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February 7, 2020: Law & Society Registration is now open. Click here to register.  

February 26, 2020: Angela Maria Kelley, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

March 31, 2020: Engaging China in a New Era

April 21-22, 2020: South Carolina Supreme Court

April 28, 2020: Sixteenth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards, Peace Center
Nominations are now open. Click here to access the nomination forms
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May 8, 2020: Graduating Scholars Luncheon

July 17-24, 2020: Teachers of Government. To apply, click here. Application deadline is March 20, 2020.

September 1, 8 and 15: StraightTalk



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January 14, 2020: Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner

November 12Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award

October 19, 10 amAdvance Team alumni breakfast

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

October 3Riley Institute's 20th Anniversary Celebration

September 18, 4 pmConstitution Day

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.

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





Law & Society Series

Legal, Ethical, and Policy Implications of a Changing Climate

Charleston Music Hall
Friday, February 7, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Our changing climate increasingly creates significant legal, ethical, and legislative challenges. Water quality, sea level rise, and the environmental impacts of proposed offshore drilling are critical issues facing South Carolinians and present challenges to those who make and enact laws. To counter the Trump administration’s plans to lease South Carolina’s offshore waters for oil drilling and testing, the South Carolina legislature’s current budget prohibits cities, counties and the state from issuing permits for infrastructure onshore to support the offshore work. The increasing scarcity of clean water and the impacts of sea level rise create the needs for legal responses in order to mitigate loss, protect our resources, and compensate victims.

Angela Maria Kelley

Public Address: “Immigration Policy and Politics in 2020: Separating Fact from Fiction
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center, Furman University
7 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The issue of both legal and illegal immigration promises to remain a major focus of the 2020 presidential election. In recent years, Congress and Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump have been unable to enact meaningful legislation to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants to the country or develop a plan for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. However, the Trump administration has taken controversial steps to reduce the numbers of legal immigrants, undocumented immigrants, and asylum seekers coming to America. In addition, this past November, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding whether the Trump administration can shut down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows certain young undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. and work legally, but does not provide them a path to citizenship. 

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