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 Wednesday 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.
Spring 2016 Palmetto Forum Lecture Series
Come Join Walker for the Last Palmetto Forum Luncheon of the Spring Semester!
$20 Lunch (Cash, Check, Credit Card payment here or Palmetto Club ticket only please) Please make checks payable to the Walker Institute. Thank you.
"How Desicive is the African-American Vote in 2016?"
Race is a large issue in the 2016 Presidential contest, and the preferences of Black voters seem to hold the balance for the Democratic candidates. Dr. Todd Shaw, explained the diversity of the African-American vote in South Carolina and across the country.
"Terrorism: Then and Now"
This talk explored terrorism aimed at achieving political goals in world affairs. Dr. Puchala disscused some instances of political terrorism in the past and then draw some lessons for the present.
"Israel and its neighbors"
Events unfolding in the Middle East since the misnamed "Arab Spring" in 2010 frequently reference Israel as a main protagonist. However, salient developments in the last 2-3 years highlight the fact that the historic conflict between Israel and its neighbors is not a simple two-party conflict, as many have long (and wrongly) understood it to be.
Fall 2015 Palmetto Forum Lecture Series
December 2 - Dr. Rajeev Bais
"Survivors of Torture in South Carolina"
November 4 - Dr. Anindya Majumdar
"Emerging India: A Story in the Making"
October 7 - Dr. Harvey Starr and Dr. Stanley Dubinsky
"Israel and its Neighbors"
(LUNCHEON POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY DUE TO THE HISTORIC FLOODING)
September 2 - Dr. Ed Madden
"The Message from Ireland: We Do"
Spring 2015 Palmetto Forum Lecture Series
May 6 - Ms. Melody Banks
"Independent - Not seperate: Conflicts in Sudan"
April 1- Dr. Eric Brenner
"Ebola: Beyond Short-Term Media Hype"
March 4- Dr. Josef Olmert
"Israeli General Elections -- Regional and International Implications"
February 4- Dr. Caroline Nagel
"Islam and Islamic Radicals in Europe"
Fall 2014 Palmetto Forum Lecture Series
"World War I: The Forgotten War
November 5- Dr. Scott Buchanan
"Election 2014: The Aftermath"
October 1- Colonel Bryan P. Hernandez
"The Middle East and US National Security Issues"
September 5—Professor Robert Cox, Director Walker Insitute, Professor Gordon Smith, Deputy Director Rule of Law Collaborative and Professor Joel Samuels, Director Rule of Law Collaborative.
Three of USC’s experts on European affairs shared their insights on the Ukraine crisis and how relations between Russia and the West are changing.
Spring 2014 Palmetto Forum Lecture Series
March 5—Professor Joshua Grace, USC History
"Cars, Roads, and the Politics of Development in Tanzania"
April 2—Professor Brad Epperly, USC Political Science
"Democratic Backsliding in the Heart of Europe? Constitutional Change in Hungary and its Implications for the Constitutional Court"
May 7—Dr. Robert Cox, Director of the Walker Institute
"Why Germany is a Leader in Renewable Energy"
Germany seems an unlikely candidate to be a global leader in wind and solar power. After all, the country is relatively still and dark. But, Germany has become a global leader in renewable energy because the government sees this as an important strategic direction, and has vigorously promoted leading edge technologies.
Fall 2013 Palmetto Forum Lecture Series
September 4 - Dr. Payal Shah, USC College of Education
"Girl's Education and Empowerment in Gujarat, India"
October 2 - Dr. Simon Hudson, Director and Endowed Chair for the Center of Economic Excellence in Tourism and Economic Development
"South Carolina's Place in the Global Tourism Industry"
November 6 - Joel H. Samuels
"A Window On America's Most Important Piracy Case"
December 4 - Keith Kenney
"How the Journalism School Helps to Rebuild the former Soviet Republic of Georgia"
In this talk, Professor Keith Kenney discussed how former republics in the Soviet Union, as well as other newly independent countries, often struggle to become independent. Georgia, for example, lacked the ability to generate electricity when it became independent in 1991. It also lacked a functioning legal system, political system, economic system, news media, and so on. The US government has been helping Georgia to create these systems because Georgia is strategically located and because its previous president, Mikheil Saakashvili, was a friend of the US government. After providing such context, Professor Keith Kenny explained what has been accomplished in the Journalism School Partnership Program grant and what remains to be done in the next 8 months.
Spring 2013 Palmetto Forum Lecture Series
"The Economics and Politics of Energy"
March 6 - Professor Paulette Kurzer, University of Arizona
"Risks to the Defense Industrial Base: The Offshoring and Outsourcing of U.S. Manufacturing"
April 3 - Dr. Josef Ohlmert, USC Political Science
Israel’s International Relations and Strategic Priorities
May 1 - Dr. Doyle Stevick
"Why is the Holocaust Controversial in Central and Eastern Europe?"
The countries of Central and Eastern Europe have a problematic relationship with the Holocaust, its history and legacy. Professor Stevick explained international efforts underway to reform the way the holocaust is taught and local reactions to those efforts.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Walker Institute at (803)777-8180 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.