Film festival explores the realities of China’s environmental crisis

High on a hillside in southwest China, a handful of elderly residents cry out, pleading for the protection of the mountains, trees, and streams around them. For many generations, protecting their environment has been a priority for Na ritual specialists who live in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces of southwest China. They have no written […]

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A daily dose of art

Jhanay Williams ’14 was wrestling with a life-changing decision as she approached graduation from Furman last year. On one side, there was the safe place to purse her master’s degree: New York University, located in the city where Williams was born before moving to Ocala, Fla. On the other, though, was the adventurous—and somewhat scary—option: […]

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World Religions Symposium continues throughout spring

Furman University will hold its annual World Religions Symposium beginning Thursday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in Johns Hall 101 on the Furman campus. The symposium, “Hinduism, A Living Tradition” is free and open to the public, and includes a series of lectures and other programs that run through April 20. Most events for the symposium are part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. The first CLP program, “Hinduisms: Debating Tradition and Origins,” is presented by Furman Religion Professor Lisa Knight, Ph.D.


Furman presents Chinese Environmental Film Festival

Seven filmmakers from China and across the United States will converge at Furman University February 26-28 for the University’s first Chinese Environmental Film Festival. The festival will feature three days of experimental, documentary, and feature films with environmental themes, together with expert commentary and question-and-answer sessions following each film. Films, which range from short films […]

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Understanding peace through religion

What do the Hopi Indians, Irish Catholics and Indian Sikhs have in common? They were all discussed during a February 3 lecture titled “The Role of Religion in Peacemaking” that featured three professors from the Religion, Political Science, and Asian Studies departments. The professors explored three different groups/areas: Hopi Native Americans of the Southwest, the […]


Partnership creates new environmental research opportunities in China

It’s a region of China that boasts both rich biodiversity and immense ethnic cultural diversity. Thousands of plant and animal species can be found in the Yunnan province on snow-capped mountains in the north to tropical regions in the south. More than 15,000 ethnic minority students study at Yunnan Minzu University in the province’s capital. […]


Deepening educational ties with China

Furman has been sending students to study abroad in China since the 1980s, but the university strengthened its ties to the nation in 2005 with a partnership program established at Su Zhou University just outside Shanghai. Furman deepened those ties to China this year by establishing another partnership with Yunnan Minza University, a leading school […]


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 […]