The New Global South Summit

Global South Summit at USC UpstateThe New Global South Summit at USC Upstate brings together students, faculty, staff, and the Upstate community to explore and celebrate the important ways that our local lives intersect with the wider world. Our Upstate region is becoming increasingly global through a booming international economy, global cultural exchanges, demographic changes, and growth in many ways. USC Upstate is committed to preparing students to participate as responsible citizens in a diverse, global and knowledge-based society by increasing students’ awareness of global perspectives and partnerships with the education, corporate and service organizations of the Upstate.

The Annual New Global South Summit event highlights the work of scholars from a variety of disciplines, languages, and global experiences to bring the world into our own backyard. Find out more about our inaugural conference in an article from The State

  • photo portrait of Dr. Renu Pariyadath

    Dr. Renu Pariyadath

    Committee Chair

    Dr. Renu Pariyadath, assistant professor in communication, was born in the state of Kerala in India and grew up in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Being a member of the Indian diaspora herself, Renu researches the role of Indian migrants in organizing around and campaigning for transnational social- and environmental justice. Her doctoral and current research projects included ethnographic fieldwork in India and the US. She is an advocate for a three-decade-old ongoing campaign for environmental justice in India and often involves her students in projects that serve this survivor-led movement.

    photo portrait of Dr. Catherine Canino Dr. Catherine Canino

    Dr. Cathy Canino, professor of English, grew up and was educated in the diversity of Southern California, and was always interested in other cultures and languages. She has been traveling abroad since college and finds travel to be a transformative experience. When she began teaching at USC Upstate, she wanted to share that experience with her students and began organizing yearly trips to Europe, which were very successful. Now, as director of the Honors Program at USC Upstate, she has made international travel and global engagement the core of the Honors Program. 

    photo portrait Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

    Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche

    Dr. Araceli Hernández-Laroche is an associate professor of modern languages and the assistant chair for world languages in the Division of Languages, Literature and Composition at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She has a BA from UCLA and MA & PhD from the University of California Berkeley. She is the Past-President of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French. A native of Mexico, she has lived, researched and taught in several countries and speaks four languages. She serves on the Hispanic Alliance Leadership/Steering Committee of Spartanburg and served on the Inclusion Council for the local Chamber of Commerce. Her students tutored female and male inmates for an award-winning service learning program, Operation Educate. In 2018 she is co-teaching again a service learning, honors, and interdisciplinary course with a criminal justice professor, Dr. Hauptman, on Global Migration. She teaches technology-intensive courses. She publishes on service learning, Active Learning, translation studies, existentialism and Mediterranean Studies; she also explores the intersections of colonialism and world wars in the works of French, Italian and North African writers.

    photo portrait of Dr. Celena Kusch Dr. Celena Kusch

    Dr. Celena Kusch serves as chair of the Division of Languages, Literature, and Composition at USC Upstate. As an associate professor of American literature, her research focuses on transnational modernist women writers and the impact of cross-cultural contact with colonies and postcolonial independence movements on culture, art, identity, and life in the cities at the center of global empires. Her publications and presentations focus on the relationships between American and European modernist writers and the people, cultures, and literature of Egypt, South Africa, Jamaica, and India. She regularly teaches courses in postcolonial literature, multiethnic American literature, and American immigrant literature. 

    photo portrait of Dr. Nicole Richardson Dr. Nicole Richardson

    Dr. Nicole Richardson is an assistant professor of East Asian history with a focus on Chinese history and women's and gender studies. Dr. Richardson has held research fellowships in Asia and will serve as moderator at the 2018 New Global South Summit.

  • “The New Global South Summit: Movement, Migrations, Mujeres”

    Tuesday, March 20, 2018: 2 - 4 p.m.
    Olin B. Sansbury, Jr. Campus Life Center Ballroom (CLC 309 & 310)

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Kasturi Rumu Dasgupta “The Global South through Three Eras of Globalization”

    Kasturi Rumu DasGupta, professor emeritus of sociology, received her undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Delhi; her Ph.D. in sociology from Louisiana State University. She taught at Georgian Court University since 1989 to 2017. Dasgupta is the author of Introducing Social Stratification: The Causes and Consequences of Social Inequality. Currently she is an active member on the Board of Directors of Destiny’s Bridge, a transitional encampment for the homeless in Howell Township in Monmouth County, NJ.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. B. Christine Arce “Against Invisibility: The Legacy of Mulatez and Mexico’s Female Revolutionaries”

    B. Christine Arce is an associate professor at the University of Miami and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. She works on issues of gender, migration and non-Western epistemologies in the cultural production of Mexico, Brazil and the Caribbean. Her book, Mexico’s Nobodies, explores the long obviated contributions of women and blacks to Mexican culture and history. Arce has published in journals such as Callaloo, Chasqui, Aztlán.


    Meghan Blanton Smith is a community leader and program director for SC Test Prep, a nonprofit that seeks to increase college access among low-income students. She serves on the leadership/steering committee of the Hispanic Alliance of Spartanburg.


    Dr. Nicole Richardson, Assistant Professor of East Asian History


    Dr. Renu Pariyadath, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies