Robert Lupton

“Toxic Charity” author to deliver Good Lecture April 7

Robert Lupton, author of Toxic Charity and founder of FCS Urban Ministries in Atlanta, will deliver the Peggy and Ed Good Lecture at Furman Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. in Daniel Chapel. Lupton’s talk, “Toxic Charity: How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help and How to Reverse It,” is free and open to the public. It is presented by the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection at Furman. The lecture was rescheduled after Lupton’s February visit to campus was cancelled due to bad weather.

President Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis installed as Furman’s 12th President

In a ceremony awash with tradition, color and splendor, Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., was installed as Furman’s 12th President March 19 in McAlister Auditorium. Themes of renewal, tradition and community echoed throughout the 1,850-seat auditorium filled with special guests, trustees, alumni and members of the University community. “Presidential inaugurations have not occurred very often in the life of this institution,” said Trustee Chair Robert Hill Jr. ’83. “So it is with a keen sense of history that we gather to celebrate the formal installation of President Davis.”

Dani Rodnik

Economics, ideas and interests

The role of ideas in political economics helps explain why a vested interest of an elite class is not always the explanation for issues such as the dual-track reforms in China in the 1970s and 1980s or the democratization in South Africa after Apartheid, said Dr. Dani Rodrik. Rodrik, a renowned expert on political economy […]

Public Engagement Panel Discussion

Faculty examine Furman’s role in the community

From community volunteerism and internships to educational outreach and research collaborations, Furman impacts the Greenville community through a myriad of endeavors. Those connections are rewarding, enriching and sometimes prickly. But they are all important, according to a panel of four professors who took part in a Tuesday presentation titled “Public Engagement and the University.” “At […]

Live Video Streaming for Inauguration Convocation

Furman will provide live video streaming of the inauguration of its twelfth president, Dr. Elizabeth Davis. Coverage begins at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 19. The service is provided for free by the Southern Conference Network. Watch the event through the Southern Conference Network​.​​​

03.03.15 media

Internet, mass media impact press-government relations

In today’s world, talk about what goes in our nation’s Capital is common place. But are we really being told everything that takes place in our nation’s capital? On Feb. 24, former host of CNN’s Crossfire and nationally syndicated radio show host Bill Press spoke to a group of about 15 Furman students and faculty members in McEachern Lecture Hall about the relationship between media and politics. The lecture was titled “Political Press: Washington Perspective”.


‘House of Cards’ writer has Furman connection

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Thomas recognized in Choice magazine

De-Testing and De-Grading Schools, a collection of essays co-edited by Furman University Education Professor Paul Thomas, has been named an Outstanding Academic 2014 title by Choice magazine. Every year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a prestigious list of the best in scholarly titles reviewed during the previous calendar year. Thomas’ […]


Fuel Furman Launches

When it comes to raising funds that support Furman students, every dollar counts. FUEL Furman is a crowd-funding platform organized by the Office of Annual Giving and the Student Government Association that gives our alumni the opportunity to fund student projects that will positively impact the Furman community. Through support based on micro-philanthropy principles (similar […]


Charles Townes ’35, beloved scientist, teacher and Nobel Prize winner, dies at 99

Charles Townes, a Nobel Prize winning scientist, Greenville native and a 1935 graduate of Furman University, died today. He was 99. Arguably Greenville’s most illustrious citizen, Dr. Townes received the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his pioneering work in the development of the maser and laser.