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World War I was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history. Furman professor Carolyn Day will examine how the missing and the dead were treated during and after World War I as well as look at the continuing efforts to honor the soldiers who gave their lives when she speaks at the university’s High Noon lecture series Wednesday, April 1 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. Her lecture, “And Also for his Brother: Grief and the Missing in World War I,” begins at noon. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. John Wheeler, professor of chemistry and Director of Integrative Research in the Sciences at Furman, has received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution in recognition of his laboratory accomplishments and efforts to support science research and education across South Carolina. The award, presented last week by the office of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, was one of four “Excellence in Science” awards that honored individuals “whose achievements and contributions to science in South Carolina merit special recognition.”
Historian and best-selling author David McCullough, a two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, will speak on “Leadership and the History You Don’t Know” Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at The Poinsett Club in Greenville. Sponsored by the American History Book Club and Furman University, “An Evening with David McCullough” will include a 5:30 p.m. reception and book signing with the author. Tickets for the lecture are $100 per person; tickets for the reception are an additional $75.
Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity and founder of FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta, will deliver the Peggy and Ed Good Lecture at Furman Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Chapel. Lupton’s talk, “Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It,” is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection at Furman. The lecture was rescheduled after Lupton’s February visit to campus was cancelled due to bad weather.
Susan Shi, the former First Lady at Furman and a current member of the school’s Board of Trustees, will speak on “What Really Matters?” Tuesday, March 31 at 7 p.m. in Furman’s Daniel Chapel. Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Furman’s Chaplains Office and is part of the L.D. Johnson Lecture Series. Susan Shi spent 16 years (1994-2010) serving as Furman’s First Lady in partnership with President David Shi. A 1971 Furman graduate, she received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from the university in 2010 and joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.
Furman has earned a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) in recognition of its sustainability achievements across the campus. The university will celebrate its new “gold” status with a special event on the James B. Duke Library porch Tuesday, March 24 from 12:30-2 p.m. The celebration will include remarks by President Elizabeth Davis at 12:45 p.m. The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
Robert K. Musil, president and CEO of the Rachel Carson Council, will speak on campus Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center. A reception and book signing will follow. His talk, “Hope for a Heated Planet: What Would Rachel Carson Do?” is presented by the Riley Institute. The event is free and open to the public, and is part of the university’s Cultural Life Program. Dr. Musil, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, will be on the Furman campus March 22-27, and will spend time interacting with students and discussing how they can be civically engaged, take on leadership roles, and make a difference.
The Furman University Music Department’s Lyric Theatre will present Diary of One Who Vanished, Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. Directed by Furman Professor of Voice Grant Knox, D.M., the performance is open to the public. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students. Diary of One Who Vanished is co-presented with the Furman Women’s Chorale and is conducted by Furman Music Professor Vivian Hamilton, D.M.A. Guest Martin Katz accompanies the Women’s Chorale, tenor Knox and mezzo-soprano Magdalena Wor of Atlanta.
In a ceremony awash with tradition, color and splendor, Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., was installed as Furman’s 12th President March 19 in McAlister Auditorium. Themes of renewal, tradition and community echoed throughout the 1,850-seat auditorium filled with special guests, trustees, alumni and members of the University community. “Presidential inaugurations have not occurred very often in the life of this institution,” said Trustee Chair Robert Hill Jr. ’83. “So it is with a keen sense of history that we gather to celebrate the formal installation of President Davis.”
What causes us to dream? Furman psychology professor Erin Wamsley will provide some answers to that question when she speaks at the university’s High Noon spring lecture series Wednesday, March 25 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. Her lecture, “Memories in the Sleeping Brain: The New Neuroscience of Dreams,” begins at noon. It is free and open to the public. Wamsley’s talk is the second of four High Noon lectures presented by Furman professors during the spring.