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Palmetto Forum

The Palmetto Forum is a world affairs luncheon seminar designed to stimulate discussion of international issues within Columbia's professional community.

Members meet on the first Monday of the month at Columbia's Palmetto Club, located at 1231 Sumter Street. The forum's membership has expanded to over 300 subscribers, among them some of Columbia's most prominent citizens. 

Fall 2019 Lectures

Wednesday – November 6, 2019 - 12:30 --- 1:30pm

Title: “Democracy building after authoritarianism - THE CHALLEGES TO LIBERAL DEMOCRACY IN POLAND (and Eastern Europe) 30 years after the 1989 reFolution”

Speaker: Dr. Bohdan Szklarski, Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door, by check only

   Must RSVP by Sunday, 11/3/2019 before (11:45pm) by Clicking: https://walkerinstitute.wufoo.com/forms/q46g1ej0jevy50/

*Payments in Advance, pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Sunday, 11/3/2019 before (11:45pm) by Clicking:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/palmetto-forum-november-2019-tickets-76817034819

Sponsored by: The Walker Institute  and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth.

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

For more information: Please check our website, like us on Facebook, or call (803) 777-8180

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 2 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

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Title: “The Middle East after the Israeli elections”

Speaker: Dr. Josef Olmert, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina

Sponsored by: The Walker Institute  and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth.

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door, by check only

   Must RSVP by Sunday, 9/29/2019 before (11:45pm)

*Payments in Advance, pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Sunday, 9/29/2019 before (11:45pm) by following to the payment portal here

For more information: Please check our website, like us on Facebook, or call (803) 777-8180

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 2 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

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Spring 2019 Lectures

Wednesday – May 1, 2019 - 12:30 --- 1:30pm

Title: “The Cosmology of Brexit”

Speaker: Dr. Robert Cox, Director, Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, Professor of Political Science, University of South Carolina

Sponsored by:The Walker Institute and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth.

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door, by check only

   Must RSVP by Sunday, 4/28/2019before (11:45pm)

*Payments in Advance, pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Sunday, 4/28/2019before (11:45pm)

For more information: Please check our website, like us on Facebook, or call (803) 777-8180

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 2 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

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Wednesday – April 3, 2019 - 12:30 --- 1:30pm

Title: “Avoiding Day Zero – Perspectives on Financing the Global Water and Sanitation Water Infrastructure Transition”

Speaker: Dr. David Fuente, Assistant Professor, School of Earth, Ocean & Environment, University of South Carolina

Sponsored by: The Walker Institute  and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth.

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door, by check only

   Must RSVP by Sunday, 3/31/2019 before (11:45pm)

*Payments in Advance, pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Sunday, 3/31/2019 before (11:45pm)

For more information: Please check our website, like us on Facebook, or call (803) 777-8180

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 2 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

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Speaker: Professor Joel Samuels, School of Law, University of South Carolina.

Title: A Local Battle with Global Implications: The Dispute Over the South China Sea

The South China Sea has become a flashpoint for tensions between China and several Southeast Asian nations who have overlapping claims over territory in that region. It is also an essential national security issue for the United States. In this interactive presentation, University of South Carolina School of Law Professor Joel Samuels will explore the legal dimensions to the South China Sea Dispute, including China’s expansive claims and how international law might address those claims. Please join us in this timely discussion of one of the most important simmering global disputes today Sponsored by: The Walker Institute and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth. Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door, by check only

Must RSVP by Sunday, 3/3/2019 before (11:45pm)

*Payments in Advance, pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

Must RSVP and pre-pay by Sunday, 3/3/2019 before (11:45pm)

For more information: Please check our website, like us on Facebook, or call (803) 777-8180

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 2 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional


Title: “A global energy transition? The increasing role of renewable energy in the global energy mix”

Speaker: Dr. Connor Harrison, Assistant professor of Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina

Sponsored by: The Walker Institute  and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth.

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door, by check only

   Must RSVP by Sunday, 2/3/2019 before (11:45pm)

*Payments in Advance, pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Sunday, 2/3/2019 before (11:45pm)

For more information: Please check our website, like us on Facebook, or call (803) 777-8180

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 2 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

 

Fall 2018 Lectures

Title: Fascism and the Demise of Democracy.

Speaker: Dr. Donald Puchala, the James F. and Maude B. Byrnes Professor of International Studies Emeritus at the University of South Carolina

Sponsored by: The Walker Institute  and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth.

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door, by check only

   Must RSVP by Sunday, December 2, 2018 before (11:45pm)

*Payments in Advance, pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Sunday, December 2, 2018, 2018 before (11:45pm)

For more information: Please check our website, like us on Facebook, or call (803) 777-8180

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 2 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 12:30pm

Speaker: Dr. Gerald McDermott, Professor of Darla Moore School of Business, USC

Title: “Assessing the Future of the Divided Korea”

Sponsored by: Walker Institute and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door

   Must RSVP by Wednesday, August 29, 2018 before (11:45pm)

   $25.00 at the door by check only

*Payments in Advance

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 2018 before (11:45pm)

   $25.00 pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 4 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 12:30pm

Engage America Series: Oman 2018

Speaker: Ms. Haura Al Wahaibi- Commercial Attaché of the Sultanate of Oman

Sponsored by: This event is jointly-sponsored by the Columbia World Affairs Council and The Walker Institute .The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth.

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door

   Must RSVP by Thursday, September 27, 2018 before (11:45pm)

   $25.00 at the door by check only

*Payments in Advance

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Thursday, September 27, 2018, 2018 before (11:45pm)

   $25.00 pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 4 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 12:30 --- 1:30pm

Title: “Genocide: The Law and Its Ambiguities”

Speaker: Dr. Anu Chakravarty, Associate professor of political science, USC

Sponsored by: The Walker Institute  and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth.

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door, by check only

   Must RSVP by Sunday, November 4, 2018 before (11:45pm)

*Payments in Advance, pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2018 before (11:45pm)

For more information: Please check our website, like us on Facebook, or call (803) 777-8180

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 2 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

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Spring 2017 Lectures

 Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:30pm

Speaker: Dr. Helmut Albrecht- Heyward Gibbes Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine, USC

Title: " If you thought nukes were scary, try bioterrorism"

Sponsored by: Walker Institute and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door

   Must RSVP by Wednesday-March 28, 2018 before (11:45pm)

   $25.00 at the door by check only

*Payments in Advance

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Wednesday- March 28, 2018 before (11:45pm)

   $25.00 pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 4 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

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Palmetto Forum Seminar

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:30pm

Speaker: Dr. Krista Van Fleit- Director, Center for Asian Studies and Islamic World Studies, USC

Title: "Bollywood to Beijing: Film Exchange in the Asian Century"

Sponsored by: Walker Institute and The Palmetto Forum is made possible in part by generous support from South State Wealth

Location: The Palmetto Club, 1231 Sumter Street

Cost and Payment Information:

Checks must be made payable to Walker Institute, no cash will be accepted

*Payments at the Door

   Must RSVP by Wednesday-February 28, 2018 before (11:45pm)

   $25.00 at the door by check only

*Payments in Advance

    Must RSVP and pre-pay by Wednesday- February 28, 2018 before (11:45pm)

   $25.00 pre-paid online, non-refundable purchase

Cancellation Policy:

If you have reserved your spot for this event and cannot attend, please call our office (803) 777-8180 to cancel your reservation no later than 4 days prior to the event. Reservations that are not cancelled will be billed.

Audience: Open to all of USC and general public

Attire: Business/Professional

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Dr. Stanislav MarkusAssociate Professor of International Business and Business Partnership Foundation Fellow – Darla Moore School of Business at USC

"Putin's Russia Inside Out"

 

Past Lectures

December 7

Dr. Helmut Albrecht, Professor and Chair of Clinical Internal Medicine at USC
"MERS, Ebola and Zika, Oh My!"

November 2

Donald Fowler, Adjunct Faculty - Department of Political Science at USC
"Who will win in this WEIRDEST election ever? Guesses and maybe reasons."

October 5

Dr. Gordon B. Smith, Emeritus Faculty - Department of Political Science at USC
"What Makes Vladimir Putin Tick?"

September 7

Dr. Robert Cox, Director at Walker Institute and Professor with Department of Political Science at USC
"Brexit: The Future of the European Union"


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