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February 10, 2017: Law & Society

March 30, 2017: Henry "Skip" Gates

April 10 - 12, 2017: Furman alumni conference — National Security: Protecting our Freedom or Limiting It?

April 22, 2017: EPL 2016-17 Presentations

June 18 - 23, 2017Emerging Public Leaders 2017-18 program. To apply, click here.

July 15 - 21, 2017: Teachers of Government program, Washington, D.C. To apply, click here.


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

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




The Twelfth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
January 10, 2017

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 2016 Awards for Excellence in Legislative Leadership and Excellence in Civic Leadership were honored at the dinner on January 10, 2017. 

The Honorable Rita Allison (R-District 36) will be awarded the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership, and Hayne Hipp, former CEO of The Liberty Corporation and founder of the Liberty Fellows, will receive the David H. Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership.

Hayne Hipp’s civic and community leadership is far-reaching, but no greater impact has been made in the community than through his vision and creation of the Liberty Fellowship, an incubator for exemplary leadership in South Carolina.


Emerging Public Leaders 2016-17

Jessica Cole, Chapin High School, Chapin, SC

As part of the Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) program at the Riley Institute at Furman University, Jessica Cole has created a program, Booked For Success. This is a program that is focused on giving books to the children at local elementary school, in Newberry county. This, in turn, will increase the advocation for literacy as well as encourage children to read both at school and at home.

The book collection began on December 1st and will continue through the 13th. The Booked For Success Celebration Event will be held on December 15th. A team of high school students along with Jessica will visit the elementary school and distribute the books that were raised. As the word about this program spreads, Jessica predicts that more people will become involved. She hopes that this program will encourage the children to read beyond the classroom and have a lasting impact on the children attending this elementary school.

Date of Event: Thursday, December 15th at 12:30 pm
Location: Gallman Elementary School, 255 Hawkins Rd, Newberry, SC 29108