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OLLI and Riley Institute present summer lecture series, “Two South Carolinas”

JUNE 27, 2012
by Tina T. Underwood, Contributing Writer

GREENVILLE, S.C.—The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Riley Institute at Furman will present a four-part summer lecture series on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. starting July 17 through Aug. 7 in Younts Conference Center on the Furman campus.

“Two South Carolinas: A Look at the Disparities in Education, Justice and Health,” is hosted by Mark Quinn, director of public and member relations, Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, and former host of SC ETV’s “The Big Picture.” The cost of the entire series is $40 ($30 for OLLI members) and $15 per single event.

In this important election year, OLLI and the Riley Institute at Furman seek to spur dialog about issues facing both South Carolina and the nation.

July 17:  Two South Carolinas: Disparities in Education

John Simpkins, Charleston School of Law fellow, and counsel with Wyche, P.A., delivers opening keynote, “Virtual Reality: The myth and meaning of difference in SC.” Steve Morrison, plaintiffs’ attorney in Abbeville v. South Carolina, presents “Are We Keeping our Promise to ‘minimally educate’ our Children?”

July 24: Two South Carolinas: Disparities in Justice

Kirby Mitchell, managing attorney at South Carolina Legal Services, examines South Carolina’s system of justice in “Justice for All?” South Carolina Dept. of Juvenile Justice director Margaret Barber offers “A Report Card on Juvenile Justice.”

July 31: Two South Carolinas: Disparities in Health

SCDHEC deputy commissioner for health services Lisa Waddell, M.D. addresses “How Wealth Influences Well-being.” Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services CEO Roland Gardner talks about “Bridging the Health Care Gap.”


August 7: Two South Carolinas: Exploring Strategies for Change

Mark Quinn moderates a conversation with leaders from across the state who have on-the-ground experience in education, justice and health. Leaders closely examine the relationships among these complex, intersecting issues, and explore strategies for moving toward individual, cultural and structural change.

For more information or to register click here, or contact OLLI@Furman, 864-294-2998.

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