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Keeping Your Culture: The American Salad Bowl

As part of International Month (hosted by Upstate International) in the Upstate, the Atlantic Institute, co-partnering with North Greenville University and Greenville Technical College, presented a Cultural Panel Night titled: Keeping Your Culture: The American Salad Bowl.

Dr H. Paul Thompson from NGU was the moderator and opened with a funny story of how the cultures differ even throughout our own country from North to South and East to West. Then each panelist was asked to recall a story of perhaps a cultural misunderstanding that they've encountered here and had the audience in an uproar of laughter. After this the questions kept coming and the panelists were very good at painting the picture for you of what it's like to be cross cultural living in America.

Our Panelists were:

Germany: Dr Dirk Schlingmann, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Professor of Mathematics, University of South Carolina Upstate
Turkey: Tugba Kucukkal is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Clemson University.
French: Monique Glass, native of France, raised and educated in Paris, Glasgow, Scotland and in Pittsburgh, PA.
India: Rashmi Janakiraman is a graduate student in Early Childhood Education at Furman University as well as a degree in computer science and engineering from Madras University.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed some Baklava, a Turkish dish and Quiche, a French dish, while they mixed and mingled and shared in dialogue with those around them.