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May 5: Upstate Leaders Diversity Awards Dinner

June 21-27: Emerging Public Leaders Program 2015. Please click here to apply; deadline for application is Friday, May 8, 2015.

July 18-24: Teachers of Government Program 2015

July 21, 28 and August 4 and 11: Summer Series with OLLI


July - August: Straight Talk SC: Can't Win for Losing

September 4: Andrew Michta, Ph.D., "U.S., Russia and Crisis in Ukraine: How Bad Can This Get?"

September 17Constitution Day, Watkins Room in the Trone Student Center, 4 p.m.

September 22-23China's Environmental Crisis: Is There a Way Out

October 2Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award

October 5-10WRP Class of 2014-15

October 21:  Gubernatorial Debate at Furman, McAlister Auditorium

October 30StraightTalk SC FOLLOW UP SESSION! Spent: Looking for Change

January 13, 2015: Wilkins Legislative and Civic Awards Dinner

January 29-30, 2015: Law & Society Series; for more information, click here

February 9-10, 2015: Women in Public Media

March 25: Robert Musil, Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence, "Hope for a Heated Planet: What Would Rachel Carson Do?" 

March 27-28EPL Presentations2014-15 Class


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


11th Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner
TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

6 p.m.  Reception
7 p.m.  Awards Program and Dinner

To register for the awards dinner, please click here.

This year's speaker is Bill Barnet, CEO of Barnet Development Corporation and former mayor of Spartanburg.

At this year’s event, we will celebrate the legacy of Calder Ehrmann for his unwavering commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the Upstate. As one of the event’s founders and namesake of the Calder D. Ehrmann Outstanding Individual award, we are deeply grateful for Calder’s service and are honored to celebrate his life.

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 will be 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.

Investing in Innovation (i3): New Tech 

Cougar New Tech was recently featured on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate:  Let’s Make It Happen program. To watch the video that details one of South Carolina’s New Tech schools, part of the federal Investing in Innovation (i3) grant project undertaken by KnowledgeWorks and the Riley Institute, click here.