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Nominations are being accepted for the 2017-2018 WRP ClassClick here for the form. Nominations are due by May 15th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

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

April 22, 2017: EPL 2016-17 Presentations

June 18 - 23, 2017Emerging Public Leaders 2017-18 program. To apply, click here.

July 15 - 21, 2017: Teachers of Government program, Washington, D.C. To apply, click here.


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

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.




Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

SEPTEMBER 18th-19th, 2017

Black America Since MLK:
A Conversation with Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center
5:30 – 6:45 p.m., March 30, 2017

Join us Thursday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. to view a thirty-minute highlight reel of Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ documentary, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” followed by a conversation with Dr. Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University and an Emmy award-winning filmmaker, journalist, and cultural critic.

For more information about Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., click here; for a 90 second preview interview with Dr. Gates, click here.

Safe and Free? Civil Liberties and the Fight for National Security
A two-day symposium featuring ten prominent Furman alumni

7:00 p.m. April 10 & 11, 2017
McAlister Auditorium
Furman University

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs with support from J. Kelly Sisk Fund and Mayville Fund.

Ten Furman alumni spanning five decades of the Furman experience share their expertise during this two-day symposium. These distinguished alumni will share their knowledge and experiences not only during the evening events, which are free and open to the public, but also throughout their days on campus--in classes, over meals with students and faculty, and in other small group settings.

On April 10, “Safe and Free? Civil Liberties and the Fight for National Security” will examine the current national security environment and how we address the challenges we face in an increasingly complex world. How do military strategists, intelligence agencies, diplomats, scientists and technology specialists respond to threats nimbly while working within the existing constructs and the rule of law?

On April 11, speakers will weigh the value of government surveillance against the importance of Americans’ civil liberties. Edward Snowden’s leaks that shone a spotlight on questionable government surveillance practices are viewed as criminal by some and patriotic by others. Who gets to decide what is revealed and when? We want the government to be able to provide for our safety, but how willing are we to sacrifice personal freedoms for a greater sense of security? 

Join us April 10th and 11th for two nights of powerful and insightful presentations and discussions on these critical issues. Both sessions will be moderated by tenth Furman president and historian David Shi, Furman class of 1973

For more information about the speakers and agenda, click here.