Helping out low-income homeowners

Roy Johnson didn’t know when he’d ever get enough money to seal leaks, do caulking, insulation and other projects to weatherize his home. As it turned out, he didn’t need to. That work was done free, courtesy of a partnership between Furman’s Community Conservation Corps (CCC) and Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County. The partnership, […]

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Thomas sounds off on educational opportunity vs. accountability

Furman education professor Dr. Paul Thomas spars with editors of The State who, in a Jan. 7 piece, say school accountability should not be abandoned with the dismantling of No Child Left Behind. Thomas says education reform in South Carolina should be based on equity of opportunity, not accountability since “the greatest predictor of high […]

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BOOSTing afterschool learning

More than 100,000 children in South Carolina are unsupervised between the hours of 3 and 6 p.m.—a huge chunk of time in which a great deal of learning and mentoring can take place. Melissa Huff (United Way of Greenville County) and Cathy Stevens (Riley Institute at Furman University) aim to ensure children have the opportunity […]

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Charleston organist Ludlum retires

After 35 years as Organist and Director of Music at the historic St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Charleston, S.C., W. Douglas Ludlum is stepping down. The 73-year-old stalwart graduated Furman in 1965, then went on to Union Theological Seminary in New York. He also spent time in Vietnam, and later developed a love for the […]

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Furman’s Malici calls for reason over rhetoric and fear-mongering

Furman University political science professor Dr. Akan Malici offers another opinion piece in the Greenville News—his third in as many months. In it, he notes the consequences of succumbing to the barrage of media hype and political fear-mongering, saying, “Pervasive fear is dangerous because it inhibits reason, the very faculty we need in times of […]


Making the holidays a little brighter

Jeremiah Drummond, a Dorman High School senior, is helping needy families capture the Christmas spirit this year by providing free holiday portraits to needy families.  His initiative, “Picture a Family Together,” is a service project he developed for the Riley Institute’s Emerging Public Leaders program at Furman. When Drummond and a team of volunteers spent […]


An educational moment in Brussels

As the search for a suspected terrorist spread to Brussels, Belgium following the recent attacks in Paris, a study away group from Furman got an experience it never expected—a close-up look at the top news story in the world. A broadcast crew from South Carolina Public Radio came to campus recently to talk with Furman […]

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Malici: We must starve “clash of civilizations” narrative

While sensational and headline-grabbing, political rhetoric directed at Muslims “plays into the hands of terrorist propaganda that America is at war with Islam,” says Furman University Political Science Professor Akan Malici. He describes how feeding the “clash of civilizations” narrative is counterproductive to defeating ISIS, and urges us to focus on American democracy and values. […]


Furman alums write about the Merkel magic

Before Time magazine named Angela Merkel its 2015 Person of the Year, Furman alums Claire Greenstein ’11 and Brandon Tensley ’12 wrote about the influential German Chancellor for Foreign Affairs magazine. In the op-ed, “The Merkel Magic,” the two wrote that “although some of Merkel’s policies will remain controversial, her position as chancellor is secure.” […]

Photo by Bart Boatwright, Greenville News. Used with permission.

Liz Seman gives back through leadership

In the Greenville nonprofit and public service spheres, Liz Seman’s name is synonymous with servant leadership. The Furman University Executive Director of Corporate Engagement has played a part in a trove of organizations including the Greenville Chamber, Greenville Forward, Palmetto Bank Community Board, Meals on Wheels, and the American Red Cross, to name a few. […]