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Applications for the 2015-16 Advance Team are now available!  Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 27th, 2015. Please e-mail or deliver your application to: Logan Lundberg, Advance Team Leader. Application (word doc); application (pdf file)

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Riley Institute Moves South Carolina Forward: Greenville Business Magazine

Richard W. Riley: A Penny for His ThoughtsGreenville Business Magazine

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

March 27-28: EPL Presentations2014-15 Class

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 1, 2015.

July 18-24: Teachers of Government Program 2015. To apply, click here; deadline for application is Friday, March 27, 2015.


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


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


Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence

Robert Musil, Ph.D.
President and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council
March 22 - 27, 2015

"Hope for a Heated Planet: What Would Rachel Carson Do?" 
Watkins Room I Trone Student Center
March 25 at 7 p.m.

Robert Musil, Ph.D., will be on the campus of Furman University from March 22 – 27, 2015. Dr. Musil will spend his time interacting with students discussing how they can be civically engaged, take on leadership roles, and make a difference.

Dr. Musil is president and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, the legacy organization envisioned by Rachel Carson and founded in 1965 by her closest friends and colleagues. He is also senior fellow and adjunct professor at the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, School of Public Affairs, American University.

His public address, “Hope for a Heated Planet: What Would Rachel Carson Do?” will be held Wednesday, March 25, at the Trone Student Center on Furman’s campus at 7:00 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

A reception and book signing will follow.

For full biographical information, please click here.

Dee Dee Corradini

The country has lost a strong advocate and leader for women in civic life with the passing of former Salt Lake City mayor, President of the National League of Mayors, and President of the International Women's Forum, Dee Dee Corradini.

As a Senior Distinguished Fellow in Urban Government and Women and Politics at the Riley Institute, Dee Dee was instrumental in the early development of the Riley Institute at Furman's Women and Politics program that has brought a number of prominent women leaders to Furman including former Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell, and journalist Lesley Stahl. She also was a leader in the Riley Institute's award winning Emerging Public Leaders program creating a strong presence and example for young women from high schools across South Carolina.

We will miss Dee Dee Corradini's great spirit, her model of energetic leadership, and her friendly and personable way of creating leadership opportunities for women for the Riley Institute and for women and others across the country and around the world.