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Annual Dialogue Dinners & Award Ceremony
The goal of Atlantic Institute's "Annual Dialogue Dinners & Award Ceremony" is to contribute to the progress of dialogue in the State of South Carolina by promoting mutual understanding among members of different cultures, faiths, ethnicities, and races. The dinners are held in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston.
Distinguished guests and speakers from various backgrounds and professionals are invited to the Annual Dialogue Dinner & Award Ceremony. The program is by invitation only and includes guests from universities, media, government, social institutions, faith organizations, and more. Dinners feature keynote speakers who are community leaders commensurate with the theme of that year's dinner. A keynote speaker is invited to the program to address the guests in the frame of the program's subject.
The Annual Dialogue Dinner & Award Ceremony creates a welcoming environment for the participants to engage in thoughtful discussions and to establish new friendships. As part of the Annual Dialogue Dinner & Award Ceremony, Atlantic Institute promotes new ideas and projects among the participants through collaboration and cooperation to create a better future for our community.
Sample template for the Annual Dialogue Dinner & Award Ceremony:
- Opening remarks by distinguished guests
- Dinner and conversation at tables
- Other remarks and introduction of the theme and keynote speakers
- Keynote speech
- Award presentations
- Closing remarks
Previous topics include "Empathy: Walking in Another's Shoes" and "1 Billion Hungry in the World: What is your Role?" Among others, keynote speakers includes The Honorable Phil P.
Leventis, South Carolina State Senator, Dr. A.Kadir Yildirim, Professor of Political Science at Furman University, The Honorable John W. Matthews, Jr., South Carolina State Senator, Dan Waldschmidt, CEO of Waldschmidt Partners International, South Carolina State Senator Vincent A. Sheheen, and Kemal Korucu from the Istanbul Center. Past dinners have also featured cultural entertainment whether it is Calligraphy or Music to set the tune for the evening, and entertain the audience.
The awards are presented in three categories:
• Peace and Dialogue Award
• Public and Community Service Award
• Media and Communications Award
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