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Singer/songwriter, author and pastor Elise Erikson Barrett will present a concert Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Chapel on the Furman campus. “The Gift of Emotion: A Concert for the Head and Heart” is free and open to the public, and is presented by Furman’s Office of the Chaplain. A reception hosted by Furman’s Wesley Fellowship will follow the event, with Barrett’s CDs available for sale and signing. A Furman CLP, the concert is part of a presentation in which University Chaplain Dr. Vaughn CroweTipton explores the cultural significance of emotion.
The Furman Symphony Orchestra, Furman Singers and Chorales featuring five student soloists will present Christmas @ Furman Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth. An annual tradition for more than 50 years, Furman’s holiday concert features 200 students conducted by Thomas Joiner and Hugh Ferguson Floyd. The program, part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program as well as the Sound Quality Concert Series, includes Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” choral works by Franz Biebl and Sergei Rachmaninoff, and familiar carol arrangements by Arthur Harris, among other favorites of the season.
Dr. Joni Tevis, Associate Professor of English at Furman, has been awarded a Pushcart Prize for her essay, “What the Body Knows,” which was published in the November/December 2013 issue of Orion magazine. Tevis’ essay appears in the just published 2015 Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses. The Pushcart Prize is a major literary award that honors the best poetry, short fiction, essays and other works that appear in small presses during the previous year. The series has been published every year since 1976.
Furman was well represented at the 16th Annual InnoVision Awards Celebration that took place Nov. 11 at the TD Convention Center. Furman received two of the 10 awards presented to organizations, businesses and individuals that were recognized for advancing technology in South Carolina, while a third award went to ActivEd, an educational initiative founded by Furman health sciences professor Dr. Julian Reed. The university received the Community Service Award as well as the Hall of Fame Award.
Fresh off their second straight Southern Conference titles, the Paladin men’s and women’s teams will compete in the Southeast Regional Championships on Nov. 14 in Louisville, Ky. There are nine regional meets, and the top two finishers in each earn automatic bids to the NCAA Championships to be held Nov. 22 in Terre Haute, Ind. Thirteen schools also receive at-large bids.
Furman University Lyric Theatre will present an opera scenes recital Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. “Opera in the Classical Era: Gluck, Mozart, and Haydn,” is free and open to the public. The performance is directed by Furman Professor of Voice and Director of Lyric Theatre Dr. Grant Knox. Assisting Knox in directing is Furman senior Bryce McClendon. Furman Piano Professor Dr. David Gross provides accompaniment.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Furman University’s installation and dedication of the Hartness Organ (C.B. Fisk, Opus 121), Furman will present a recital Monday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus. The recital is open to the public and features guest artists Dr. Timothy Olsen (organ) and Ms. Judith Saxton (trumpet). Tickets for the Hartness Organ Series event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. A reception for Dr. Olsen and Ms. Saxton will be held following the recital in Daniel Chapel.
Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Robert Stickgold will discuss “Sleep, Memory and Dreams: Putting it All Together” when he speaks on the Furman University campus Thursday, Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. in Johns Hall 101. The event, free and open to the public, is part of a special colloquium series hosted by Furman’s Psychology Department. Stickgold, director of the medical school’s Center for Sleep and Cognition, is an internationally leading researcher investigating the cognitive functions of sleep. His work was among the first to establish the benefit of sleep for long-term memory formation and to describe how this process might occur in the brain.
The midterm elections on Nov. 4 delivered a big victory for the Republicans, who now have control of both the House and Senate. But what actually happened? Was the Democrats’ defeat a rejection of President Obama’s policies and a mandate for a more conservative agenda? Or did the American voters deliver a message that every politician on Capitol Hill should heed? Furman political science professor Jim Guth will look at the fallout from the midterm elections and talk about whether anything in Washington, D.C., is likely to change as a result when he speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.
Furman University Theatre will present Rebecca Gilman’s “The Sweetest Swing in Baseball” Nov. 12-15 and 19-22 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m. in the Playhouse on campus. Rising star painter Dana Fielding finds herself in a mental institution after her work is met with sharp criticism and her personal relationships implode. Informed that her health insurance will only pay for 10 days’ residency at the institution, Dana concocts a plan to dupe authorities into allowing her more time—she takes on the personality of Darryl Strawberry, a retired baseball player with a history of both success and failure, and who had the ‘sweetest swing in baseball.’