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Advance Team 2016-17

The 2016-17 Riley Institute Advance Team Members!

Meet the 2016-17 Riley Institute Advance Team! We, at the Riley Institute, welcome new and returning members, and look forward to working with each of you during the upcoming Riley events!

This year's Advance Team leader is Julia Reynolds ('17) from Concord, MA (Political Science, Philosophy).

To kick-off the fall semester, the Advance Team hosted the Riley Institute's first guest speaker, U.S. Ambassador Deborah Malac — U.S. Ambassador to Liberia 2012-2015 and U.S. Ambassador to Uganda 2015-present. She spoke on September 28th and delivered an address titled, "If you go in, you won't come out": Leading America's Fight Against Ebola in Liberia." The Ambassador also met with members of the Advance Team for a lunch providing one-on-one time with our guest. 

Nick Galasso, who leads Oxfam's work on economic inequality and governance was the Riley Institute’s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow from October 24-28. He addressed the issue, "The Wealth Gap: Why It Matters and How We Can Fix It" on October 25th. Many Advance Team members had the opportunity to meet and talk with Dr. Galasso over lunch.

On January 10, 2017, the Advance Team traveled to Columbia, SC to attend the Twelfth Annual Wilkins Awards Dinner held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Students are afforded the opportunity to mingle with South Carolina Legislators and community members. This year's award winners were Representative Rita Allison, who received the 2016 Wilkins Award for Excellence in Legislative Leadership and Hayne Hipp, who was awarded the 2016 Wilkins Award for Excellence in Civic Leadership.

The event season was brought to a close with the National Conference titled "Safe and Free? Civil Liberties and the Fight for National Security." It was a two-day symposium featuring ten prominent Furman alumni on April 10 and 11, 2017 in McAlister Auditorium. A large crowd was in attendance and the Advance Team did a stupendous job of handling every situation that came their way!