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 […]


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.