Columbia SC World Affairs Council

August Events in Columbia

Watch the Columbia World Affairs website and Facebook page for great international events taking place in mid-state SC!

Thursday, Aug 15: 5pm – Japanese Conversation Group Meetup
Are you ready to start conversing in Japanese again? The summer was busy for conversation club group leader Lucy, including a trip to Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. They are three of the four main islands of Japan. Since she had cold, delicious kakigori in Tokyo, we will replicate this at Pelican Snowball. We will discuss our summer vacations, flavors of shaved ice, and other topics. Check out the fun handout on kakigori in the comments below before our meeting! See the event here on Facebook, and RSVP to Lucy Spence, at

Pelican Snowball Rosewood
1900 Rosewood Drive
Columbia, South Carolina 29205

Saturday, August 17: 7pm – Columbia Polyglot Meet-Up!
Calling language lovers of ALL levels! This is the event to attend for anyone who loves language and wants to learn from and with other language enthusiasts! Learn from like-minded individuals, in a relaxed atmosphere and discover new language communities. Share your knowledge of Mandarin, French, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Japanese and Portuguese all in one setting! ​Be sure to take a raffle ticket at the door to win language resource materials and a FREE CWAC membership! See the event here on Facebook, and email Courtney Bailey with any comments, questions, or concerns: ​

World of Beer
902 Gervais Street Suite F
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Tuesday, August 20: 5:30pm – Curious about Columbia World Affairs Council? Learn more!
Let’s put Columbia on the map! Curious about becoming more involved with CWAC? Join us for our first membership committee info session at Curiosity Coffee on August 20th! Attendees will learn about what joining a membership committee means, leadership opportunities within each committee, and how to select the right committee for you! For more information, or to subscribe to the CWAC newsletter, email us at

Please also RSVP to this event or by email so we can assist our friends at Curiosity with accommodations. Annual membership begins at $20 for students and $55 for individuals. More info here:

Curiosity Coffee Bar
2327 Main St.
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Through September 8 – Ordinary Sagas: Mimi Kato photography art exhibit
Mimi Kato draws on the rich history and visual traditions of Japanese culture as well as the absurd everyday elements of contemporary life and merges them in imaginary landscapes. In her lengthy artistic process, Kato photographs herself as a range of costumed characters—from everyday Japanese citizens to fantastical creatures in the forest—and embeds these images into large photomontages. Her work is narratively complex and darkly humorous. 

June 14 – September 8, 2019
The Columbia Museum of Art
1515 Main Street, 
Columbia, SC 29201

NOTE: The above are not JAASC events, but we love the Japanese Conversation Group, the Columbia community, and the work being done by everyone at The Columbia World Affairs Council.