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Pollster Peter Hart to conduct Republican focus group Thursday

With the South Carolina Republican primary less than two weeks away, the Riley Institute at Furman will team up with WYFF 4 on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. to livestream a voter focus group conducted by nationally known pollster Peter Hart. Hart, the pollster for NBC News and Wall Street Journal, will conduct a 90-minute focus group consisting of 10 South Carolina Republicans who have committed to vote in the state’s Feb. 20 Republican primary. The exclusive livestream event will take place in the WYFF 4 studios, and can be viewed live online.

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Library exhibition explores post-WWII Furman

A new exhibition about post-World War II student life at Furman is on display at James B. Duke Library through May 31. The exhibition, “A Return to Normalcy? Growing Pains, Furmanville, and Life at Post-World War II Furman,” is the culmination of history major Tyler Edmond’s (’17) internship project with Special Collections and Archives. Edmond  was assisted by history professor Courtney Tollison and Jeffrey Makala, Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist.

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Organist Caroline Robinson in concert Feb. 11

Furman University will present a concert featuring Greenville native and emerging young star organist Caroline Robinson Thursday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus. The recital is open to the public and is presented by the Furman Hartness Organ Series. Tickets, available in advance or at the door, are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The recital will be performed on Furman’s Hartness Organ (Opus 121 of C.B. Fisk Organ Builders), and features works by Sweelinck, Lübeck, J.S. Bach, Widor, Duruflé, and Calvin Hampton.

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From Iowa to New Hampshire: Professor Guth Looks at 2016 Presidential Election

The 2016 U.S. presidential race came a little more into focus this week as the Iowa caucuses took place on Monday and the candidates prepared for the New Hampshire primary on Feb. 9. Furman political science professor Jim Guth, who has spent more than 40 years analyzing the political landscape in America, agreed to answer a few questions about the presidential race and what the immediate future might hold for the candidates.

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Film “Raise the Roof” depicts reconstruction of lost synagogue

During the Nazi invasion of Poland, dozens of 17th- and 18th-century wooden synagogues were obliterated. “Raise the Roof” is a film about reconstructing the intricately painted central room of the Gwoździec synagogue, which was destroyed in 1941. The Furman art department will present a screening of the film Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Burgiss Theatre, Trone Student Center. The screening is followed by a discussion from artists who led the project. The event is free and open to the public. Film sponsor, FUART, will accept optional donations.

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Halfacre appointed to new role in community engagement

Furman President Elizabeth Davis has announced that Dr. Angela Halfacre has been named Special Advisor to the President for Community Engagement, strengthening a renewed emphasis on Furman’s role in Greenville and South Carolina. Halfacre, a Professor of Political Science and Earth and Environmental Sciences who has also served since 2008 as Director of the University’s David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, began her new duties on Feb. 1.

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Noted pollster Peter Hart to discuss “The Mood of America 2016″

Peter D. Hart, one of America’s leading pollsters and public policy experts, will speak on campus Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in Younts Conference Center. His talk, “The Mood of America 2016: The Presidential Race,” is free and open to the public.  It is presented by the Riley Institute at Furman. Hart, who’ll be on campus Feb. 8-12 as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Residence, will examine the mood of the American electorate and what it is looking for in the next president of the United States.

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Riley Institute co-presents SC Energy Forum Feb. 5

An in-depth discussion about three of the major energy issues facing South Carolina will take center stage when the eighth annual Law & Society Symposium is held in Charleston Friday, Feb. 5. The day-long symposium, “The Law of Energy,” will examine the subjects of offshore drilling, solar energy and nuclear energy. Hosted by the Charleston Law Review of the Charleston School of Law and the Riley Institute, the forum will take place at the Charleston Music Hall on John Street. SC DHEC Director Catherine Heigel will deliver the keynote address.

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Furman Theatre to stage Simon’s “Rumors”

Furman University Theatre will present Rumors by Neil Simon Feb. 17-20 and 25-27 at 8 p.m., with matinee showings Feb. 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. All performances take place in The Playhouse on campus. Directed by guest artist and Furman alumna Carol Sutton, the production is open to the public. NBC TV dubs the play “Not only side splitting, but front and back splitting.” Tickets are $16 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $8 for students.

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Fox News contributor Juan Williams speaks Feb. 3

Fox News contributor and author Juan Williams will speak on the campus of Furman University Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Younts Conference center. His CLP talk, “A Sustaining Responsibility: King and the Exercise of Non-Violence,” is free and open to the public. Williams’ lecture is part of “Building the Beloved Community 2016,” a series of events commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.