CLP: Palm/Passion Sunday

5 p.m., Sunday, March 29, Daniel Chapel. Chaplain’s Office presents service marking first day of Holy week.

Sunday: Softball: vs. Marshall

Noon, Sunday, March 29, Pepsi Softball Stadium.

CLP Sat.: Diary of One Who Vanished

8 p.m., Sat., Mar. 28, Daniel RH. Grant Knox, D.M., directs Janácek work feat. Women’s Chorale, Martin Katz, & Magdalena Wór. $10-$20.

Saturday: Bark in the Park

3 p.m., Sat., Mar. 28, Latham. Paladin Knights Kids Club hosts dog-friendly event at game vs. Mercer. $1 hot dogs, prizes, pet adoptions. $3-$5.

America must understand Iran

akan-maliciMore than 30 years ago the leading Iran historian James Bill argued, “America knows astonishingly little about Iran.” Unfortunately, we still have many things wrong. Contrary to conventional assumptions, Iranian foreign policy is not made by irrational clerics. Iranians are not seeking a nuclear program with offensive motivations. In an op-ed for The Greenville News, Furman political science professor Akan Malaci writes that fear-mongering is not a substitute for facts and a sober understanding of the situation America is facing with Iran.

A reminder of educational failure

paul-thomasSouth Carolina has contributed significantly to the 30-plus years of education accountability begun under President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s, including the high-profile court case over school funding detailed in the documentary Corridor of Shame. PBS has turned the education reform spotlight on Hartsville with a documentary that will again raise questions about the powerful intersection of poverty, race and education while also offering an opportunity for viewers in South Carolina and across the U.S. to evaluate the current commitments to accountability-based reform. Furman education professor Paul Thomas took a closer look at the education situation in an op-ed for The State.

Lyric Theatre Presents Diary of One Who Vanished

Guest accompanist, Martin Katz

Guest accompanist, Martin Katz

The Furman University Music Department’s Lyric Theatre will present Diary of One Who Vanished, Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus.

Directed by Furman Professor of Voice Grant Knox, D.M., the performance is open to the public. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students.

Diary of One Who Vanished is co-presented with the Furman Women’s Chorale and is conducted by Furman Music Professor Vivian Hamilton, D.M.A.

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wor

Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wor

The half opera, half song cycle features music by Czech composer Leoš Janácek. The music is performed by Martin Katz, also known as the “gold standard of accompanists.” Katz has performed on more than five continents with some of world’s finest singers and is the Artur Schnabel Collegiate Professor of Collaborative Piano at the University of Michigan. Katz will perform with tenor Knox, and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wór, guest artist from Atlanta.

Katz will also lead a master class Friday, March 27, 2-5 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall. The class is free and open to the public.

In 1917, while reading his local newspaper, Leoš Janácek discovered the poems that he would later set to music in The Diary of One Who Vanished. Written by Ozef Kalda and published anonymously, the poems tell the story of a farmer’s boy who abandons his home because he has fallen in love with a Gypsy. The cycle is sung in Czech with English supertitles.

For more information, call the Furman Music Office at (864) 294-2086, or email the Music Department at Tickets for The Diary of One Who Vanished may be ordered online.

Pam Davis named Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future

Pam Davis Bridges to a Brighter Future, featuredPam Davis has been named Director of Furman’s Bridges to a Brighter Future, a program administered by the Department of Continuing Education at Furman University.

Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally awarded comprehensive college access and success program for Greenville County high school and college students.

Having worked in student affairs at Converse College, Furman University and Clemson University, Davis joins Furman after a five-year career with the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department where she was the Recreation Programs Manager and Youth Commission liaison.

She has been involved in LiveWell Greenville, has served on the board of South Carolina Recreation and Parks Association, participated in Women Leaders of the Upstate at Furman, and was involved in Greenville campaigns for the March of Dimes and United Way.

A Greenville resident since 2001, Davis grew up in Florence, S.C. and attended Clemson University, where she received a bachelor’s in speech and communication and a master’s in counseling and guidance services.

For more information, contact the News and Media Relations Office at (864) 294-3107.

About Bridges to a Brighter Future

Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally awarded comprehensive college access and success program for Greenville County high school and college students whose potential outdistances their circumstances. Bridges is designed to not only expose students to college, but to address and eliminate the personal, social and cultural barriers that often prevent low-income and first-generation students from achieving college graduation. Bridges to a Brighter Future changes lives and is one of the distinctive community outreach programs at Furman University and in South Carolina.