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Jazz Ensemble and Combos present concert Feb. 12

The Furman Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos will present a concert Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman University campus. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The CLP performance features music from Luiz Bonfá, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, Quincy Jones and other artists. Dr. Matt Olson, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Furman, will conduct the ensemble and combos, which are coached by Olson and Furman faculty member and jazz guitarist, Steve Watson.

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Paul Thomas co-edits new book

Furman University education professor Paul Thomas has published a new book about renowned Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. The 158-page volume, Challenging Authors: Haruki Murakami (Sense Publishers), is co-edited by Matthew C. Strecher of Sophia University (Tokyo). Furman English major Kristen Marakoff (Class of 2016) and future secondary English teacher assisted with proofreading.

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Lyric Theatre presents “The Magic Flute” Feb. 25 & Feb 27

Furman University Lyric Theatre will stage two performances of Mozart’s The Magic Flute Thursday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. Open to the public, the CLP performances are presented by the Furman University Department of Music. Tickets for the Sound Quality Concert Series event are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. The whimsical fairy tale directed by Dr. Grant Knox is suitable for all ages. Dr. Thomas Joiner conducts the Furman Symphony Orchestra.

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Symphonic Band & Wind Ensemble in concert Feb. 19

The Furman University Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will present a concert Friday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. Conducted by Director of Bands Leslie W. Hicken, and Director of Athletic Bands Jay Bocook, “Black Dog” is open to the public. Part of the Furman Sound Quality Concert Series, the program features Furman faculty member and clarinetist Cecilia Kang. Tickets for the CLP event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

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Husband & wife piano team duo runedako in concert Feb. 17

duo runedako, the husband and wife team of Furman University music professors Ruth Neville and Daniel Koppelman, will perform pieces for duo piano Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Presented by Furman Partners in the Arts, the concert is free and open to the public. The concert of modern classical music will feature works for piano duet, piano duo and solo piano with some electronics.

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Charles Mathewes of UVA speaks about Christian Citizenship

Dr. Charles Mathewes, Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, will speak on the Furman University campus Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center. His talk, “Christian Citizenship in the 21st Century,” is free and open to the public. Mathewes’ CLP lecture is sponsored by the Tocqueville Program. Mathewes will present an Augustinian perspective on Christian citizenship in the 21st century. His focus is how an encounter with St. Augustine can help Christians see the world with hope, even in dark political times.

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Faculty Chamber Music Series features Preucil Feb. 22

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Violin at Furman University William Preucil will be the featured artist in a concert presented by the Furman Faculty Chamber Music Series Monday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall. The recital, “An Evening of Brahms,” is open to the public. Preucil will perform with Furman music faculty members David Gross (piano), Thomas Joiner (violin), Anna Barbrey Joiner (viola) and Christopher Hutton (violoncello). Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.

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Riley names Midlands DLI Fellows

The Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative (DLI) has selected its 9th Class of Fellows from the Midlands. The 41 incoming class members will join more than 1,500 Riley Fellows from across the state to participate in DLI. “DLI graduates are responding to great challenges facing South Carolina in thoughtful, positive ways that help to drive progress and improve their communities,” says Don Gordon, executive director of the Riley Institute.


Polarization in American politics

The ideological divide between Republicans and Democrats is greater now than it has been in the last two decades, and politicians everywhere are faced with this daunting increase in polarization. On Tuesday, January 26, former Maryland Governor Bob Ehrlich addressed this topic in a lecture titled Governing Polarized American States. The event, held in the Trone Student Center, […]

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Prints by Jonathan McFadden on display

Prints by Jonathan McFadden, professor at the College of Fine Arts, School of Art & Visual Studies at University of Kentucky, will be on display in Furman University’s Thompson Gallery, Roe Art Building, Feb. 15-March 15. Thompson Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The exhibition, Clearly this is satire, but …, is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Furman University Department of Art.