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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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
“Go west, young man” is a quaint idea associated with the outdated concept of manifest destiny, but the basic message was the same when Furman art history professor Marie Watkins spoke to Mary Elizabeth Morse ’15 last school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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
At age 13, long before he became one of America’s foremost leaders for civil rights alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., Greenville native Jesse Jackson dreamed of attending Furman University, earning a degree, and perhaps eventually teaching at the school. That wasn’t possible, however, since Furman didn’t integrate its student population until 1965, a year after […]
Furman faculty play an integral role in student recruiting. They make telephone calls, attend out-of-town receptions and even invite prospective students and parents into their classrooms. This kind of personal attention makes Furman distinctive and helps boost student yield.