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July 14 - 20: Teachers of Government program

August 30, September 6, 13: Summer Series with OLLI: Who Gets to be American? Immigration and the Fight for America’s Future.

October 7 - 13White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship conference

October 30Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award

January 8, 2018: Wilkins Awards Dinner




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June 17 - 22Emerging Public Leaders 2018-19

June 17 - 21Advantage Scholars Program for incoming Duke, Hollingsworth, Lay and Townes scholars

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






Who Gets to be American?
Immigration and the Fight for America’s Future

Thursdays: August 30 and September 6 and 13, 2018

Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

For questions, please call 864.294.2998. Registration will open August 1.

Immigration has become a wedge issue in the United States, stirring fear, anxiety, and anger among Americans on both sides of the issue. Building a wall to prevent illegal immigration and restricting legal immigration are central to President Trump’s agenda. Anti-immigrant sentiment helped move him into the White House.

Even so, polls show that most Americans favor legislation that supports a pathway to citizenship for the Dreamers and other undocumented immigrants. Although some Americans fear the negative impact of both legal and illegal immigration, others envision an America that is a haven for refugees and welcomes immigrants from all nations. 

Our three-part series will examine current and recent immigration enforcement policies and their impact, the effect of legal immigration on jobs and our economy, and what the changing demographics of the United States mean for our culture and political system.

For more information, click here.


Teachers of Government 2018
July 14 - 20, 2018

Eight high school and middle school teachers of government from South Carolina arrived on Furman's campus on July 14th to participate in the Sixteenth Annual Summer Institute for Teachers of Government sponsored by the Riley Institute at Furman. Participants will spend a week in Washington D.C. where they will meet with government officials, politicians, non-governmental activists and members of education policy-making agencies. 

The 2018 Teachers of Government participants:

Eric Burrow, Wade Hampton High School, Greenville, SC 
Jody Foreman, Ridgeland Hardeeville High School, Ridgeland, SC 
Jenna Griner, Brashier Middle College Charter High School, Simpsonville, SC
Chelsea Kizer, Saluda High School, Saluda, SC
Alison Little, Spartanburg High School, Spartanburg, SC
Wade Lucas, Cyril B. Busbee Creative Arts Academy, Cayce, SC
Jamie Luff, Riverside Middle School, Greenville, SC 29650
Kyle Miller, Darlington High School, Darlington, SC