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Homeschooling Support

HOME1Children1We realize that for many of you that are now Homeschooling, are experiencing quite an adjustment. This Monday the 30th at 2pm, we have two seasoned homeschooling parents that will be on this call, so we can all help each other adjust a little better right now, share tips, share advice and even just sympathize with eachother.

Topic: Homeschooling Support

Time: Mar 30, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 612 778 677

The Recent Coup Attempt in Turkey

We would like to invite you to join us for a presentation to learn about the recent coup attempt in Turkey and its impacts on July 28th at 7pm.
Mr.Akif Aydin, the President of Atlantic Institute, will make a short presentation about the failed coup in Turkey. 
Following his presentation, there will be Q & A session. 
Refreshments will be served.

The Political Crisis of March 2009 in Madagascar

The Political Crisis of March 2009 in Madagascar: A Case Study of Conflict and Conflict Mediation

resimDate: March 15 2018, 6:30pm

Venue: Atlantic Institute, 909 Shull Street, West Columbia, SC

The Political Crisis of March 2009 in Madagascar: A Case Study of Conflict and Conflict Mediation

Speaker: Dr. Adrien M.Ratsimbaharison,

Department of Social Sciences and Criminal Justice, Benedict College, Columbia, SC


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An Ethnic Stew of cultures of people from all around the world.

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The Greenville County Library System together with Atlantic Institute participated in a Cultural Panel Night as an Upstate International Month program. Five different countries(Germany, France, England, India and Turkey) were represented and five very different experiences were heard from.

Coming to America is a very different and unique experience to each individual and listening to the stories of each participant were able to give those in the room a glimpse into this unique experience that many of us born here can't ever imagine. Being able to have a small sampling of some of these other countries food items was also very unique...from English tea, French Desserts and Turkish Delight.


Victim Advocacy: Knowing Your Rights and Who To Contact

June 3rd at 7:15pm EST

The Atlantic Institute partners with many faith and cultural organizations across the state for dialogue events, as such, we recognize that often it's these organizations that are "first responders" in the community when someone has been victimized. It was recently announced that, in South Carolina, June 15th will be known as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. We are partnering with South Carolina Victim Advocate Network (SCVAN) and the Faith Based Victim Services Program to inform and educate everyone on what services their program provides. We will gather a panel of members from these organizations and look at how they work with and react to victims in South Carolina from all walks of life. They will discuss services, statistics, and ways to plan for a safer community. Sign up below for a chance to take part in this discussion!


MaraMara Allport is the Training Program Manager with the Elder Abuse Training and Treatment Program housed within the Medical University of South Carolina. She trains healthcare and senior service providers on identifying and referring elder mistreatment through free in-person and online trainings. She enjoys community outreach to raise awareness about this growing public health issue and advocates for staying safe throughout the life span. Mara graduated from the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, is married, and mother to an almost-2-year-old boy.



 MaraRoger Acton is in his fourth year as the Faith Based Victim Services Project Director with the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (, along with his Assistant Project Director and Community Outreach Coordinator, Arelis Alcantara, connecting all faith communities with the powerful support of all violent crime victim services for victims and their families. In compliment to his SCVAN work, Roger, at the beginning of 2020, was appointed by Attorney General Alan Wilson as the Subcommittee Chair of the new Interfaith Initiative for the South Carolina Human Trafficking Task Force. Roger is also a part time chaplain with Marketplace Chaplains, ( providing ministry support to the staff of multiple businesses in the Midlands, as part of their employee benefits. Covering a span of over 25 years, he has enjoyed ministering in Florida, Texas and South Carolina, including about a year as a hospice chaplain, and several years as a volunteer hospital chaplain. Prior to Roger’s ministry call, he worked in sales, marketing, plus interspersed retail work with Lifeway Christian Resources while in ministry in South Carolina. With his wife, Cathy, they are celebrating 28 years of marriage, and are blessed with two awesome, collegiate daughters, Micah and Faith.



Keeping Your Culture: The American Salad Bowl

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.

Earth Day Conversation: Sustainable Living Walk Thru


We'd like to thank Oscar with Sustaining Way for allowing us to come and film at Annie's House in Greenville SC. We enjoyed walking the gardens and looking at all the ways they are making an impact in the community and sharing and teaching their knowledge.
To find out more about Annie's House you can watch here:

The video of our presentation can be found on our YouTube Channel


Turkey Under Erdogan

Join us for this Virtual Event

Turkey Under Erdogan: A Retrospective Four Years Later by Abdülhamit Bilici

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @7:00 pm EST

Zoom Link will be provided as you register.

The Atlantic Institute of South Carolina and the Columbia World Affairs Council invites you to join a virtual program on Zoom to discuss the changes in Turkey from the past several years. We wish to closely examine the effect on democracy, human rights, economy, and international and Kurdish relations. We will be featuring a prominent newspaper executive as a speaker, Mr. Abdülhamit Bilici, who was exiled for his political opinions and is now living in Washington, DC.

biliciAbout the Speaker:

Abdülhamit Bilici is a Turkish newspaper executive in exile following recent political turmoil and government oppression of the media in Turkey. Before leaving the country, Bilici served as editor-in-chief of the newspaper Zaman Daily, the largest daily newspaper in Turkey. He also was Chief Executive Officer of its English-language version, Today’s Zaman. Bilici also served as general director of Cihan News Agency and as editor of Aksiyon Weekly Magazine.

Starting his career at the Zaman Daily as a correspondent, Bilici worked as an editor at Aksiyon Magazine between 1995-1997, as foreign news editor at Zaman Daily between 1998-2001, as general editor at Zaman Daily between 2002-2008 and as general director of Cihan News Agency and as the editor-in-chief of the Zaman Newspaper and is a columnist for Zaman and Today’s Zaman dailies.

Bilici is an expert on Turkish politics and is widely sought as a speaker on the ongoing political crisis. He is editor of the book Why Turkey? which combines different perspectives on Turkey-EU relations.