Students represent the U.S. at APEC conference

Meeting international students, political, and corporate leaders and learning about a rapidly globalizing world are just some of the benefits four Furman University seniors received from their trip to the APEC conference in Beijing, China, this fall. Kelly Dickson, A.J. Calhoun, Blake Baldwin, and Sarah Katherine DeVenny attended the Riley Institute’s Voices of the Future Asia-Pacific […]


A moment to savor

Students from the First Year Writing seminar Sugar and Spice recently visited the Biology Department’s Food Lab to share a holiday tradition with James B. Duke Associate Professor of Asian Studies and History Savita Nair. Since her college days, spicy coconut shrimp from Nair’s native region of Kerala, India, has been a staple of her […]

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The best seat in the house

The task seemed simple. Create the perfect chair. But when you’re interning for a company that has designed chairs for Royal Albert Hall and other majestic performance venues around the world, the pressure is on. Yuqi Wei ’15 and Akari Ogawa ’16 spent their summer in Tokyo, living among 35 million neighbors in the greater […]


China’s environmental crisis

  China, a rapidly growing economy, is more seriously polluted than any society on earth, said a keynote speaker at the two-day international symposium on “China’s Environment Crisis: Is there a Way Out?” The forum, held at Furman University, was presented by the Riley Institute at Furman and the Department of Asian Studies with support […]


Riley Institute presents conference about China’s environmental crisis

The Riley Institute at Furman and the Furman University Department of Asian Studies will present a national conference on the environmental crisis in China Monday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Younts Conference Center. “China’s Environmental Crisis: Is There A Way Out?” is free and open to the public. No registration is required. The symposium, a CLP event, is presented with support from the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, the Furman Department of Political Science, and the Shi Center for Sustainability.

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Delegation from Chinese university to visit Furman

A five-member delegation from Yunnan Minzu University in China will visit the Furman University campus Sept. 14-15 as part of a new partnership between the two schools. Furman is developing four new programs with YMU, which is based in a southwestern Chinese province rich in biodiversity, as part of an initial $50,000 Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment grant. In addition to visiting with students and faculty, the Chinese delegation will meet with Furman President Elizabeth Davis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean John Beckford, and Associate Vice President for Admission Brad Pochard.


Ten faculty appointed to endowed professorships

Furman announced this week that 10 faculty members have been appointed to endowed professorships at the university. Four of the new professorships are lifetime appointments, while the other six are for limited terms. Gifts from donors and foundations support 24 endowed lifetime professorships and nine rotating (limited term) professorships at the university.


Asian immersion

Charles Stayer plans to come to his Advanced Placement Geography classes dressed a little differently this fall. Stayer, a teacher and dean of students at Coastal Christian Preparatory School in Mount Pleasant, will don a Japanese kimono for a new unit he’s planning on Asian folk and pop culture. Using his newly purchased tea utensils, […]


Experience East Asia

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 […]


Change is coming to North Korea

Since establishing itself as a nation in 1948, North Korea, by many accounts, remains one of the most oppressive and closed off countries in the world. Under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, the self-proclaimed Supreme Leader of the small east-Asian country, nearly 100,000 North Koreans remain political prisoners within their own land while the […]