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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.

Receiving the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership is Rep. Weston Newton. He was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives in 2013 and is known for working across the aisle on legislation that improves the lives of South Carolinians. He is the chairman of the Legislative Oversight Committee and also serves on the Judiciary Committee.

Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr. will be honored with the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership. He served as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under President Obama. Born and raised in Columbia, Bolden was an astronaut and naval aviator. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2003, and his many military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2006.

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.