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January 9, 2018The 2018 David H. Wilkins Legislative Award Dinner, Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. To register for this event, click here.   

February 9, 2018: Law & Society Series

March 28, 2018: Jeffrey Ball, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

June 17 - 22, 2018: Emerging Public Leaders 2018-19. To apply, click here.

July 14 - 20, 2018: Teachers of Government program. Click here for the application.


August 24, 31 and September 7Summer Series 2017

September 18Henry Louis Gates, Jr., video of the event is available.

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

October 24: Seventh Annual Dick & Tunky Riley What WorksSC Award for Excellence

November 8 - 9National Conference on Climate Change

November 5 - 11APEC Conference, Da Nang, Vietnam. The students will be posting to a blog throughout their travel. To view their blog, click here.


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





The Thirteenth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 9, 2018

Eventbrite - Thirteenth Annual Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner

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. Each year we honor the leadership, courage, vision, and integrity of one South Carolina legislator and one South Carolina civic leader.

The winners of the 2017 Awards for Excellence in Legislative Leadership and Excellence in Civic Leadership will be honored at the dinner on January 9, 2018.

If you are interested in purchasing a table or sponsoring the event, please call 864-235-8330.

For more information about this event, click here.

National Conference

Climate Change is Real: Now What?

from both nights is now available.

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute, Shi Center for Sustainability, and Institute for the Advancement of Community Health with support from the A.J. Head fund. 

This national conference is part of Furman’s yearlong exploration of climate change. To view the calendar for Furman’s yearlong exploration on climate change, click here.

The scientific consensus is overwhelming that human-caused climate change is real.

Now we ask: What does that mean for people’s health and livelihoods, for cities and homes, for ecological systems and even for our nation’s security? And, what can we do?