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Women and Politics Series

2015: Women in Public Media

Politics and Media

Women in Public Media

February 9 – 10, 2015
Trone Student Center, Furman University

To listen to Highlights from "Women in Public Media," click here.

2013: Robin Sanders

Fellow in Residence

Ambassador (Dr.) Robin R. Sanders
Former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, ECOWAS, and the Republic of Congo
April 2 - 5, 2013

Public Address: "Africa 2013: The Way Ahead"
Younts Conference Center at Furman University.
April 2, 2013 

2011: Deborah Horan

Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence

Deborah Horan, former reporter with the Chicago Tribune and the Houston Chronicle
September 25-30, 2011

Public Address: “Is Al Jazeera Now the Most Trusted Name in World News?”
September 28, 2011

When newspapers had budgets for international reporting and in-depth coverage of newsworthy events, Deborah Horan spent many years in the Mideast covering the Iraq war and other events in the Arab world, reporting from Iraq, Cairo, and Beirut. She later investigated the effect of satellite media on the Arab world.

Women and Politics

Women and Politics Series

The presidential race of 2008 included the first ever female presidential nominee for either party, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the first female vice-presidential nominee for the Republican party, Sarah Palin. Clearly, women are finding a voice and a place in the political system, which our Women and Politics series celebrates. On the other hand, in South Carolina, there are no women in the state Senate and less than 10% of the combined state legislative officers are women, the lowest female representation rate in the country. The need for more female leadership in politics, in South Carolina and beyond, is a critical issue around which the Women and Politics series creates a forum for discussion.

2010: Christine Todd Whitman

Woodrow Wilson Fellows in Residence

Christine Todd Whitman 
former Governor of New Jersey and EPA Head
March 1 – 3, 2010

Public Address: “Environmental Policy: Where We are and Where We’re Going”
Younts Conference Center at Furman
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Under Governor Whitman’s leadership, the New Jersey shore was transformed from one littered with hypodermic needles back to the beautiful natural resource it had always been. This was the first of many successes she has had as she has worked tirelessly to ensure clean air, water, and energy during a period of vigorous economic growth. As a Woodrow Wilson Fellow-in-Residence, Governor Whitman shared her experiences as governor, EPA Head, and other leadership roles she has assumed since leaving office.

2009: Madeleine Kunin

Fellows in Residence

Madeleine Kunin
former Ambassador to Switzerland and Governor of Vermont
September 20 - 22, 2009

Public Address: “Pearls, Politics, and Power: How Women can Win and Lead”
Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center, Furman University
September 21, 2009

Passionate about education, the environment, and the need for more women to hold elected office, Governor Kunin inspired students, faculty, and community members during her time at Furman. Particularly in South Carolina, where female elected officials are rare, Governor Kunin’s message that more women are needed in politics was an important and timely one.

2009: Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Women and Politics Series

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
President of Liberia
"A Conversation with Furman President David Shi"

April 13, 2009
McAlister Auditorium
Furman University

Her Excellency Ellen John Sirleaf is named one of the three women's rights activists
to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Read more

The Riley Institute at Furman welcomed Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, known as Africa’s “Iron Lady,” to Furman University on Monday, April 13, 2009. Her talk, a conversation with Furman President David E. Shi, was held in McAlister Auditorium. Over 1,000 students, Furman faculty and staff, and community members attended this remarkable event. To view the program, click here.

2008: Eibhlin Byrne

Fellows in Residence

The Right Honorable Eibhlin Byrne
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland

Public Address: "Moving the Celtic Tiger: Civic Leadership in 21st Century Dublin"
Shaw Hall, Younts Conference Center at Furman University
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Byrne was elected the 339th Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland, in June 2008. A member of the Fianna Fáil Republican party, she is the sixth woman to hold this title. As Lord Mayor, she sees her position as “about more than just politics.” Her goal is to unify the various interests in Dublin: the city’s objectives of being a knowledge city and an innovative and creative city, the city’s desire to promote enterprise that can compete in the global economy, and the citizens’ need for their voices to be heard, particularly those who are homeless, abused, or neglected.

2007: Marjorie Margolies

Fellows in Residence

Marjorie Margolies
Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence
Chair of the Women’s Campaign International

Public Address: "How Do Women Make A Difference in Politics?"
Younts Conference Center, Furman University
Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Marjorie Margolies chairs Women’s Campaign International, a group that provides grassroots political training to women around the world. The recipient of numerous awards for her broadcast journalism, including five Emmys, Margolies was a correspondent to The Today Show, Sunday Today, A Closer Look, CNBC, and Real Life with Jane Pauley. She also served as a journalist with NBC’s stations in New York and Washington, D.C. for 20 years.

2006: Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling

(l-r) Liz Smith, Professor of Political Science at Furman and Barbara Palmer

Women and Politics Series

Barbara Palmer
Assistant Professor at American University's Department of Government

Public Address: "Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling: Women and Congressional Elections"
Burgiss Theater in the University Center
Monday, October 23, 2006

The Riley Institute at Furman, in partnership with the Department of Political Science, hosted Dr. Barbara Palmer, Assistant Professor at American University's Department of Government, as part of the Riley Institute's Women and Politics series. Palmer delivered an address on "Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling: Women and Congressional Elections" Monday, October 23, 2006 in Burgiss Theater in the University Center. Over 200 student and community members attended the event.