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Furman will host a night of Chinese opera with internationally renowned bass-baritone Sun Yu at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 29 at the Younts Conference Center. Sun Yu, accompanied by pianist Dewitt Tipton, will present three Chinese songs, “Homesickness,” “On the Jialing River” and “Yada Meyiren,” an inner-Mongolian folk song, as well as two opera arias by Gioachino Rossini and Sergei Rachmaninoff.
When Kelsey Orr decided to come to Furman, she knew she’d meet some interesting people along the way. Furman set the bar high before classes even started. Orr was one of 11 incoming students who took part in the Japan Summer Experience. The two-week trip, which is one of two study away programs offered annually […]
Furman faculty play an integral role in student recruiting. They make telephone calls, attend out-of-town receptions and even invite prospective students and parents into their classrooms. This kind of personal attention makes Furman distinctive and helps boost student yield.
Elisa Edmondson spent most of her summer in the classroom.
But here role was dual, as an instructor and student. And she was half a world away.
The Communication Studies major, was in Tokyo teaching and mentoring more than 300 orphaned students for Ashinaga, a non-profit organization that provides educational and emotional support to youth who have lost one or both of their parents.
Furman University James B. Duke Assistant Professor of Asian Studies Tami Blumenfield has co-edited a book about Chinese cultural heritage politics. Cultural Heritage Politics in China is co-edited by Helaine Silverman, anthropology professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and director of the Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP). The book is published by Springer (N.Y.). Cultural Heritage Politics in China explores China’s cultural heritage ideology and policies from three interrelated perspectives: UNESCO World Heritage tourism; cultural heritage tourism at sites not designated through an international system; and the cultural politics of museums and collections.
North Korea’s recent provocations have put the world on edge. The situation, spurred by nation’s 30-year-old dictator, seems to worsen daily as Japan, South Korea and the U.S. have positioned both military and missiles to defend and retaliate against a potential strike.
Less than a year ago, Becky Duckett, Furman’s Program Coordinator in Asian Studies, participated in an independent educator’s tour of North Korea. On Tuesday afternoon, her reflections on this trip gave a packed McEachern Lecture Hall the opportunity to put the current turmoil surrounding the embattled country in a unique perspective.
Furman University Asian studies and religion professor Samuel Irving Britt has authored a book about the Liberian Aladura Church. The Children of Salvation: Ritual Struggle in a Liberian Aladura Church offers an understanding of Liberian spirituality, the Aladura’s ritual struggle in the cultural order, and the hope for restoration in a war-torn community. The book is published by The University of South Carolina Press.
NOVEMBER 15, 2012
by Jenn Summers ’13, Contributing Writer
More than 150 students and guests arrived at Furman Hall Tuesday to participate in a small lecture and celebration for the traditional Hindu holiday Diwali, organized by a diverse group of campus organizations on Tuesday night. The organizations – Association of Hindu Students (AHS), Cooperative Students Fellowship, Canterbury, Muslim Students Association, as well as the Asian Studies and Religion Departments, all contributed to the festivities. The program involved lectures on the history of the festival from history professor Savita Nair in history and Asian Studies Professor Lisa Knight.
AUGUST 21, 2012
by John Roberts, Newspage Editor
Faculty appointments to one life-time and four limited-term endowed professorships were announced last week by John Beckford, vice president for academic affairs and dean. The honored professors are Tom Allen (Computer Science), Jeff Petty (Chemistry), Eli Hesterman (Biology), Kathleen Player (Business Administration) and Tami Blumenfield (Asian Studies).
It’s not everyday a movie night turns into a career networking event. But for Lauren Moon, it did just that.
When she was a senior, Moon thought a Bollywood night sounded like a fun event for the Furman University Student Activities Board (FUSAB). She pitched her idea to the group, and then, after it was approved by the board, she shared her vision for the movie night at a trustees dinner. To her surprise, the wife of a trustee shared her passion for Indian culture–and offered to put Moon in touch with Mary-Mitchell Campbell ‘96.
Turns out, Campbell is the founder and executive director of Artists Striving to End Poverty, a non-profit organization that teaches the arts to underprivileged children across the globe.