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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. 

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.



Straight Talk
Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era

Thursdays: August 24, 31 and September 7
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each week
Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center, Furman University

Registration is required. To register, click here.

Cost for the entire series (3 events): $35
Cost for the entire series (3 events) OLLI members: $25
Cost for a single event: $15
Free for Furman students, staff, and faculty; register by calling 864-294-2998

Questions: Call 864-294-2998

Moderated by Dr. Danielle Vinson(bio) media and politics specialist and professor of political science at Furman University

You may have heard that medical marijuana cured Jimmy Carter’s cancer. And that the CEO of Chobani brought crime, tuberculosis, and migrant rapists to Idaho. Did you also hear that Donald Trump once said that Republicans were America’s dumbest group of voters?

In the digital era, spreading made-up news and propaganda is easy—and often profitable. Why is it that false stories are shared so frequently and believed by so many of us? What does this say about the future of real journalism, fact-based news and how the public understands the country's politics and policies? 

Join us for three Thursday evenings in August and September as we examine the rise of fake news and propaganda and why we are so easily duped, how these false stories impact politics and real news, and what we can do to fight back against the constant barrage of misinformation. 

For more information about the program, click here.