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Remembering a lone voice against the Vietnam War

Fifty years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution, which opened the door for America’s involvement in Vietnam. Among the two dissenting voices in Congress was Sen. Wayne Morse of Oregon, who gave an impassioned and historic speech against the resolution’s passage. Furman communication studies professor Sean O’Rourke will examine the speech and Morse’s prescient arguments against what would become the most controversial war in U.S. history when he speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. His lecture—“50 Years Later: Senator Wayne Morse, the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution and the Vietnam War”—begins at noon.

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Richard Furman and James C. Furman digital collection now available

Furman University Special Collections & Archives has launched its Richard Furman and James C. Furman digital collection. The collection features more than 700 letters and sermons from Richard Furman (the University’s namesake) and James C. Furman (the University’s first president). The collection may be viewed at this link.

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Furman Chorale and Singers to perform Oct. 28

The Furman University Chorale and Furman Singers will present their fall concert Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus. The concert is free and open to the public and is a CLP. Conducted by Furman music professors Dr. Vivian Hamilton and Dr. Hugh Floyd, the program includes a mix of sacred and traditional hymns and spirituals.

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Bridges to a Brighter Future hosts college admissions expert

Bridges to a Brighter Future Furman University will present a program for students and families who want a better understanding of the selective college admission and scholarship process Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m., in the Kroc Center located at 424 Westfield Street in downtown Greenville. Free and open to the public, “Admission Unveiled: Understanding Selective College Admission & Scholarship Programs,” features guest speaker Mr. Kevin C. Hudson, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Education Access Granted.

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Wilson named Executive Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement

Mike Wilson, a 1988 Furman University graduate who earned six varsity letters as a member of the football and track teams, has been named Executive Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement at the university. A native of Iva who resides with his family in the Wren community of Anderson County, Wilson attended Furman on a football scholarship and graduated with a B.A. degree in political science. He also holds an MBA from Winthrop University, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Anderson School District One.

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Meet Mike Wilson ’88

After an hour spent with Mike Wilson, newly appointed executive director of alumni and parent engagement, one can quickly identify the common threads that unite all who have experienced Furman.

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A Republican Rout at the Midterm Elections?

With the 2014 midterm elections less than a month away, what is likely to happen? The conventional wisdom says the Republicans will remain in control of the House of Representatives and the Democrats could well lose control of the Senate. Furman political science professor Danielle Vinson will discuss what is expected to transpire during next month’s elections and what it could mean for the political future of America when she speaks at the university’s High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman. Her lecture—““How Big Will the GOP Victory Be?”—begins at noon.

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Furman to hold ribbon-cutting for new campus trail Oct. 22

The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new sidewalk that connects the Furman campus to The Vinings at Duncan Chapel apartment complex Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. in front of Timmons Arena. In addition to the ribbon-cutting, the celebration includes food, music, a prize raffle and a community parade led by Furman’s Paladin Regiment Marching Band.

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Lillian Brock Flemming to speak Oct. 20

Councilwoman, educator and activist Lillian Brock Flemming will deliver the L.D. Johnson lecture, “What Really Matters?” Monday, Oct. 20, at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus. Flemming’s talk is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains. A CLP, the event is part of a series of programs commemorating 50 Years of Desegregation at Furman.

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Furman hosts foreign language conference this weekend

Nearly 200 college professors and other educators and scholars will converge on the Furman campus when the university hosts the 64th annual Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference Oct. 16-18. The MIFLC is an annual forum of university, college, and high school scholars and teachers for exchanging ideas and advancing the cause of scholarship in foreign language studies. Organizing the conference this year are Furman Modern Languages and Literatures professors Dr. Jeremy Cass (Spanish) and Dr. Marianne Bessy (French).