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Duke Energy Awards Riley Institute $100,000 Grant

To read the press release in its entirety, click here; for an article that appeared in the Greenville Journal, click here; Furman press release.

September 17: Constitution Day

October 4-9: White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

October 14: Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence luncheon

January 12: Wilkins Leadership Awards Dinner


July 21, 28 and August 4 and 11:  Summer Series with OLLI. You may view videos and photos from the events by clicking on the Summer Series link.

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


Straight Talk SC
Crime and Punishment: Thinking Outside the Cell

It is clear that something is broken in today’s criminal justice system. The massive growth in American prisons over the last four decades has burdened tax payers, overcrowded the prisons, and devastated vulnerable communities. Strong economic arguments as well as compelling compassionate reasons exist for why we can no longer maintain the status quo.

This year’s summer series examined the data around crime, incarceration and the impact of our existing system of justice on communities, discussed our state’s law enforcement and prison system practices in light of historical and contemporary contexts, and highlighted innovative programs that are being implemented in South Carolina.

Tuesdays: July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each week
Younts Conference Center, Shaw Hall, Furman University

All sessions were moderated by Mark Quinn, director of member and public relations, The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, and former host of SCETV’s Big Picture.

For more information about the program, view videos and photos from Week One, Two and Three, and read about the speakers, click here

Riley Institute at Furman, Duke Energy to help advance diversity leadership in SC following Charleston shootings

Duke Energy Awards Riley Institute $100,000 Grant

In the days immediately following the tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., many individuals and organizations asked the question: “What can we do to help?”

More than 4,000 Duke Energy employees and thousands of retirees in South Carolina asked the same of themselves, and their company.

In response, Duke’s leaders engaged in deliberate, meaningful conversations with stakeholders across the state to identify where the company could make the biggest difference and most positive impact. These discussions returned to the same theme: the best way Duke Energy can help is to promote diversity and civic participation in South Carolina. Furman’s Riley Institute is unique in that mission and the perfect partner for Duke Energy in these efforts.

With the help of $100,000 from Duke Energy and a matching grant program for Duke employees, the Riley Institute will build on two of its long-term successful leadership programs -- one aimed toward community leaders, Diversity Leaders Initiative, and one toward youth, Emerging Public Leaders. 

To read the press release in its entirety, click here; for an article that appeared in the Greenville Journal, click here; Furman press release.