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VISTA Research Assistant Position at the Riley Institute. This person will assist the research staff in the Riley Institute's Center for Education Policy and Leadership with projects and evaluations related to education, as part of a larger VISTA program. To view the position description, click here.

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

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

November 8 - 9: National Conference on Climate Change

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


June 18 - 23Emerging Public Leaders 2017-18 program 

August 24, 31 and September 7Summer Series 2017

September 18Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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

Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center
5:30 – 7 p.m., September 18, 2017

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute and Department of Politics and International Affairs with support from South Carolina ETV

On Monday, September 18, a thirty-minute highlight reel of Dr. Henry Louis Gates’ documentary, Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise,” was viewed and 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.

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Straight Talk
Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era

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?

For three Thursday evenings in August and September, the Riley Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute examined the rise of fake news and propaganda with the annual StraightTalk series.  

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