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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.

June 7, 14 and 21: Summer Series with OLLI; To register for individual sessions or for all three, click here

June 19-24: Emerging Public Leaders 2016-17

July 13-16: South Carolina United

October 14: Dick and Tunky Riley WWSC Awards

September 28: U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac, Ambassador to Uganda

November 13-19: APEC 2016 in Lima, Peru


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

September 17Constitution Day, "When Traffic Stops Lead to Death: Have Americans Lost Their 4th Amendment Rights?" 

September 28Chuck Rosenberg, "Battling Isis and al Qaeda Abroad and Heroin Addiction at Home" 

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

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

November 5The 2016 Presidential Race: The Role of the Media; Jessica Taylor, NPR Political Reporter

November 12-19APEC Conference in Manila, Philippines; follow the students' blog

January 12: Wilkins Awards Dinner

February 5Law & Society, Law of Energy. 

February 8-12: Peter Hart, Woodrow Wilson Visiting fellow speaks about "The Mood of America 2016: The Presidential Race."  

March 3–March 5, 2016: OneSouthCarolina® 2016: Building South Carolina’s Opportunity Infrastructure

April 9: Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) 2015-16 return to the Furman campus to present their community projects.  

May 17: The Twelfth Annual Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner, TD Convention Center, Greenville, SC

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
Education for Life: Working together to fulfill the promise of education

Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. each week
Younts Conference Center, Shaw Hall, Furman University

To register for individual sessions or for all three, click here; for more information, contact OLLI at 864-294-2998.

Politicians, philanthropists, and activists clamor for education reform. Vast differences of opinion lead to disputes and finger-pointing. Yet, most agree the goal is the same: we want children to grow into adults who have the skills to be successful in their work and be responsible, engaged citizens .

As we think about education reform, what is essential for successful outcomes?

Education for Life: Working together to fulfill the promise of education will examine what matters most in early childhood development and what interventions and supports are in place here in South Carolina. We will examine the ways in which educational institutions, parents, students, non-profits, and members of the community work together to build up our schools and prepare young people to be successful adults who are contributing members of society. It will illustrate the challenges for South Carolina as we look at the future of our increasingly diverse society.

Join us from 6:30 – 8:30 Tuesday evenings, June 7,14, and 21 as we look at how we can improve outcomes for our youngest learners, how and why community strategies are critical for successful school reform, and how we should be thinking about higher education in a South Carolina that is changing demographically, culturally, and economically.

June 7: Parent and Communities Fostering Lifelong Learners

June 14: No Blank Slates: Family, Communities, and Success and Failure in K-12

June 21: Reframing Higher Education for a Changing Society 

For more information on the program, click here.