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Racial Reconciliation: Past and Present, Black and White

Racial Reconciliation: Past and Present, Black and White

August 27th at 7pm

Join us for a virtual conversation with Professor Inabinet and Professor O'Neill that explores the role of history, historical memory and historical memorialization in America's current protests against racism and police violence against the black community

ONeilSteve O’Neill, a professor of history at Furman, studies the American South, South Carolina history, and the African-American civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. He has worked in museum and exhibit design and is interested in how ordinary southerners make sense of their past. In 2014-2015, he co-chaired Furman’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of desegregation at the university. In 2017-2018 served on Furman’s Task Force on Slavery and Justice and led the team that wrote the history of Furman and slavery. In 2016, he received Furman’s first Meritorious Diversity & Inclusion Award for Faculty. He is the author of “Memory, History, and the Desegregation of Greenville, South Carolina” published in Toward 'The Meeting of the Waters’: Currents in the History of the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina during the Twentieth Century, (University of South Carolina Press, 2009) and “What We Remember, What We Forget: Mythmaking and Civil Rights History in South Carolina” published in Historians in Service of a Better South: Essays in Honor of Paul Gaston (New South Books, 2017). In his spare time, he enjoys bicycling and kayaking.




inabinetBrandon Inabinet, an associate professor of communication studies at Furman, studies rhetoric and public address, especially focused on intergenerational issues like slavery and climate. He chaired the 2018 Task Force on Slavery & Justice at Furman. His works include over a dozen book chapters and journal articles on Southern rhetoric, including proslavery voices, honor cultures, and non-white voices that constitute the South. A forthcoming edited volume Reconstructing the South (University of Mississippi Press) will showcase that work with similar projects across the fields of rhetoric and communication studies. On campus, Inabinet mentors independent studies and research on related topics and advises the TEDxFurmanU group and the Debate Society. For fun, he bikes and kayaks at a much slower pace than Dr. O’Neill.

Best way to respond to bullying

received 10155845283918433We'd like to thank JayDee for teaching a class on Bullying. We enjoyed learning with the Unicorn and Moose how bully's make us feel and some of the ways that we can respond. The kids came up with some great ideas and shared some of their own experiences.

JD was born and raised in Montana and has been a resident of the Upstate since 2001. He has been performing Balloon art since 1999. JD is no ordinary balloon artist, his pieces are complex and easily distinguishable from the rest, at times conveying messages to children. JD is also a TED Talk participant, a Junior Achievement Volunteer and a Landmark Forum graduate. He is a true Entrepreneur. He is from the Fountain Inn area and He and his wife, Jenna, have three children.






The Pillowcase Project

Sweet Dreams and Prayers For You:

The Atlantic Institute is proud to report that Sweet Dreams and Prayers For You was an incredible success! For this event, we joined forces with some of the Upstate's finest faith and interfaith communities to gather items that would make a positive impact on the lives of children entering the foster system. We are happy to say that 105 pillow cases stuffed with toys, hygiene items, clothes, blankets, and other essentials were decorated with love and care by our amazing volunteers! We were absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of goods raised by our partnering communities and cannot express our gratitude enough to those that helped make this vital program a success.

While none of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Rund Abdelnabi and AI's own Christina Bell, we also recognize all the incredible work done by Holy Cross Episcopal, Upstate International, The Riley Institute, the Sikh Society of South Carolina, Congregation Beth Israel, Fostering Great Ideas, Temple of Israel, and Emmanuel Church of Christ. We are truly blessed to have truly empathetic people willing to help children in need.

We would like to give a special thanks to David White from Fostering Great Ideas for leading us all through the "Limbo" exercise which gave us all a glimpse of what it is like entering the foster system. This exercise gave us a good idea of why the items we collected and the sense of owning something that is truly your own is so important to kids facing the daunting foster care system.

We are excited to continue to make positive impacts to the foster system. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook for more opportunities!

Foster Care Drive
This January 12th, Atlantic Institute created a platform for Roann Abdeladl to share with the group what the Youth Interfaith program is that she created a few years ago IS and DOES. If you didn't make it to this event, you missed a great learning experience that will instill some faith in you of what our young can accomplish when we give them the room to accomplish their dreams. 
Roann and her board, comprised of two Christian students and one Jewish student, have brought together youth from various religious backgrounds to have dinner and dialogue together as well as volunteer at various locations together. She has taken on the role of a leader in her will be interesting to watch her unfold as she matures into a young adult.

Spartanburg International Festival

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The Istanbul Cultural Center and the Atlantic Institute want to thank all our friends and neighbors in Spartanburg for welcoming our community to the Spartanburg International Festival! This day is a great opportunity to visit all the different cultural communities in the upstate. Please, check out the link below for more information, pictures, and a chance to learn about next year! 


Service Appreciation Program

Service Appreciation Program

SAP logoThe Atlantic Institute is bringing back the Service Appreciation Program for educators in South Carolina! We have gone back to the white board this year to deliver a program that seeks to show our thanks to educators in the state with a simple, humble gift. In previous years, we have given gifts of food as a way of showing our thanks. This year, we are hoping to deliver something more practical: a dry-erase marker.

If you’ve ever seen a teacher go to write on the board and the only marker available to them is out of ink, you know how frustrating it can be. Schools generally offer only a limited amount of these supplies every semester, meaning it is not unusual for educators to have to purchase their own pens, pencils, and white-board markers. By providing this small gift, we are hoping to make the efforts of those who make such major impacts on our children’s lives a little easier and less frustrating.

The cost of getting specially branded, reliable white-board markers is between .75 cents and a dollar per marker with the expense getting smaller if the markers are bought in bulk. In South Carolina, most school districts employee between 150 and 300 educators. We wish to service as many schools as possible throughout the entire state, but we need sponsors and donors to make this project a reality!

We feel this can be a great way to market your small business or organization in a particular area or district. All markers gifted can include your company logo, contact information, or any message you’d like to include! Good will goes a long way, and this program can potentially reach thousands of people in the state who will be thankful to your business! If you, your business, or your organization would like to help us sponsor a school, a school district, or even an individual educator please let us know or fill out the donor form below.



The Service Appreciation Program has been kicked off in Greenville!

 Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School

The Service Appreciation Program has been kicked off in Greenville!On March 23rd we visited Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School with a wonderful assortment of fruit and snacks to show our appreciation for the hard work and dedication that their teachers and staff put towards educating today's youth. They enjoyed their treats to munch on during their Faculty Meeting.

We look forward to visiting other schools on our list over the year...Next up is Beck Academy - International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme in April! We can't wait to drop them off something!


Beck Academy. International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

The Greenville Atlantic Institute Branch, in partnership with Costco, brought 120 apples to the teachers and staff at Beck Academy- International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme. This is a wonderful International school whose mission is to meet the academic needs of our culturally diverse student body in a safe environment that nurtures, accepts, and encourages all students to be productive citizens of the global community, life-long learners, and future leaders.
We'd like to thank Ms Toney for the opportunity to be able to share our appreciation for the wonderful services you provide for the community.


January 20, 2016

JL Mann, Greenville High and Travelers Rest High Schools

Atlantic Institute and it's Volunteers traveled to three schools on January 20th delivering approximately 400 apples to JL Mann, Greenville High and Travelers Rest High Schools. It was great to meet the staff and thank them for their service of teaching our youth. We look forward to visiting more schools and working with Aldridge Produce for our apples. 


January 29, 2016

Greenville Middle, Southside High School and Greer Middle College Charter High School.

This week the Greenville office delivered apples to three more schools. Greenville Middle, Southside High School and Greer Middle College Charter High School. We love our Teachers!


How Can We Transform Anger and Cultivate Compassion in this Contentious Time?

How Can We Transform Anger and Cultivate Compassion in this Contentious Time?

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Venerable Thubten Chonyi, Sravasti Abbey
Speaks about how Anger is all around us these days, on TV, radio, social media, and in our daily contacts. Polarization from politics spills over into our daily lives, creating pain and suffering for us and making it impossible to communicate with others. Is this a good way to live?

Buddhism teaches the futility of anger and the damage it brings, while its opposites -- love, fortitude or patience, and compassion - bring only benefit to ourselves and others. Are these ideas practical in today's world? If so, how do we get from anger to love?

Ven. Thubten Chonyi is a nun practicing in the Tibetan tradition at Sravasti Abbey in eastern Washington state. A native of Atlanta, she was ordained in 2011. She comes to Columbia to visit the South Carolina Dharma Group (

Interactive Panel Discussion on The Civil Rights Movement

civilrightsThe Greenville Office together with the Greenville County Library System presented an event on the Civil Rights Movement in Greenville.

The evening opened with two students from Southside High Schools Speech and Debate team performing a piece called "Strands" By Eric Wilson. They took us through the timeline of African Americans from the Auction block to the Civil Rights Movement and did an excellent job at capturing the audience.

Then our Panelists took their places and discussed their stories, shared their thoughts and opinions and fielded questions from the audience. We would like to thank Mr Mack Lockhart, Mrs Lillian Brock-Fleming and Mr Jimmy Carter for sharing their history with us so that we can learn from them.

Mr Richard Walton MC'd the event for us and shared with us his experiences as well. This event was well attended and many thoroughly enjoyed the performance and discussion.

Beach Sweep/River Sweep


Beach/River Sweep

Beach Sweep/River Sweep is South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer waterway cleanup event. Every 3rd Saturday in September since 1988, thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of aquatic debris
Saturday we joined S.C. Sea Grant Consortium on Folly Beach. Jennifer was Site Captain for is amazing volunteer opportunity


NBA Basketball Player Enes Kanter

kanterAtlantic Institute is excited to announce that NBA Basketball Player Enes Kanter will be here on Saturday, September 2nd! Standing at 6'11" he plays at the Power Forward Postion for the Oklahoma City Thunder! 
We invite you to come and meet him at the following locations: 
Saturday September 2nd

Sterling Community Center from 12-1pm

113 Minus Street

Greenville SC 29601


Phillis Wheatley Community Center from 2-3pm

335 Greenacre Road

Greenville, SC 29607


Furman University from 4-5pm

Meet and Greet with Furman Paladins Basketball Team

Timmons Arena

3300 Poinsett Hwy

Greenville, SC 29613


Please bring with you any memorabilia you would like to have signed.

From Local to Global

From Local to Global

Peaceful coexistence: Cross-continental perspectives from South Africa and South Carolina

Date: March 27th at 12pm EST / 7PM SAST


We sincerely thank our partner Turquoise Harmony Institute in South Africa for coordinating a fascinating call on our "From Local to Global Series" The conversation we had on Peaceful Coexistence and learning from each other about the work all of us are doing was so refreshing that we hope this is just the beginning of some great international discussions. There was so much learned about each other in our breakout rooms that truly left us all wanting more.

Thank you to all that participated.



adrian birdDr. Adrian Bird has lived and worked in several diverse international countries, including Zimbabwe, India, the UK and the USA
Adrian currently works at Union Presbyterian Seminary, teaching courses in History, and Interfaith Relations, and served for three years as Chair of Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, working to build bridges of understanding with partners across the State.
Adrian has many published chapters and articles, and is the author of "M.M. Thomas and Dalit Theology”.




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Former Broadcast journalist Najma Khota pioneered woman's voices on radio. She is a counselling therapist and an integrative health practitioner. Najma practiced as a trauma counsellor at a private hospital.
She is currently the General Manager for the S&S global education initiative. She has served on the board of several community organizations. Najma is driven by her passion for social justice and equal rights.






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Catherine Fleming Bruce heads Tnovsa Global Commons, which focuses on preservation and culture. She chairs the newly formed National Coalition Delegation, a group of former delegates from around the US and abroad elected to the 2020 Democratic National Convention.The organization will support civic engagement on public policy, democratic institutions, and the US constitution.

Catherine is the author of ‘The Sustainers: Being, Building and Doing Good through Activism in the Sacred Spaces of Civil Rights, Human Rights and Social Movements. In 2017, she became the first Black author to win the University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Book Prize, awarded by their Center for Historic Preservation.

Bruce and her work have appeared in US News and World Report, National Geographic Traveler Magazine, The Post and Courier (SC) and South Carolina Public Radio.




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Fellow at Al Sharq Forum, Istanbul Turkey, Deputy Chairperson Common Action Forum, Madrid Spain. Columnist Middle East Monitor London, United Kingdom. Member of the Board Mail and Guardian, Johannesburg, South Africa.