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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.

October 8 - 13: White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

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

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

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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.