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February 27: Anthony Ray Hinton

March 26: Alumni-in-Residence Program - Crisis and Response: Stories of Leadership

May 28: Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, Hyatt, Greenville, SC. To register for this event, click here.

June 16-20: Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) 2019-20. Application process is open; deadline is Friday, April 5, 2019. 

July 12-19: Teachers of Government (TOG) 2019 - Greenville, SC and Washington, DC. Application process is open; deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019.




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February 8: Law & Society: The Second Amendment: 228 Years Later

January 8, 2019Wilkins Awards Dinner

November 12-18APEC "Voices of the Future" program in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. To view the student blog, click here.

October 30Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award

October 7 - 12White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship conference

October 1, Session 3Summer Series with OLLI: Who Gets to be American? Immigration and the Fight for America’s Future.

September 18Constitution Day

July 14 - 20: Teachers of Government program

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






The Sun Does Shine:
How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

Anthony Ray Hinton  Exonerated after 30 years on death row
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
7 – 8:30 p.m.
McAlister Auditorium, Furman University

To guarantee your seat, please click on "Reserve a Seat." 

 How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row

For more information or if you need group seating for 20 or more, please call the Riley Institute at 864.294.3546.

A book signing by Mr. Hinton will follow. If you’d like to purchase copies of his book, you may do so by visiting the Furman University bookstore. Copies will also be available for purchase at the event.

Sponsored by: Furman University NAACP, Furman University Religious Council, Furman University Poverty Awareness Committee, Furman University Student Diversity Council, and St. Joseph’s Catholic School  

For more information about this event, click here.

Fifteenth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner

Hyatt, Greenville, SC
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

To register for this event, click here.

Nominations are now open for the fifteenth annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, which will be held on May 28th at the Hyatt in Greenville.

Hosted by the Greenville Chamber and the Riley Institute at Furman in partnership with Upstate Chambers, this annual event honors individuals, schools, and organizations who exhibit leadership in promoting diversity in the Upstate.

Awards are presented in the following six categories: Individual, High School Student, College Student, Business, Nonprofit, International, and K-12 school (separate application form). To view a list of past winners, please click here.

Criteria for nominations include:

  • Nominees (individuals, organizations, and businesses) should be role models in the Upstate for promoting an inclusive work or community environment and/or for championing diversity as an important individual or organizational mission.
  • Nominees must be a current resident, organization, or business in the Upstate.
  • The Riley Institute, the Greenville Chamber, the Spartanburg Chamber, and the Anderson Chamber and their staff are not eligible for nomination.

Nomination forms

  • To read more and fill out a nomination form in Word, click here; in PDF format, click here.
  • To nominate a K-12 school, please click here (Word) or, click here (PDF format) for more information.

Nominations will close at noon Monday, March 18, 2019.

Submit the completed form by mail to:

Megan Dodgens Director, Diversity Leadership Strategies
The Riley Institute at Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, S.C. 29613-1207

Or scan and send via email to