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World Religions Symposium set to begin Feb. 26

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.

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.