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National Conferences

National Conferences

National Conferences

From Terry Schiavo politics to environmental policy, the Riley Institute’s National Conferences focus on issues that matter to all Americans. These annual conferences provide a platform for significant exchanges of ideas among interested members of the community, the Furman students, and outstanding experts from around the country.

2017: Climate Change

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Climate Change is Real: Now What?

Presented by Furman University’s Riley Institute, Shi Center for Sustainability, and Institute for the Advancement of Community Health with support from the A.J.

2017: Safe and Free


National Conferences

Safe and Free? Civil Liberties and the Fight for National Security
A two-day symposium featuring ten prominent Furman alumni

7:00 p.m. April 10 & 11, 2017
McAlister Auditorium
Furman University

China’s Environmental Crisis: Is There A Way Out?

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International Symposium
China’s Environmental Crisis: Is There A Way Out?

September 22, 2014 at 7 p.m. 
September 23, 2014 at 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.

2014: Japan in the 21st Century

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International Symposium
Japan in the 21st Century

March 25 at 7 p.m. 
March 26 at 4 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Younts Conference Center

China's Global Rise Series 2009

(l-r) Don Gordon, Kate Kaup, Brantly Womack, David Finkelstein, Mayor Knox White,
Minister Xie Feng, guest, Ni Shixiong, Wang Dan, Philip Lin and David Shi

 China: Series on the World's Next Great Power

 "China's Global Rise:  International Relations in an Era of Change"

2008: Religion in Europe

(l-r) Peter O'Brien, Dr. Akan Malici, Eric Kaufmann and Dr. Brent Nelson

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Religion in Europe
October 29 - 30, 2008

The Riley Institute and the Department of Political Science sponsored a two day conference to discuss the current state of religion in Europe. Is religion dying in Europe? What is the impact of Islam on European Politics? The conference included two public addresses and a panel discussion by two well-renowned experts on these subjects.

2007: European Union

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An International Conference
"The European Union and the United States:
Partners for Peace or Global Competitors?"
April 2-3, 2007

“The European Union and the United States: Partners for Peace or Global Competitors?” featured addresses by Jean-David Levitte, French Ambassador to the U.S., and Alexander Stubb, a Furman alumnus and member of the European Parliament of Finland. Wlodzimirez Cimoszewicz, former Prime Minister of Poland, who was at Furman as the Riley Institute’s Head-of-Government in Residence, participated in one of the panel discussions.  For more information on the Prime Minister, click here.

2006: The Environment

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The Environment: Critical Issues of the 21st Century
September 25-27, 2006

Former United States Senator and astronaut, John Glenn, delivered the keynote address on Monday night, September 25, 2006 that launched the Riley Institute’s fourth national conference. This particularly timely conference featured a remarkable array of speakers and panelists from around the world and across South Carolina who explored the critical environmental issues framing life at the beginning of the 21st century.

China's Global Rise Series 2006

China: A Series on the World's Next Great Power

"China's Global Rise: Human Rights in China"

Part Three of a Five Part series
A Two Day Conference
April 10-11, 2006
Younts Conference Center at Furman

Despite China's political liberalization, human rights abuses clearly still occur all too frequently. The United States' State Department regularly criticizes China's human rights record and reports from dissidents fleeing the People's Liberation Army (PRC) paint a grim picture of continuing oppression, particularly in Tibet, against underground Church followers, and against those willing to speak out against the Communist Party. The Chinese Communist Party argues that the United States is imposing a double standard and that China is making important improvements in the human rights field. China’s Global Rise Part Three addressed the challenge of human rights in China.