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Duke Energy Awards Riley Institute $100,000 Grant

To read the press release in its entirety, click here; for an article that appeared in the Greenville Journal, click here; Furman press release.

January 12: Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner. To register and pay online, click here.

February 5: Law & Society

February 8-12:  The Mood of America 2016: The Presidential Race; Peter Hart, Woodrow Wilson Visiting fellow 

March 3-5 (Thursday through Saturday): OneSouthCarolina® 2016, "Building South Carolina’s Opportunity Infrastructure," Marriott Resort and Spa on Hilton Head Island. To register and pay online, click here.


July 21, 28 and August 4 and 11:  Summer Series with OLLI. You may view videos and photos from the events by clicking on the Summer Series link.

September 17Constitution Day, "When Traffic Stops Lead to Death: Have Americans Lost Their 4th Amendment Rights?" CLP

September 28Chuck Rosenberg, "Battling Isis and al Qaeda Abroad and Heroin Addiction at Home" CLP

October 4-9: White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

October 14: Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence luncheon

November 5The 2016 Presidential Race: The Role of the Media; Jessica Taylor, NPR Political Reporter

November 12-19APEC Conference in Manila, Philippines; follow the students' blog

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



The Eleventh Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 12, 2016

Reception: 6 p.m.
Dinner and program: 7:15

To register and pay online, click here.

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 Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership honors a member of the South Carolina House or Senate who best exemplifies the highest principles of leadership, integrity, compassion, vision, and courage. Recipients have demonstrated the ability to collaborate with fellow legislators, regardless of party affiliation, to effect positive change in South Carolina.

The Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership will be presented to a community leader who has demonstrated a long-standing and exemplary commitment to working to improve the quality of life of South Carolinians. The recipient of this award is a civic leader whose selfless involvement in community is marked by vision, skill, and integrity, and whose efforts to improve the quality of life in the state has required a remarkable investment of personal time, energy, and responsibility.


Riley Institute at Furman, Duke Energy to help advance diversity leadership in SC following Charleston shootings

Duke Energy Awards Riley Institute $100,000 Grant

In the days immediately following the tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., many individuals and organizations asked the question: “What can we do to help?”

In response, Duke’s leaders engaged in deliberate, meaningful conversations with stakeholders across the state to identify where the company could make the biggest difference and most positive impact. These discussions returned to the same theme: the best way Duke Energy can help is to promote diversity and civic participation in South Carolina. Furman’s Riley Institute is unique in that mission and the perfect partner for Duke Energy in these efforts.

With the help of $100,000 from Duke Energy and a matching grant program for Duke employees, the Riley Institute will build on two of its long-term successful leadership programs -- one aimed toward community leaders, Diversity Leaders Initiative, and one toward youth, Emerging Public Leaders.