Writing the history of desegregation at Furman

Furman’s 50 Years Commemorating Desegregation webpage does more than thoughtfully explore the University’s path to integration. It paints a picture by presenting colorful portraits of those who blazed the sometimes turbulent path. It, too, provides perspective. A popular feature of the webpage is an interactive timeline. It begins on May 18, 1955, when Furman officials confiscated […]


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 […]

Who speaks for Furman?

Furman University was a microcosm of South Carolina and the South as a whole during the tumult of the Civil Rights era—a time when white Southerners attempted to delay and halt desegregation in its tracks. Dr. Steve O’Neill, a Furman history professor who focuses on the history of the South and is an expert in […]

Top left and continuing clockwise, George (left) and Fran Ligler (right) honored Carl Kohrt, who is photographed with his wife Lynne, and Charles Brewer. Brewer was also honored by Genie Gullick.  Bill Lavery, photographed with his wife AvaMarie, was honored by Lynn Hatcher-Totaro (right).  David Shaner, (left) photographed with his wife Ileana, was honored by Eric and Christina Harrell. Ty Tessitore,(right) was honored by Matthew and Sandra Miller.

Furman Standard honors ten

Every year, alumni, parents and friends honor Furman Faculty through lasting gifts to The Furman Standard, an endowed fund that allocates annual grants to faculty materials, training and development. Furman Standard began in 2010 and, to date, more than 30 professors have been honored raising more than $2 million to support faculty development. On October […]


The struggle over desegregation at Furman

On Jan. 29, 1965, Joseph Vaughn became Furman’s first African-American undergraduate student. That date marked the turning point in a debate that divided the campus for more than a decade and changed the university’s culture forever. Furman history professor Steve O’Neill will look back at the university’s efforts to desegregate its student body and the challenges it faced when he speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. His lecture—“Who Speaks for Furman: The Struggle over Desegregation, 1955-1965”—begins at noon.

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Becoming a strong candidate for success

William Shelley ’14 wasn’t looking for just any internship last summer, which worked out well because Brad Crone wasn’t look for just any intern. “It’s a working internship. It’s not running the Xerox and going to get coffee. It’s a real, live experience where you’re working with real, live projects with real, live campaigns,” Crone, […]


A golden opportunity

“Go west, young man” is a quaint idea associated with the outdated concept of manifest destiny, but the basic message was the same when Furman art history professor Marie Watkins spoke to Mary Elizabeth Morse ’15 last school year. “So many of our students stay on the east coast or in the South, and I […]


The unfinished business of integration

Desegregation began on South Carolina college campuses in 1963, but integration has not yet been completed, a civil rights pioneer told a Furman University audience Thursday. An Evening with Harvey Gantt, one of a series of events to commemorate 50 years of desegregation at Furman, was a conversation between Ron Cox, a South Carolina historian […]


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.


War and remembrance

Olivia Haase ’15 knew her great, great uncle had died on a World War I battlefield in France. What she didn’t know was how powerful the feelings would be when she saw his nearly century-old grave at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau. “It made it so much more personal for me,” Haase, a health […]