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. The inaugural conference in 2016 was covered in The State newspaper. 

  • photo portrait Renu Pariyadath

    Dr. Renu Pariyadath

    Committee Co-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 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

    Committee Co-Chair

    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. 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 E. Kusch

    Dr. Celena Kusch serves as executive director of the Center for Academic Innovation and Faculty Support at USC Upstate. As a 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 Dr. Alex Lorenz Dr. Alexander Lorenz

    Dr. Alexander Lorenz is an Assistant Professor of German at the University of South Carolina Upstate. His research in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition focuses on the effects of socioeconomic backgrounds on language learning experiences and student learning outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Lorenz investigates how international migration introduces new dialects and changes existing languages in and outside the German-speaking world.

    Dr. Lorenz teaches all levels of German at USC Upstate. Many of his upper-level classes focus on historical and contemporary migration issues, German-American relations, and multicultural studies.


    photo portrait 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 conference chair for the 2019 New Global South Summit.


    photo portrait Dr. Lizabeth Zack

    Dr. Lizabeth Zack

    Dr. Lizabeth Zack is a Professor of Sociology and chair of the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women's Studies at USC Upstate. She conducts research on different kinds of political activism and has authored articles on activist campaigns for autonomy, civil rights, and environmental protection. She has been the recipient of numerous grants including a Fulbright Scholarship to Jordan in 2006-07.

  • The New Global South Committee (founded in 2016) would like to invite any students, faculty, and staff to attend lectures related to Global South issues for its “Open Classroom” series on themes engaging with Environmental Global Justice and Indigeneity Studies in an effort to highlight the public humanities and “cultivate an inclusive campus environment that advances equity, wellness, and civility.”

    To join the Open Classroom series by opening up your own course for a day, please contact Drs. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche, Renu Pariyadath, or Alex Tepperman.