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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.”
The Riley Institute has recruited Mark Quinn, Director of Public and Member Relations at the Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, as Senior Associate at the Institute, and has promoted Jacki Martin, formerly Associate Director of the Riley Institute, to Director of Riley Institute Operations.
The third year of FUEL Furman: Ignite the Fire, Fuel the Future officially concluded on April 3. Nearly 80 donors participated with gifts ranging from $5 to $1,000. In total, supporters gave close to $8,500, more than doubling the amount raised for student projects in 2014. Even if a group was unable to reach their total fundraising goal, all projects were designed to be scalable and funds will be put to use immediately.
Daniel J. Mahoney, Professor of Political Science at Assumption College (Worcester, Mass.), will speak on the Furman University campus Thursday, April 9, at 5 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center. The CLP, “Christianity and the Religion of Humanity,” is presented by Furman’s Ernest J. Walters, Jr. Lecture Series in Political Thought, the Tocqueville Program, and the Political Thought Club.
Furman University will host Grammy award-winning hip-hop artist Lecrae Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Timmons Arena on campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. Also featured in the concert are Andy Mineo and DJ Promote. Lecrae’s tour, “Anomaly,” is based on the same-titled album released last fall. General admission tickets are $26-$45, and are available through the Timmons Arena box office. The tour is presented by Live Nation and Premier Productions.
Pam Davis has been named Director of Furman’s Bridges to a Brighter Future, a program administered by the Department of Continuing Education at Furman University. Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally awarded comprehensive college access and success program for Greenville County high school and college students. Having worked in student affairs at Converse College, Furman University and Clemson University, Davis joins Furman after a five-year career with the City of Greenville Parks and Recreation Department.
The Furman University Department of Music will present its Spring Honors Recital Tuesday, March 31, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. A reception follows the event. The recital is free and open to the public and features seven outstanding students who are nominated and selected by Furman’s music faculty. Participants this spring are: Jessie Barnett, mezzo-soprano; Peter Dimery, saxophone; Alexander H. Helms, euphonium; Emily Lamb, viola; James Vincent Masanotti, violin; Allison Rye, oboe; Stephanie Simon, composition.
Furman will sponsor an “Earth Week Teach-In” event on Wednesday, March 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hill Atrium of the Trone Student Center. The public is invited to attend. According to Michele Speitz, Ph.D., an assistant professor of English at Furman, the teach-in is “meant to be both informative and provocative. Ideally such a gathering of speakers is meant to attract attention, educate the audience, and galvanize action. The main idea is to bring our sustainability-centered work to life.”
The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Furman University as a 2014 Tree Campus USA® for its dedication to effective urban forest management. Furman has earned the honor seven consecutive years. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and sponsored by Toyota to honor colleges and universities for effective campus forest management and for engaging staff and students in conservation goals.
Furman University’s 2014-2015 Hartness Organ Series will conclude Tuesday, March 24, at 8 p.m. with a recital in Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman campus. Part of a series celebrating 10 years since the installation of the university’s C.B. Fisk pipe organ, the recital will be presented by University Organist and Professor of Organ Charles Tompkins, D.M.A., and his son, violinist Gregory Tompkins. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.