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November 11-17APEC Voices of the Future Program 2019, Santiago, Chile. Theme: “Connecting People, Building the Future” 

November 12Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award. For information on registration, click here

January 14, 2020: Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner

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.



October 19, 10 amAdvance Team alumni breakfast. To register for this event, click here.

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.

June 24-28Advantage Scholars

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




Ninth Annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSCTM Award for Excellence

A celebration of what works in education
with special guest Arne Duncan, former U.S. Secretary of Education

presented by The Riley Institute and Aflac

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
12:30 - 2 p.m.
A dessert reception will follow the program

For information on registration, click here

On November 12, 2019, Furman University’s Riley Institute will host the ninth annual WhatWorksSC Award Celebration. 

Special guest and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (bio) and former U.S. Secretary of Education Dick Riley (bio) will have an on-stage conversation about current issues in public education.

Secretary Riley and presenting sponsor Aflac will name the winner and honor the finalists at the celebration. The award is named for Secretary Riley and his late wife, Ann “Tunky” Riley, a dedicated teacher and passionate advocate for quality public education.

This year’s finalists are:

Carolina Teacher Induction Program, a University of South Carolina program, is designed to be a bridge support program for new teachers as they transition from university student to leading and teaching in a classroom of their own. Learn more.

Pickens County Career and Technology Center is a center where faculty work diligently to help students develop the skills for success in college and the workplace by encouraging students to explore their talents and interests, and then identify career opportunities that match those skills and interests. Learn more.

Wings for Kids is a comprehensive, high-quality afterschool initiative designed to equip at-risk K-5th grade kids with the skills they need to succeed in school, stay in school, and thrive in life. Learn more.

For more information, click here.