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Summer Series with OLLI

(l-r) Danielle Vinson, Chuck Todd, Katrice Hardy and Bob Inglis, 2017 Summer Series

Straight Talk SC

The Riley Institute at Furman and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI @ Furman) have partnered to bring to the Greenville community the annual Riley/OLLI Summer Series: Straight Talk SC. This weekly series includes high-profile speakers, academicians, and those who have on-the-ground experience with issues and topics of interest to Americans, and, in particular, South Carolinians.

Guest speakers have included U.S. Congressman James Clyburn; Costco co-founder and former CEO Jim Sinegal; U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles; U.S. Federal Judge Brucie Hendricks; Dr. Pamela Roshell, regional director of U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; Steve Morrison, plaintiffs’ attorney in Abbeville v. S.C.; and Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson.

Please click on the tabs to the left to read about and see video and photos from each year’s series:

  • 2011 The Legacy of the Civil War and the Long Road to Civil Rights
  • 2012: Two South Carolinas: A look at disparities in education, justice, and health
  • 2013 Healthcare reform in South Carolina
  • 2014 Can’t Win for Losing: The crisis of the working poor
  • 2015 Crime and Punishment: Thinking outside the cell
  • 2016 Education for Life: Working together to fulfill the promise of education