StraightTalk

The Riley Institute and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI@Furman), and, more recently, South Carolina ETV, have partnered to bring to Furman and the broader community the annual StraightTalk series. This three-part weekly series includes high-profile speakers, academicians, and practitioners who have on-the-ground experience with these timely issues that are relevant to all Americans.

Among our previous featured speakers are national political reporter Robert Costa; NBC’s Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd; former white nationalist leader turned anti-racist Derek Black; U.S. Congressman James Clyburn; former Costco CEO and co-founder Jim Sinegal; U.S. District Judge Brucie Howe Hendricks; Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson.

Straight Talk 2021: Structural Racism
Structural Racism: It’s Real, It Matters, and Why Change Can...
Straight Talk 2020: Voting in America
Tuesdays, September 1, 8, 15, 2020 Presented in partnership with...
Straight Talk 2019: Nationalist Fervor on the Rise in the U.S. and Europe
Thursdays: August 29 and September 5 and September 12, 2019...
Straight Talk 2018: Who Gets to be American?
Thursdays: August 30 and September 6 and October 1, 2018...
Straight Talk 2017: Media and Politics in a Post-Truth Era
Thursdays: August 24, 31 and September 7, 2017 Presented in...
Straight Talk 2016: Education for Life: Working together to fulfill the promise of education
Tuesdays: June 7, 14, 21, 2016 Presented in partnership with Osher...
Straight Talk 2015: Crime and Punishment
Tuesdays: July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11, 2015...
Spent: Looking for Change 2014
StraightTalk SC FOLLOW UP SESSION!   CLP Spent: Looking for Change...
Straight Talk 2014: Can’t Win for Losing
Tuesdays: July 22, July 29, August 5 and August 12,...
Straight Talk 2013: Healthcare Reform in SC
Wednesdays, July 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 2013 Presented...