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2014: Gubernatorial Debate

Gubernatorial Debate at Furman

McAlister Auditorium
October 21, 2014


The debate, which was broadcast live statewide, focused on education and health care. All five gubernatorial hopefuls participated: Republican incumbent Gov. Nikki Haley, Democrat Vincent Sheheen, Independent Tom Ervin, Libertarian Steve French and United Citizens Party candidate Morgan Bruce Reeves.

2014: President Bill Clinton

The Riley Institute at Furman 
An Evening with President Bill Clinton

7:00 p.m.   April 8, 2014
Peace Center for the Performing Arts

To read about this event, click here.  Furman Edge

American Politics and Policy

American Politics and Policy

Bringing people together around policy issues is a core value of the The Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership. Of concern to all Americans are topics such as education, the environment, national security, social security, health, and money and politics.

Anton Gunn

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Anton Gunn
Regional Director of the Office of Intergovernmental External Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

2011: Diane Ravitch

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Diane Ravitch
Research Professor of Education at New York University

2010: Civility in Public Discourse

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Civility in Public Discourse
October 21, 2010 

Why is it that the focus of today’s public discourse seems to be on “winning” rather than considering differing viewpoints? Social media, such as Twitter and blogging, as well as talk radio and cable television, exacerbate the problem. Is this something that should concern us? What can we do as a Furman community to improve the quality of public discourse?

2010: John Mulholland

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Lieutenant General John Mulholland, Jr.
U.S. Army Special Operations Commander
October 4, 2010

Commanding troops is a familiar role for Commanding General John Mulholland, U.S. Army Special Operations Forces. But on Monday, October 4, 2010, he came to his alma mater and assumed what for him was an unusual role of teacher and public speaker. Throughout the day, this three star general interacted with students in class and around campus, sharing insights about Afghanistan and giving thorough, candid responses to the numerous questions posed by Furman students. For General Mulholland's biography, click here

2010: Kevin Quigley

Woodrow Wilson Fellows in Residence

Kevin Quigley, President/CEO of the
National Peace Corps Association
September 19 - 22, 2010

“How can I join the Peace Corps?” was a question often heard by Kevin Quigley, President and CEO of the National Peace Corps Association, during his visit to Furman as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. Ever since he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, Quigley has worked throughout his life to effect meaningful change in civil societies around the world.  For a complete biography, click here.

2010: John K. Glenn

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Dr. John K. Glenn
Director of foreign policy at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) 

Ranked #1 in the United States in direct foreign investment, South Carolina is keenly affected by the future direction of U.S. global engagement.