America must understand Iran

More than 30 years ago the leading Iran historian James Bill argued, “America knows astonishingly little about Iran.” Unfortunately, we still have many things wrong. Contrary to conventional assumptions, Iranian foreign policy is not made by irrational clerics. Iranians are not seeking a nuclear program with offensive motivations. In an op-ed for The Greenville News, […]


A reminder of educational failure

South Carolina has contributed significantly to the 30-plus years of education accountability begun under President Ronald Reagan in the early 1980s, including the high-profile court case over school funding detailed in the documentary Corridor of Shame. PBS has turned the education reform spotlight on Hartsville with a documentary that will again raise questions about the […]


Building on a legacy of courage and compassion

What is next for Furman? For almost 190 years, through good times and bad, the university has routinely asked itself that question. As Furman’s newest president, Dr. Elizabeth Davis realizes that question hasn’t lost its power. In an op-ed for The Greenville News, President Davis looks forward, wanting to make sure Furman can remain relevant […]

President Elizabeth Davis

Beyond the campus walls and into the community

Furman President Elizabeth Davis used her inaugural address on March 19 to lay out her vision for the university to step further beyond its campus walls and into the community. It’s time to rethink what “engaged learning” is about in a world where students are searching to become even more engaged by volunteering and solving […]

President Davis looks forward

The formal inauguration in March of Furman President Elizabeth Davis’ comes after nine months on the job in which she has devoted much time to listening and learning about the university and the community that surrounds it. Her approach to putting together her goals and initiatives has been strategic and intentional as she looks for […]


Affirm all college students

South Carolina, including the Upstate, is home to many fine colleges and universities that have provided leadership, guidance and inspiration to their communities. This is certainly true for Erskine College.  But when the Erskine Board of Trustees released a statement which concluded that sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage is not only “sinful” but also […]

President Davis talks about Furman

As Elizabeth Davis prepares for her formal inauguration on March 19 as Furman’s 12th president, she said the university is poised to increase its impact in Greenville while it works to more clearly define its role in higher education at a time when the value and costs of college, particularly private liberal arts education, have […]

Yik Yak founders Furman

The Yik Yak buzz continues

In much the same way that Facebook swept through the dorm rooms of America’s college students a decade ago, Yik Yak is now taking their smartphones by storm. The social media network was created in 2013 by Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington, fraternity brothers who graduated from Furman in 2013. Because its users can post […]


Conservatives and public education reform

Support for small government, free markets, fiscal responsibility and strong local communities defines conservatism. Conservatives emphasize the importance of individual freedom, but also recognize the need to check human passion using the traditional pillars of civilization: law, government, religion and education. Conservatives increasingly see the need for reform in South Carolina’s public education system, but […]


Sweet dreams in the Furman lab

Sleep. Most of us look forward to it as a way to recuperate from a hectic day and prepare our bodies and minds for the next. But researchers in the Psychology Department at Furman are looking at another function of sleep that isn’t typically associated with slumber—memory. “My work follows one hypothesis, which is that […]