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2010: Kevin Quigley

Woodrow Wilson Fellows in Residence

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

Public Address: “Global Citizenship: The Emerging World Community”
September 21, 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.

2010: Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Douglas Holtz-Eakin

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Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Former Chief Economist for the Council of Economic Advisors

Fifty community and business leaders from Greenville and Spartanburg gathered at The Lazy Goat on Thursday, March 4, 2010, to enjoy a meal, lecture, and discussion surrounding the impact that energy independence and alternative fuels technology can have on South Carolina and the United States. 

2010: Youth in Politics

(l-r) John Tynan and H. Boyd Brown

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Youth in Politics
H. Boyd Brown and John Tynan

On February 16, 2010, a panel discussion on “Youth in Politics” was presented by The Riley Institute Advance Team in Burgiss Theater on Furman's campus. The panel included H. Boyd Brown and John Tynan, and the discussion was moderated by Professor Dorianne Norwood of the Department of Political Science at Furman. The objective of this panel was to highlight some unique facets of South Carolina politics and to provide advice as to how individuals can become more politically involved.

2009: Hodding Carter

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W. Hodding Carter
Professor of Public Policy and Leadership, UNC-Chapel Hill
and former US Assistant Secretary of State

Public Address: "Democracy Challenged: How Big Money in Politics Influences Who Runs for Office, Who Wins, and What They Do Once Elected”
Shaw Hall, Melvin and Dollie Younts Conference Center
Wednesday, October 28th 

W. Hodding Carter III began his career as a reporter with his family’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville, Mississippi. He worked on two successful presidential campaigns, those of Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and Jimmy Carter in 1976. In 1977, President Carter appointed him Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and State Department spokesman. He was frequently in the public eye during the Iran hostage crisis.

2008: Panel Discussion on SC Education

(l-r) Lorraine DeJong, Molly Mitchell Spearman, Richard Riley, Jo Anne Anderson and Harvey Choplin

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What's Money Got To Do With It?

April 8, 2008

Realizing that public education is a fundamentally important issue to the state of South Carolina, and in the hope of building upon the discussion created by the newly released Riley Institute Hewlett study of public education, the Advance Team, a group of student volunteers who assist the Riley Institute staff with the planning and implementation of events, hosted a panel on poverty and public education in South Carolina.

2008: Mike McConnell

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Mike McConnell
U.S. Director of National Intelligence

Public Address: Global Intelligence and U.S. National Security
Watkins Room, University Center, Furman University
March 28, 2008

The United States Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, a Furman graduate, offered a public address on global intelligence and U.S. national security. He discussed the challenges of intelligence in a global world and addressed the greatest issues and threats facing our country. To view the transcript of McConnell's address, click here

2005: Newt Gingrich

(l-r) Newt Gingrich, Dr. John Pitney, Jr. and Dr. Danielle Vinson

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The Honorable Speaker Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

Public Address: “Revisiting the Republican Revolution: 10 Years of Republican Rule”
Younts Conference Center
October 12, 2008

The Honorable Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, who led the 1994 Republican victory that created the first GOP majority in Congress in 40 years, spoke on the Furman University campus Wednesday, October 12, 2005 in the Younts Conference Center. 

2004: SC Senate Republican Primary Debate

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GOP Senate Candidates Debated at Furman

The six Republicans vying to represent South Carolina in the U.S. Senate gathered on the Furman University campus Wednesday, April 7, 2004 for a debate that was televised live statewide. 

2004: Democratic Presidential Debate

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Furman co-hosted National Debate 

Furman University served as a co-host for the Democratic Presidential Debate in Greenville on January 29, 2004. Furman joined the South Carolina Democratic Party and the South Carolina Young Democrats as hosts for the debate that was held in the Peace Center for the Performing Arts. The 7 p.m. debate was televised nationally and moderated by "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw.