and ask for more information.


A New Turkey - Clemson

On November 17, approximately 100 students, faculty and local residents
attended a Distinguished Speaker event on the Clemson campus. This event
was co-sponsored by the Intercultural Dialogue Club of Clemson University
and the Atlantic Institute. Dr. Kadir Yildirim, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Furman University, spoke about Recent Political Developments in Turkey and the Implications for Democracy. Certainly, Turkey's political future will also have important implications for all of the Middle East. During the question and answer period following Dr. Yildirim's talk, the many questions and comments were evidence of interest in Turkey's political situation.


Speaker Dean Storer

Speaker Dean Storer

The Greenville office hosted Guest Speaker Dean Storer on March 9th.

Dean is an International Speaker and Counselor that holds an in-depth understanding of the ability that the human spirit has, to overcome obstacles.
The audience, comprised of young and old, went on an adventure through our thoughts and feelings to understand how we become who we are. All guests were ecstatic to receive a copy of his book, "Make it Happen Man" a real surprise treat!

Generative Artificial Intelligence: Will it change the way we work?

Generative Artificial Intelligence: Will it change the way we work?

September 11th at 7pm EST

How will Generative Artificial Intelligence change our workplaces?

Hosted by Independent Dialogue Contractor Brian Garr

Will we need marketing and content creation people or just A.I. Prompters? How many people-hours will be lost to Generative A.I. each month and what will people do with those hours? Will this create a larger gig based workforce? These questions and more will be discussed as we delve deeper into the Generative Artificial Intelligence world.

Join us on September 11th at 7pm EST for a round-table discussion with several Generative AI experts to discuss disparate views on how G.A.I. affects our everyday life.



Maximilian Vogal from Berlin, Germany.  Co-Founder of BIG PICTURE venture fund.


image 3Karl Mochel is a user experience architect with 20+ years of experience in his field. A User Experience Architect, like an Architect looks to discover how people use physical space, looks to discover how people use devices and software, and in doing so, design software-driven experiences that are useful and desirable or efficient. He has done this for Oracle, Google, Autodesk, VMware, and GE, as well as other notable companies. Karl's work with Artificial Intelligence (AI) began at GE Global Research, where he worked on IoT analytics for fleets of industrial devices such as jet engines and wind turbines. As generative AI has grown in relevance, he looks at how it will impact businesses and what activities need to be considered to rise with GenAI, not be overwhelmed by it.




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Dr. Arle Lommel is a senior analyst with independent market research firm CSA Research. He is a recognized expert in artificial intelligence and machine translation, quality processes, human-machine interaction, and interoperability standards. Born in Alaska, he holds a PhD from Indiana University. Prior to joining CSA Research, he worked for the Localization Industry Standards Association (LISA), Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in its Berlin-based language technology lab. In addition to English, he speaks fluent Hungarian and passable German, along with bits and pieces of other languages. In his spare time, he also plays an assortment of odd and unusual musical instruments.




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An Evening With: Fred Leffert

An Evening With: Fred Leffert

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"History and Analysis of the Jewish in Greenville"

The Greenville Office, together with MeetingPoint - A United Interfaith Community, hosted an event in honor of National Jewish Heritage Month, An Evening with Dr. Fred Leffert: History and Analysis of the Jewish in Greenville. The month of May was proclaimed Jewish Heritage Month by President Obama 7 years ago.

The evening started with Dr Peter Cohen representing Atlantic Institute and Rabbi Marc Wilson representing MeetingPoint and each explaining what their organizations do. Then the audience heard from Dr. Fred Leffert as he shared what it was like growing up Jewish in Greenville, what it was like going to school here in a predominantly Christian area and then growing up as a young adult. The room was then opened up to a lively question and answer session where everything from Antisemitism, the War, The Holocaust, Moving the locations of the Greenville Synagogue and Temple long ago and the Summer Camp a lot of the Jewish boys used to participate in.

All enjoyed the evening and both MeetingPoint and Atlantic Institute shared their upcoming events and thanked Dr Fred Leffert for sharing his experiences with us.

9/11 Conversations: 21 Years Later


9/11 Conversations: 21 Years Later

The Atlantic Institute would like to thank all that joined us in Greenville for our "Conversations 21 Years Later" Dialogue Dinner. It was a great experience to sit in a room of people from many faith backgrounds and listen and learn what life was like for us 21 years ago.

The stores and shares we were able to share with those that were younger in the room. The ways that some of us stood up and reacted were inspiring to hear. We are so glad we took this opportunity to sit and reflect on this immense tragedy. 



Distinguished Speaker Dr. Ori Z. Soltes

Distinguished Speaker Dr. Ori Z. Soltes

On Wednesday February 26th, the Greenville Atlantic Institute (formerly South Carolina Dialogue Foundation) office hosted Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, Goldman Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts at Georgetown University Department of Theology, DC He gave a very fascinating lecture on the historical background of Mr.Fethullah Gulen's connection with Sufism, Plato and Plato's critical thinking . He also discussed the views of Mr Gulen along with these other contemporaries and the similarities between them with regards to their philosophies.

He connected the thinking of Rumi, Ibn-Arabi and Gulen with the common thought of Universal Love for human beings. In about an hours time, Dr. Ori took us on a historical journey up to our modern day. He explained the ongoing political crisis in Turkey and the future possibilities for that country. He also took the time to share how all of these educational institutions established by the people inspired by Mr. Gulen's philosophy are adding positive contributions to the world's peace.

Family Game Night


Family Game Nights


The Atlantic Institute is proud to announce Family Game Nights! We'll be playing Escape Room style puzzle games that are designed to get people of different backgrounds working together for a common goal. Sign Up below for our next game night on October 28th at 7pm! More dates will be announced soon so stay tuned.

These games are for all ages and game nights are free of charge! All games hosted over Zoom so a microphone is required.


Charleston County Sheriff James Alton Cannon, Jr.

Charleston County Sheriff James Alton Cannon, Jr.

James Alton Cannon, Jr., is the elected Sheriff of Charleston County. He was first elected Sheriff in February 1988. The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office is one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the state of South Carolina, employing over 900 people. In 2006, he retired from the U. S. Air Force Reserves at the rank of Colonel after 29 years of service.

In his last assignment, he served as Reserve Commander of the 3rd. He became recognized by his peers as an expert in counterterrorism. Cannon also served 4 years on active duty as a Russian translator stationed at Templehof Air Base, West Berlin during the height of the Cold War. Sheriff Cannon is credited with successfully merging the Charleston County Police Department and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1991.
Sheriff Cannon spoke on the history of the 2nd Amendment and the role of the law enforcement at our West Columbia center on October 24th and the Greenville Center on October 25th. He gave a brief history of the 2nd Amendment and why it was added to the Constitution. Then there was an in depth conversation on the civil rights, protection and the role of the government. Sheriff Cannon also touched the crime related issues and the roots of societal problems that may not find adequate attention in public sphere. These include but not limited to suicide attempts, drug overdose, and domestic violence.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep


Beach/River Sweep

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer waterway cleanup event. Every 3rd Saturday in September since 1988, thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of aquatic debris
Saturday we joined S.C. Sea Grant Consortium on Folly Beach. Jennifer was Site Captain for is amazing volunteer opportunity