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September 2015 Palmetto Forum

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. Please reference below and our calendar for upcoming and past Palmetto Forum events. Please note that dates may vary due to Holidays and school breaks.

Fall 2017 Lecturers

Monday-December 4th: Dr. Bobby J. Donaldson - Associate Professor with the Department of History

Title: TBA

Monday-November 6th: TBA

Monday-October 2nd: Dr. Breanne Grace - Faculty member with College of Social Work at USC

Title: TBA

Wednesday-September 6th: Major General John P. Johnson - Commanding General, U.S. Army Training Center & Fort Jackson

Title: Preparing America's Soliders for Future Conflicts

Spring 2017 Lecturers

May 3rd: Dr. Josef Olmert, Adjunct Professor -Department of Political Science at USC

"President Trump's Middle East Strategy"

April 5th: Dr. Christoffer Green-Pedersen - Professor, Department of Political Science of Business and Social Sciences at AARHUS University in Denmark

"The New Populism in Europe"

March 1st: Dr. Augie Grant, Professor -School of Journalism and Mass Communication at USC

"Scoial Media and International Relations"

February 1st:  Dr. Stanislav Markus, Associate Professor of International Business and Business Partnership Foundation Fellow at the Darla Moore School of Business at USC

"Putin's Russia Inside Out"

Fall 2016 Lecturers

December 7th: Dr. Helmut Albrecht, Professor and Chair of Clinical Internal Medicine at USC

"MERS, Ebola and Zika, Oh My!"

November 2nd: Donald Fowler, Adjunct Faculty - Department of Political Science at USC

"Who will win in this WEIRDEST election ever? Guesses and maybe reasons."

October 5th: Dr. Gordon B. Smith, Emeritus Faculty - Department of Political Science at USC

"What Makes Vladimir Putin Tick?"

September 7th: Dr. Robert Cox, Director at Walker Institute and Professor with Department of Political Science at USC

"Brexit: The Future of the European Union"


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Walker Institute at (803)777-8180 or at