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Dr. Blumenfield receives Fulbright to study in China

Tami Blumenfield, an assistant professor of Asian Studies, has been selected for a Fulbright Scholar Grant to conduct research in China during the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Blumenfield will work with the Na communities of the Yunnan Province, where she’ll create a multi-media exhibit and digital archive to help preserve the cultural heritage of the Na people. She will also collaborate with the Yunnan University Institute for Ethnic Studies.

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Trustees approve faculty promotions, tenure

During its spring meeting Saturday, the Furman Board of Trustees approved promotions and/or tenure for 12 faculty members and granted emeritus status to six professors who are retiring this summer. The trustees also recognized the contributions of four board members whose terms will expire June 30. All faculty promotions, tenure and emeritus status become effective Aug. 1.

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History, Asian studies professor publishes new book

Furman University Assistant Professor of History and Asian Studies Wendy Matsumura, Ph.D., has published a new book about Okinawa. “The Limits of Okinawa: Japanese Capitalism, Living Labor, and Theorizations of Community” is published by Duke University Press. The publisher says, “… Matsumura provides a new understanding of Okinawa’s place in Japanese and world history, and establishes a new locus for considering the relationships between empire, capital, nation, and identity.”

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Fulbright grants awarded to four Furman students

Four Furman University students have been awarded English Teaching Assistantships from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright recipients, who will begin their teaching assignments this fall, are Natalia Arenas (Simpsonville, S.C.); Bryan Betts (Tega Cay, S.C.); A.J. Calhoun (Charlotte, N.C.); and Kayla Hirsch (Fort Mill, S.C.). Says Education professor Dr. Scott Henderson, “Four recipients in a single year is remarkable, and considering Furman’s size and the competitiveness of the program, it’s even more noteworthy.”

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University welcomes newest members of Phi Beta Kappa

Forty-nine Furman students have been elected to the school’s chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious academic society. The newest members were inducted during a special initiation ceremony and dinner on campus earlier this spring. Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters induct the most outstanding students at America’s leading colleges and universities, and only about 10 percent of the nation’s institutions of higher education have Phi Beta Kappa chapters.

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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.

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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 […]