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June 18 - 23Emerging Public Leaders 2017-18 program. 

July 15 - 21: Teachers of Government program, Washington, D.C. 

August 24, 31 and September 7: Summer Series 2017

September 18: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

November 8 - 9: National Conference on Climate Change


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

July 13-16South Carolina United

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

October 2 - 7White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

October 14: Dick and Tunky Riley WWSC Awards

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

November 13-19APEC 2016 in Lima, Peru

January 10, 2017Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner

February 10, 2017Law & Society

April 10 - 12, 2017: Furman alumni conference — Safe and Free: Civil Liberties and the Fight for National Security

April 22EPL 2016-17 Presentations

May 10Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner. 

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


Nominations are being accepted for the 2017-2018 WRP Class

Click here for the form. Nominations are due by May 15th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.



Emerging Public Leaders
June 18-23, 2017

The Riley Institute at Furman will welcome the 2017-18 Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) to Furman's campus June 18-23, 2017 for a week filled with activities and opportunities to learn about public leadership.

Eighteen rising high school seniors from across South Carolina have been accepted for EPL's 15th class, bringing the total number of students who have participated in the program to 228. For the Schedule of Activities, click here.

Meet the 2017-18 Emerging Public Leaders Students 

Jennie Allen, Union County High School, Union
Mitchell Beard, Mauldin High School, Simpsonville
Jackson Bingham, Dorman High School, Spartanburg
Vinita Cheepurupalli, Spring Valley High School, Columbia
Erica Daly, Fort Mill High School, Tega Cay
Kirsten Fisher, Wilson Hall, Sumter
Farehaa Hussain, Riverside High School, Greer
Vivian Karamitros, Clover High School, Clover
Avi Mahoney, Strom Thurmond High School, Johnston
Ronak Malde, Southside High School, Greenville
Ellery McNeil, Carolina High School, Greenville
Melody Moorehead, Hannah-Pamplico High School, Pamplico
Olivia Nelli, JL Mann High School, Greenville
Tejas Patel, Cougar New Tech, Walterboro
Mary Laurel Patrick, Greenville Sr. High Academy, Greenville
Manning Snyder, Porter Gaud, Charleston
Queen Trapp, Ridge View High School, Columbia
Duncan Winburn, Westwood High School, Columbia

Teachers of Government 2017
July 15 - 21, 2017

Eight high school and middle school teachers of government from South Carolina will arrive on Furman's campus on July 15th to participate in the Fifteenth Annual Summer Institute for Teachers of Government sponsored by the Riley Institute at Furman. Participants will spend a week in Washington D.C. where they will meet with government officials, politicians, non-governmental activists and members of education policy-making agencies. 

Dr. Elizabeth Smith, a Furman professor of political and international affairs, will lead the participants through Washington, D.C. and engage the group in evening discussions and seminars on relevant readings and political topics. The combination of intensive learning, networking and exposure to decision makers is designed to increase the knowledge and expand useful contacts of teachers which both support improved teaching skills.  

The 2017 Teachers of Government participants:

Melissa Lee Brown, Berkeley High School, Moncks Corner, SC
Anthony Bufis, Mauldin High School, Mauldin, SC
Sabrina Cheek, Fairfield Central High School, Winnsboro, SC
Jonathan Clayton, Oakbrook Preparatory School, Spartanburg, SC
Anne Moore, Mead Hall Episcopal School, Aiken, SC
Stephanie Peagler, Berkeley High School, Moncks Corner, SC
Crystal Whitaker, Fairfield Central High School, Winnsboro, SC
Jennifer Wike, Wade Hampton High School, Greenville, SC

To read more about this program, click here.