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The Riley Institute cultivates leadership among students, broadens and deepens their thinking around critical issues, and inspires them to make an impact at Furman and within the broader community. The Institute brings the world to Furman through its on-campus speaker events. It provides opportunities for students to meet in small groups with visiting dignitaries, peers, and faculty to discuss challenging public policy issues and approaches to leadership. Students can engage in internships and research opportunities.

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Advance Team

Get to know the select group of students interested in government, politics, and public policy who act as ambassadors for the Riley Institute.

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Advantage Scholars

Duke, Hollingsworth, Lay, and Townes scholars at Furman come together to build community and leadership skills.

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Speaker Events at Furman

Speaker events, series, and conferences encourage Furman students to dig deeper into issues and spark further conversations on campus and beyond.

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

A group of Furman students are selected to represent the United States each November at the annual APEC Voices of the Future program during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO summit.

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Furman Politics and International Affairs faculty

Furman Department of Politics and International Affairs

See what a major in Politics and International Affairs at Furman has to offer.

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