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This year our Greenville and Columbia Peace and Dialogue Award Dinner features a very important Guest Speaker that is flying in all the way from Washington state. We invite you to come and hear his important message.

Guest Speaker: Rais Bhuiyan

RaisBhuiyan Bio January2018In the days following 9/11, Rais and two others in Texas were shot by someone whose hatred of “the other” – in this case, Muslims – was so intense that he gunned down three innocents, two of whom died. This killer, Mark Stroman, was executed for his crime, but not before he grew to understand that his assumptions regarding “the other” were wrong, and he urged Rais to continue battling hatred and prejudice to “make sure there is not another Mark Stroman.” In an era of racism and bigotry, this story drives home a critical lesson: once you get to know “the other”, it’s hard to hate them.

The truly inspiring message of this story, however, is the “transformative power of mercy and forgiveness”. Rais not only forgave his would-be killer, but he also fought to spare his life. Although he was ultimately unsuccessful in this quest, Rais has dedicated his life to countering hate and violence by challenging audiences around the world to learn about “others” rather than accepting stereotypes. I share his belief that, if we do this, “together, we can create a society that is more merciful, empathetic, and accepting” – a path forward for creating a world without hate.

 

As well we will be honoring three awardees in each community with:

Peace and Dialogue Award, Public and Community Service Award, Media and Communications Award

 

Greenville venue:

Furman University
Younts Conference Center
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC

Start Time: 6:30

Table of 7 is $400
Individual Ticket price: $60

Dress is Business attire

Book signing at end of event by Rais Bhuiyan

RSVP here.

 

 

West Columbia Center Pot Luck of Thanks

On Monday, November 20, 2017 the West Columbia Center had a potluck style dinner and listened to Chief Bill Harris from the Catawba Indian Nation who graciously spoke on theme, "What Native Americans have taught us about Thanksgiving." It was a very insightful night and many people enjoyed the conversation and questions.

How Did Turkey Become The Largest Jail For Journalists?

The Greenville offices of Atlantic Institute and the Istanbul Center hosted exiled Turkish journalist Sevgi Akarçeşme at Clemson University’s OLLI building on the night of October 25th. Akarçeşme shared her story of being forced into exile from Turkey and the plight of Turkish journalists and citizens under the Erdoğan regime. We would like to thank Sevgi Akarçeşme for sharing her riveting story and to all those in attendance for the excellent questions and dialogue.

 
 
AKARCESMESevgi Akarçesme is the dismissed editor-in -chief of Today's Zaman, an English daily in Turkey which was brutally taken over by the regime in 2016. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Bilkent University in 2001. She holds a Master's degree in International Relations and another M.A. in political science from Temple University. Following her graduate studies, she joined CSIS in Washington D.C.

Speaker:Sevgi Akarcesme

In Turkey, she worked at the Office of the President between 2008- 11. After working as an advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, she switched to media in 2012, worked as a correspondent in Today's Zaman and wrote columns for daily Zaman. In exile, she managed TurkishMinute.com until May 2017.

Her master's thesis on civilian-military issues was published as a book in 2010. In addition to academic articles, she has published commentaries in the New York Times, Quartz, Politico and Al Jazeera English, appeared on CNN International and BBC Hard Talk along with other international outlets.

West Columbia Center Pot Luck of Thanks

On Monday, November 20, 2017 the West Columbia Center had a potluck style dinner and listened to Chief Bill Harris from the Catawba Indian Nation who graciously spoke on theme, "What Native Americans have taught us about Thanksgiving." It was a very insightful night and many people enjoyed the conversation and questions.

The Atlantic Institute Greenville office shared in Noah's Pudding with the Unity Church of Greenville on October 1st.

Sharing of Noah's pudding is a symbol of Peace and Love shared between faiths in the Turkish Traditions.

 

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