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September 22: Constitution Day. Trump, Hillary, and the Constitution

September 28: U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac, Ambassador to Uganda

October 2 - 7White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

October 14: Dick and Tunky Riley WWSC Awards

October 24 - 28: Nick Galasso, Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence

November 13-19: APEC 2016 in Lima, Peru

November 15: Henry "Skip" Gates

January 10, 2017: Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner

February 10, 2017: Law & Society


July 13-16South Carolina United

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



Sixth Annual Dick & Tunky Riley What WorksSC Award for Excellence


Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, Columbia, SC
Friday, October 14, 2016
12:30 - 2 p.m.

REGISTER for the full day conference ($75 until October 2nd, then $95) or the lunch only ($25) at this link.

Honoring highly effective education initiatives in South Carolina

At the October 14 luncheon, Furman University’s Riley Institute and South Carolina Future Minds will present the annual Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence to one of three finalists in recognition of their outstanding education initiatives in South Carolina.

The 2016 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC award finalists are:

  • Engaging Creative Minds, which improves learning and inspires creativity and innovation by integrating arts into the curriculum through in-school activities, professional development for teachers, and summer programming.
  • Healing Species, which uses rescued dogs to provide classroom lessons in compassion and violence prevention to elementary, middle and high school students in high poverty, high risk schools and incarceration facilities.
  • PULSE, which offers a variety of standards-aligned activities and services such as mentoring, summer reading camp, the Comer Schools Development Program, and accelerated learning opportunities to students in the Darlington School District.

Linda O’Bryon, President and CEO of South Carolina ETV, will host a conversation on stage with Charleston County Schools Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait and Spartanburg District 7 Superintendent Russell Booker.

For more information, click here, For the full press release, click here

Summer Series 2016

The South Carolina Department of Education's Speaking of Schools on South Carolina Public Radio featured podcasts of highlights of all three sessions of the 2016 Riley Institute/OLLI @ Furman summer series: “Education for Life: Fulfilling the promise of Education." Click on the links for highlights from Session I, July 18; Session II, July 25; and Session III, August 1.  

For more information about the event, click here.