6:00 PM18:00

CCFI Reception for Russian Women Business Leaders

CCFI / Palmetto Council for International Visitors and Columbia World Affairs Council

are hosting a group of Women Business Leaders from Russia March 9 - 17.

A reception is planned for CCFI members to meet the Russian delegation.

RSVP is required by 5 pm on Thursday, March 8.

Please email  Please indicate if you will attend & if you will be bringing a guest.



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4:30 PM16:30

Japanese Calligraphy Event

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the beautiful art of Japanese Calligraphy?  This event is on Monday 26th from 4:30-7:00  at the USC Close-Hipp Building, 1705 College St, Columbia, SC 29201, on the 6th floor. 

Here’s a video of what you will be doing.

This event is not just writing, but also a performance! Japanese calligraphy performing is growing in Japanese culture where you use large paper and brush to music! You can move your whole body to the beat! Here’s a video of a Japanese calligraphy performance.

We will start with a simple performance so don’t worry. We will perform to this song.

They request that you RSVP by 7 PM February 22nd, which is this Thursday. In the RSVP, please tell us you name and home country.

There is no cost for attending! If you will be late, please let us know in your RSVP. Our event page is on Facebook! Please like and share us and invite your friends.

There are few opportunities to do Japanese calligraphy performances outside of Japan. Don’t miss out on this! We look forward to seeing you there.

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to Feb 22

Women as Agents of Change in Rule of Law

The struggle for peace, justice, human rights and equality continues in much of the world, and women are increasingly serving as formidable change agents. On February 21-22, 2018, the Rule of Law Collaborative, in partnership with the School of Law, Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Mary Baskin Waters Annual Lecture Series, will host a symposium: Women as Agents of Change in Rule of Law, at the USC School of Law. Women leaders from South Carolina as well as countries such as Afghanistan, Canada, Kenya, Sierra Leone and South Africa will discuss strategies for change in areas such as access to justice, human rights education, good governance and leadership in the justice sector.  Please go to for further information.

Free and Open to the Public.     6.5 CLE Credits Offered for the Symposium on February 22.     Reserve your spot at: 

Sponsored by USC Rule of Law Collaborative, School of Law

Womens as agents in change.PNG
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to May 26

Ongoing Events for Internationals

CMI Lunches

What:  Free Lunch (you can stay for English language classes after lunch)

Where: Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), 819 North Main Street

 (Across from the USC Education Building)

When: Every Thursday at 12:00


International Friendship Ministries (IFM) Dinner and English Classes

What:  Free Dinner/ESL Classes (some are Christian and some are not - your choice)

Where: 1727 Pendleton Street (Columbia Evangelical Church)

When:  Fridays @ 7-9 p.m.

Contact: Raj Aluri at 803-799-3452


Advanced English Classes and Dinner

Where: Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM), 819 North Main Street

When:  Sundays @ 4-6 p.m.

Contact:  John Meyers -





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6:30 PM18:30

Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Immigrant Detention Centers in Georgia

Free and open to the public

Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director for Project South, will be presenting on Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Immigrant Detention Centers in Georgia.”

 In May 2017, Project South and the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic published a report, "Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigrant Detention Centers," in collaboration with a special student project of Mercer Law School and other organizations. The report is based on interviews with more than 70 detained immigrants, immigration attorneys, and tours of the Stewart Detention Center and the Irwin County Detention Centers. It shines light on conditions inside these two facilities and recommends that they be closed. Hear Azadeh Shahshahani, Legal & Advocacy Director with Project South, talk about immigration detention in the US and findings of the report. Read the full report here.

Azadeh Shahshahani is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer. She is a past president of the National Lawyers Guild and a director at the ACLU of Georgia.  Azadeh has served on human rights tribunals and commissions around the world. She has actively supported liberation and human rights movements in Palestine, Tunisia, and the Philippines. Azadeh has worked on anti-racism and anti-Islamophobia campaigns for more than ten years, including defending Black, Brown, and Muslim community members targeted by the law enforcement; challenging human rights abuses in detention centers; defending Muslim women targeted for wearing hijab; and other cases of institutional oppression. She has been awarded the 2017 U.S. Human Rights Network Movement Builder Award, Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions 2016 Peace and Justice Award, the American Immigration Lawyers Association 2012 Advocacy Award, among several others.

Legal and Advocacy work at Project South

Video highlighting Legal and Advocacy work at Project South

In collaboration with Grassroots Alliance for Immigrant Rights (GAIR)/ Somos SC

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to May 4

USC Conversation Partners

Conversation Partners: This is program that CCFI members may be interested in joining. Conversation Partners gives you the opportunity to talk with international students learning English in English Programs for Internationals (EPI). Conversation sessions will be held in the EPI classrooms located on the 6th floor of the Close-Hipp building. The sessions will be held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm beginning January 23, 2018. Volunteers may sign up to attend one or the other session, or both if interested. The application link is found here:

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CWAC/Bierkeller Christmas Biergarten on Main Street
1:00 PM13:00

CWAC/Bierkeller Christmas Biergarten on Main Street

Our friends at the Columbia World Affairs Council are kicking off the holiday season Bavarian-style! Join CCFI in attendance at the CWAC and Bierkeller Columbia holiday biergarten on Main Street. Join CWAC or renew your membership now for FREE biertokens! See event details on the CWAC website, or read more below:

Season's greetings Columbi-Ja! We are once again partnering with our friends at Bierkeller Columbia for our final event of the year. If you are like us, this last month of the year is quite a busy one, filled with cooking and buying presents and spending time with family. Among all the activity, we hope you can join us one last time in 2017 to relax in our Christmas Biergarten on Main Street! 

The pleasant afternoon of Bavarian-style camaraderie also couples as a membership drive. Join CWAC or renew your membership between now and the day of the event and receive 2 free Biertokens to use toward Bierkeller beer, merchandise, or the purchase of a commemorative mug. Use the code PROST when you join or renew HERE.  

The small beer garden will be set up on the corner of Lady and Main Street downtown, in the courtyard behind First Citizens Bank. Drop by after shopping at the Main Street market for some Rauchbier, Kellerbier, or hot mulled wine! (Yes, they are making Gluehwein for the colder temperatures!) 

Many thanks to our event sponsor, First Citizens Bank, for their support and generous use of their plaza. 

No tickets required, just break out your mugs and bring your spare tokens.The Wurst Wagen will be present if you need a quick snack. Happy Holidays and see you soon!

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Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World
6:30 PM18:30

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

The Columbia World Affairs Council and the Carolina Peace Resource Center, in partnership with the CMA, are pleased to present a film screening of Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2012. 90 minutes) with an introduction by renowned artist and author Steven Naifeh followed by a Q&A discussion. A part of USC’s International Education Week, the evening is free and open to the public.

For more information, go to the Columbia World Affairs Council Events Page:

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2017 Korean Festival
11:00 AM11:00

2017 Korean Festival

  • 1412 Richland Street Columbia, SC, 29201 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS


The Korean Festival is one of the fastest growing festival in the Columbia community.  The event attracted 4,000+ festival attendees last year more than doubling compare to 2012.  The Korean Festival is a fun family oriented event with special attractions, musical acts and some of the most delicious Korean cuisine Columbia has to offer.

The Korean Festival celebrates the Korean community's rich heritage, culture and traditions.  The purpose of the Korean Festival is to share, promote and raise the awareness of the beauty and diversity of Korean culture.  The festival showcases a wide range of performances from traditional Korean dances to ever so popular K-pop music.  Additionally, all of the proceeds from the festival are donated to local charities!

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Friday Lunch Hour: Picnic on the Plaza!
12:30 PM12:30

Friday Lunch Hour: Picnic on the Plaza!

Join the Columbia Council for Internationals for a Picnic on the Plaza!

Friday, November 3rd, CCFI will be hosting the Friday International Lunch Hour on the plaza in front of the Close-Hipp Building on the University of South Carolina campus.

All international students are invited to enjoy a free lunch, meet CCFI members, and socialize with fellow international students.

See you there!

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