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Noted economist Blinder speaks Dec. 2

Alan S. Blinder, Princeton University economics professor and former Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, will speak on the Furman University campus Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Watkins Room of the Trone Student Center. His CLP talk, “Why Does the Economy Do Better Under Democratic Presidents?” is free and open to the public. Dr. Blinder’s presentation is the 2015-2016 American Enterprise lecture sponsored by the Furman Economics Department.

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FSO and Oratorio Chorus present “Messiah” Dec. 4

The Furman Symphony Orchestra and Oratorio Chorus will present Handel’s Messiah Friday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on campus. The event is part of the Sound Quality Concert Series and is open to the public. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students/youth. Directed by Dr. William Thomas, the FSO and Oratorio Chorus will present highlights of the work including the famous “Hallelujah” chorus. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.


Terrorism and the Future of Europe: Professor Nelsen Weighs In

The shock of the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris last week has been felt around the world, but the impact has been especially profound in Europe.  To gain a better understanding of what the immediate future holds for the European nations, Furman’s News and Media Relations office asked political science professor Dr. Brent Nelsen, who just returned from Brussels, Belgium with the university’s foreign study program, to answer a few questions about the situation there.


What Really Matters? Read President Davis’ Speech

Furman President Elizabeth Davis talked about what is truly important and why thinking like an accountant is not necessarily a bad thing when she delivered the “What Really Matters?” lecture on campus Tuesday evening in the Daniel Chapel. Her talk was part of L.D. Johnson Lecture Series that honors the memory of the late L.D. Johnson, who served as chaplain and professor of religion at Furman for nearly 15 years before his death in 1981.

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Engaging all the senses

We live in a closed world, blocked by objects—some solid, some symbolic, all immovable. Or so we think. Janke Klompmaker, Furman’s first True Inspiration Artist in Residence, seems to be exposing these barriers as self-imposed illusions with her unique form of installation art, a genre of location-specific, three-dimensional works that are designed to transform perception of a space. Her installation, “You’re Welcome, We’re Glad You’re Here,” is currently on display in the  Roe Art Building through Dec. 15.

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Furman Theatre presents “God of Carnage”

Furman University Theatre will present God of Carnage by Yazmina Reza Nov. 18-21, at 8 p.m., in The Playhouse on campus. Theatre Arts professor Rhett Bryson directs Reza’s play, which is translated by Christopher Hampton. Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $8 for students. In the production, a playground altercation between two 11-year-old boys brings together two sets of parents who attempt to resolve the matter in a civil way. Photo by Sam Nelson, ’16.

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Furman Symphonic Winds in concert Nov. 19

Furman Symphonic Winds will present its fall concert Thursday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium on the Furman University campus. Jubilee! is open to the public. Tickets are $5 for adults $3 for seniors and students. The CLP concert is presented by the Furman Department of Music. The performance features Furman’s Director of Bands, Leslie W. Hicken, who conducts the 85-member Symphonic Winds. Also conducting are Furman senior music education majors Hannah Carlson of Tallahassee, Fla., and Alex Helms of Rock Hill, S.C.

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Shi Center develops online learning module

In keeping with its mission “to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching in support of sustainability on campus and in the greater community,” the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman University has launched a free, open-source, online learning module for undergraduate and introductory graduate-level courses. The online learning module explores Sustainability Science and Full Cost Analysis (FCA). The project is the result of two years’ development by the Shi Center with generous multi-year support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.


President Davis to speak on “What Really Matters Nov. 17

Furman president Elizabeth Davis will speak on “What Really Matters?” Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. in Furman’s Daniel Chapel. Her CLP 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. Davis, who came to the university after spending 22 years at Baylor, became Furman’s 12th President on July 1, 2014.

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Lyric Theatre presents opera scenes recital Nov. 17

Furman University Lyric Theatre will present an opera scenes recital Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on campus. “Innocent Merriment: A celebration of operetta,” is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Music Department. Directed by Dr. Grant Knox, 22 students in Knox’s opera workshop class will perform various scenes from the operetta repertoire. Senior Abigail Hart is assistant director, and Furman’s David Gross is musical coach and pianist.