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Furman Jazz Combos will present a concert Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. The concert is free and open to the public and is a CLP. The Jazz Combos are coached by Furman music faculty members Steve Watson and Keith Davis who teach in the jazz studies program directed by Dr. Matt Olson. Watson and Davis will lead students in music by Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, and Wes Montgomery.
Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin at Furman University William Preucil will perform in recital Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall. A Sound Quality Series event, tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. Celebrating his seventh year as a member of the Furman faculty, Preucil will perform sonatas by Beethoven, Leclair, and Brahms assisted by Furman faculty pianist David Gross and violinist Thomas Joiner.
Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA), will speak on the Furman campus Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center. His talk, “Tickets to the Gun Show,” is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Furman’s Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow. Pratt has served for more than 30 years as head of GOA, a 300,000-member organization that lobbies for the pro-gun position in Washington, D.C., and is involved in firearm issues in the states.
The Furman Percussion Ensemble will present a concert Monday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman campus. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Directed by Furman faculty member Dr. Omar Carmenates, the one-hour concert will feature a wide range of 20th and 21st century music. The Furman Percussion Ensemble also extends an invitation to participate in its annual “come-one-come-all” performance of Phil Kline’s roaming holiday sound sculpture “Unsilent Night” Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. outside McAlister Auditorium on the Furman campus. Contact Omar Carmenates for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
An exhibit commemorating NASA’s Apollo 10 mission and the role of Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts characters is on display now through Dec. 29 at the Upcountry History Museum–Furman University. “To the Moon: Snoopy Soars with NASA” looks at the 1969 Apollo 10 mission and how the Peanuts characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy were used in the mission and in the NASA Manned Flight Awareness safety program. For more information, contact the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University 864-467-3100.
J. Aaron Simmons, assistant professor of philosophy at Furman, has co-authored a new book, The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction. Written with Wheaton College philosophy professor Bruce Ellis Benson and published by Bloomsbury, The New Phenomenology is the first available introduction to the group of philosophers sometimes associated with the so-called ‘theological turn’ in contemporary French thought. The book argues that there has not been a ‘turn’ to theology in recent French phenomenology, but instead a philosophical reconsideration of phenomenology itself.
Furman’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development is accepting nominations for “Connections: Women Leaders of the Upstate,” a program designed for women who have either demonstrated leadership abilities or who’ve been identified as possessing potential for leadership. The program begins Jan. 14, 2014 and concludes Apr. 22. Nominations must be received by Nov. 19.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Furman announces the formation of Senior Leaders Greenville, a program designed for senior adults to get involved and become voices for the rapidly growing number of seniors in the Greenville area. Joining OLLI in the Senior Leaders Greenville initiative are community partners Senior Action and Bon Secours Lifewise. The application deadline for the 2014 class is Dec. 16, 2013.
Bridging the gap between religion and science proves to be a challenge in a time when technological and scientific advancements leave little room for faith and spirituality, but according to author and renowned Kabbalah scholar Daniel C. Matt, the two are not as inseparable as many think.
In a wide-ranging lecture last Wednesday titled “Sports and Society” Curt Hamakawa, an associate professor of sport management at Western New England University and former official of the United States Olympic Committee, said the number of inactive people is growing each year. Diabetes and lack of physical activity can each be attributed to about six percent of global deaths each year, according to a recent study by the World Health Organization.