USC Upstate News

An Evening of Great Conversations Explores Topics From An Alternative to $4 Per Gallon Gasoline To The Global Image Of President Obama

02- 16- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina Upstate will host the sixth annual “An Evening of Great Conversations” on Thursday, March 5. Over an elegant dinner in downtown Spartanburg, 13 conversations on a variety of important topics will be discussed. 

“This is our strongest line-ups of topics and speakers yet,” said Dr. York Bradshaw, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USC Upstate.  “The table topics and facilitators are incredibly interesting. Table leaders include Fulbright Scholars, award-winning authors, prize-winning innovators, technologists, climatologists, social scientists, musicians, area-studies specialists, and an Oxford University Fellow.”

Each dinner table will engage in a different conversation, facilitated by a faculty expert on the topic.  Guests sign up in advance for the conversation of their choice. This year’s event is sponsored by Steve Harvey of Roebuck Advertising, John Gramling, III of integro earthfuels, and Scott Mitchell of Bank of America. 

Table conversations include:

  • Is there an Alternative to $4.00 Per Gallon Gasoline (aside from walking and biking)?
  • Let’s Talk Movies: Entertainment, History, Art, or Multi-Billion Dollar Industry?
  • Is 60 REALLY the New 40? Maybe!
  • Islam in the Modern World: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • Animal Treatment as a Reflection of the Human Condition: The Link to Violence and Kindness
  • Who will Survive (and Thrive) in the 21st Century Workplace: Innovators!
  • Flashpoint: The Enduring Significance of the Middle East to the U.S. and World
  • Can You be Fat and Healthy?: Not According to the Government
  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know and were Afraid to Ask about Shakespeare
  • Mr. Popular becomes Mr. President: the Golden Global Image of Barack Obama
  • Calling the Beatles . . . and Bob Dylan . . . and Bruce Springsteen: Does Rock Music Matter Anymore?
  • “Never Again” is Really “Again and Again”: The Continued Horror of Genocide in the World
  • Does Anyone Read Book Anymore?: Language and Literature in a Digital Age


For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Shawn Masto at (864) 503-5700 or or visit