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September 17: Constitution Day, Watkins Room in the Trone Student Center, 4 p.m.

September 22-23: China's Environmental Crisis: Is There a Way Out

October 2Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award, Columbia in conjunction with SC Future Minds; to register for the lunch and pay online, click here

October 5-10WRP Class of 2014-15

November 5-11: APEC Conference Beijing, China. For information on the 2014 APEC conference, click here.

January 13, 2015: Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner

January 29-30, 2015: Law & Society Series

March 23, 2015: Robert Musil, Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence

March 21, 2015: EPL Presentations; 2014-15 Class


July - August: Straight Talk SC: Can't Win for Losing

September 4: Andrew Michta, Ph.D., "U.S., Russia and Crisis in Ukraine: How Bad Can This Get?" 

Check our calendar for all events at the Riley Institute including the Diversity Leaders Initiative and the Center for Education Policy and Leadership


Constitution Day
Hobby Lobby Ruling:  Winning Religious Liberty or Extending Corporate Reach?

September 17, 4 p.m.
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center

Constitution Day was September 17, and this year the Riley Institute presented  a scholarly look at the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. This case pits the first amendment right of religious freedom, applying it to a closely held corporation, against the rights of an individual who may be employed by the corporation.

The program began with a sociological perspective on “Why Hobby Lobby Matters to Us?” by Professor Kristy Maher.

Holly Hollman, general counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, offered her analysis of the ruling from the perspective of those who advocate for separation of church and state. Finally, Professors Don Aiesi and Teresa Cosby offered their views, and we will take questions from the audience.

For more information, click here.