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Courtney Tollison Hartness: in praise of the public library

Despite our dependence on the Internet for quick fact checking and other research, Furman History Professor Courtney Tollison Hartness, Ph.D., says brick-and-mortar libraries “deserve our unflagging support.” In a piece she wrote for Greenville Journal, Hartness offers a brief history of libraries in the United States including those in Greenville’s storied past. She reminisces about […]


Making the spring term Dean’s List

Among the more prestigious honors that Furman students can earn during their time at the university is being named to the Dean’s List. Those making the grade for the 2015 spring term represent 40 states, the District of Columbia, and 20 foreign countries. The honor is awarded to full-time undergraduates who earn a grade point average of at least 3.4 during the university’s fall and spring semesters.


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.”


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.


Looking back on moving forward

  Two Furman University alumni and a retired faculty member who were at the school during the time it was desegregated by Greenville native Joseph Vaughn told the story of that event and the years leading up to it during a panel discussion Thursday. The panel discussion is part of Furman’s commemoration of the 50th […]


Looking back at World War I

World War I was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. Furman professor Carolyn Day will examine how the missing and the dead were treated during and after World War I as well as look at the continuing efforts to honor the soldiers who gave their lives when she speaks at the university’s High Noon lecture series Wednesday, April 1 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. Her lecture, “And Also for his Brother: Grief and the Missing in World War I,” begins at noon. It is free and open to the public.


Speaking of El Salvador

During the 20th century, El Salvador suffered from one of the longest periods of military rule and political domination in the Americas, beginning with the 1931 coup against the democratically-elected Arturo Aurajo, and culminating in a bloody civil war that lasted from 1979 to 1992.  In his book, In Authoritarian El Salvador: Politics and the […]


Visualizing Emancipation

The concept seems counterintuitive at first, the reduction of the profoundly individual experience of slaves gaining freedom to bits of data on a digital map. But is it? Alex Lange ’17 doesn’t think so. As one of 11 students who participated in the University of Richmond’s Visualizing Emancipation Project last spring, he came away with […]


Fifty years after

Fifty years ago, on February 2, 1965, Joseph Allen Vaughn took his seat in a classroom at Furman University. In the process, he became the first African-American undergraduate to attend the university. His enrollment changed Furman forever and stands as one of the university’s great milestones. The school is commemorating this anniversary with a series […]


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 […]