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September 18, 4 pm: Constitution Day

October 3: Riley Institute's 20th Anniversary Celebration! Register here.

October 6-11: White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship 2019-20

October 19, 10 am: Advance Team alumni breakfast

November 11-17APEC Voices of the Future Program 2019, Santiago, Chile. Theme: “Connecting People, Building the Future” 

November 12Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award. For information on registration, click here




Catch up on DLI alums’ professional achievements and honors, and get community action project updates! Click on the image.



August 29, Sept 5 and 12StraightTalk: Nationalist Fervor on the Rise in the U.S. and Europe. 

July 12-19: Teachers of Government (TOG) 2019 - Greenville, SC and Washington, DC.

June 24-28Advantage Scholars

June 16-20Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) Welcome to the 2019-20 EPL Class

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






Nationalist Fervor on the Rise in the U.S. and Europe

Presented in partnership with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman

August 29 and September 5 and September 12, 2019

We are experiencing a nationalist fervor that is energizing to some but alarming to others. The rise in the U.S. and Europe of populist nationalism is considered by many to be the single-most important political development of the 21st century. The election of Donald Trump, who was sent to the White House on a wave of right-wing populism, England’s Brexit movement, and the rise of the far-right in many European elections point to a phenomenon that is unmistakably tied to white identity, immigration, and demographic change.

Over three weekly sessions, we looked at the rise in nationalist fervor from three distinct points of focus. On August 29, we examined nationalism’s connection to populism and authoritarianism and how this influences our politics and our democracy. On September 5, we considered how white group identity and changing demographics are having an impact on our politics and our public discourse. Finally, on September 12, we shifted our focus to white nationalism as we hear one man’s journey from heir apparent in the white nationalist movement to critic of the movement’s toxic ideology, false narrative and racist views.

If you were unable to attend, video of Session One and Two is now available, click here.

2019 is the Riley Institute's 20th Anniversary!
October 3, 2019

Join us October 3rd at 5:30 p.m. in Younts Conference Center for a celebration of Dick Riley (free admission), followed by a party on Cherrydale Lawn to celebrate our 20th anniversary including a BBQ and oyster roast with music from the legendary Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues ($60 per person). Click here to register.

On October 22, 1999, former S.C. Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley announced the launch of the Riley Institute at Furman University. The Institute’s goal was to “bring the world to Furman” for the benefit of Furman students and the community. It hoped to attract political figures and prominent journalists, to support students’ work in Washington and overseas, and to bring scholars in residence to Furman.

Now, in its 20th year, these goals have become realities, and the Institute has matured into a thriving enterprise that benefits Furman, its students, and community members across the state. The Institute is focusing on principled leadership in its year-long 20th anniversary celebration.

It’s time to remember!

Take a walk down memory lane on our scrollable timeline.

It’s time to share!

We will be telling stories of impact throughout the year. If you have a story to tell about your experience with Dick Riley or the Riley Institute, please share it with us.

It’s time to celebrate!

Join us October 3rd for a celebration of Dick Riley, including a BBQ and oyster roast with music from the legendary Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues. Click here to register.

For more information, click here.