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Some experts believe that highly developed robotic devices can be a positive addition to our lives. Others suggest that intelligent machines could be an imminent threat to humanity. Either way, robots that can perform human tasks are only going to become more ubiquitous as we move further into the 21st century. Furman computer science professor Tom Allen will talk about where robotics is today and what we can reasonably expect in the near future when he speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Oct. 14 at noon at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.
The Furman University Men’s and Women’s Chorales and the Furman Singers will present their fall concert Thursday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on the Furman University campus. The concert is free and open to the public. The CLP concert is conducted by Furman music professors Dr. Vivian Hamilton and Dr. Hugh Ferguson Floyd, and includes a mix of sacred and traditional hymns, folk tunes and spirituals.
The Furman University Music Department announces its Sound Quality & More Music Series for the 2015-2016 season. Furman presents more than 220 public events each year. Opening the Sound Quality ensemble series is a performance by the Furman Symphony Orchestra Friday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium. The CLP concert, “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away,” is conducted by Furman’s Thomas Joiner, D.M., and celebrates the release of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. The concert also introduces faculty clarinetist Cecilia Kang, D.M.A., who will perform Debussy’s Première rhapsodie.
Robert P. George, Ph.D., and Cornel R. West, Ph.D. (pictured), two prominent thinkers on the right and left, respectively, will speak on campus about Christianity and politics Thursday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center. The CLP event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are required and will be available one hour before the event in the Trone Center. “A Conversation About Christianity and Politics” is the first of four events in the Tocqueville Program’s 2015-2016 lecture series.
Furman University Theatre will present Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni, and music by Galt MacDermot, Oct. 15-17 and Oct. 21-24 at 8 p.m. Matinee performances are Oct. 17, 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. All performances take place in the Theatre Playhouse on campus. Tickets are $19 for adults, $16 for seniors and $10 for students. Maegan McNerney Azar directs the CLP event.
A new exhibit showcasing South Carolina poetry is open at Furman University’s James B. Duke Library through Jan. 15, 2016. The exhibit, “Celebrating South Carolina Poetry: An Exhibition to Mark the Acquisition of The Ninety-Six Press Archive” is free and open to the public. Furman English professors William Rogers and Gilbert Allen founded The Ninety-Six Press in 1991 to publish book-length works of poetry by South Carolina authors.
Pope Francis’ visit to the United States last week drew massive crowds and created a huge amount of media interest. To understand more about the impact of that visit, the Furman News and Media Relations office asked Dr. Helen Lee Turner, the Reuben B. Pitts Professor of Religion at the university, to reflect on the pope’s trip to America and what it accomplished.
What are the odds of two people in a room of 23 having the same birthday? You may say not likely, but the math says it’s better than 50 percent. Furman math professor John Harris will explain why that is so and talk about other amazing coincidences that may not be so coincidental when he speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Oct. 7 at noon at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. The lecture, “What a Coincidence!,” is free and open to the public.
Harold Stanley, Ph.D., political science professor and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern Methodist University (Dallas) will speak on the campus Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center. His CLP talk, “Picking a President in 2016: Lessons Learned (or not) from Previous Campaigns, Elections, and Their Aftermaths,” is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program and the Furman Political Science Department.
What is memory, and how does it change with age? Can anything be done to maintain one’s memory over time? Furman psychology professor Michelle Horhota will address that subject when she opens the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Sept. 30 at noon at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. The lecture, “Memory Fitness: Strategies for Improving Memory,” is free and open to the public. It is the first of seven consecutive High Noon lectures presented during the fall.