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September 22: Constitution Day. Trump, Hillary, and the Constitution

September 28: U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac, Ambassador to Uganda

October 2 - 7White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

October 14: Dick and Tunky Riley WWSC Awards

October 24 - 28: Nick Galasso, Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence

November 13-19: APEC 2016 in Lima, Peru

November 15: Henry "Skip" Gates

January 10, 2017: Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner

February 10, 2017: Law & Society


July 13-16South Carolina United

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



Trump, Hillary, and the Constitution

Thursday, September 22; 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center, Furman University

A Constitution Day panel discussion with Furman University political science professors Don Aiesi, Teresa Cosby, and Danielle Vinson and moderated by Dr. Brent Nelsen

Presented by The Riley Institute at Furman and Furman’s Department of Political Science

During the 2016 presidential election, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have claimed superior knowledge and understanding of what the U.S. Constitution allows. Not surprisingly, the candidates often do not agree on what the Constitution means—or says, for that matter—in regards to First Amendment rights of free speech and a free press, potential limitations on the Second Amendment, and the separation of powers in our federal government.  Who is right—if either?

In recognition of Constitution Day, on September 22 at 4:00, Furman’s own constitutional scholars, Teresa Cosby, J.D., and Don Aiesi, Ph.D., and American Government specialist Danielle Vinson, Ph.D., will participate in a panel discussion analyzing claims made by Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.  Political Science Professor Brent Nelsen, Ph.D., will moderate the discussion.

Seating is limited. Please arrive early!

Summer Series 2016

The South Carolina Department of Education's Speaking of Schools on South Carolina Public Radio featured podcasts of highlights of all three sessions of the 2016 Riley Institute/OLLI @ Furman summer series: “Education for Life: Fulfilling the promise of Education." Click on the links for highlights from Session I, July 18; Session II, July 25; and Session III, August 1.  

For more information about the event, click here.