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Journal of Montessori Research, Fall 2019 issue, by David Fleming, PhD, Brooke Culclasure, PhD, and Daniel Zhang, Georgetown University (former intern with the Riley Institute). Click here for the research document.

January 14, 2020: Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner  REGISTER NOW

February 7, 2020: Law & Society

February 26, 2020: Angela Maria Kelley, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

March 31, 2020: China Conference

May 8, 2020: Graduating Scholars Luncheon

May 20-21, 2020: State Supreme Court

July 17-24, 2020: Teachers of Government. To apply, click here. Application deadline is March 20, 2020.

September 1, 8 and 15: StraightTalk



Catch up on DLI alums’ professional achievements and honors, and get community action project updates! Click on the image.



November 12Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award

October 19, 10 amAdvance Team alumni breakfast

October 6-11White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship 2019-20

October 3Riley Institute's 20th Anniversary Celebration

September 18, 4 pmConstitution Day

August 29, Sept 5 and 12StraightTalk: Nationalist Fervor on the Rise in the U.S. and Europe. 

July 12-19: Teachers of Government (TOG) 2019 - Greenville, SC and Washington, DC.

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




The Fifteenth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 14, 2020

6 pm: Reception 
7 pm: Dinner 

REGISTER NOW  Individual tickets $125 ($60 tax deductible) 

Held on the first night of the legislative session each year and attended by political, community, and business leaders, the Wilkins Awards Dinner promotes citizenship, public service, and bipartisan governing. The Wilkins Awards are named for former Speaker of the S.C. House of Representatives and Ambassador to Canada, David H. Wilkins, and honor the leadership, courage, vision, and integrity of one South Carolina legislator and one South Carolina civic leader. 

Rep. Gary Simrill (R-York) will receive the 2019 Wilkins Award for Legislative Leadership.

Currently the House Majority Leader and Vice-Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Simrill is described by his colleagues as hard-working, knowledgeable, and personable--a leader who consistently embraces ideas that move the state forward regardless of from which side of the aisle they originate.

Nella Barkley, president of Crystal-Barkley and community leader, will receive the 2019 Wilkins Award for Civic Leadership.

Nella Barkley has spent much of her life in leadership roles in numerous organizations devoted to improving the lives of South Carolinians by elevating education, sustaining and improving the arts, and creating opportunities for marginalized populations.

For more information, click here.