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Diwali: The Festival of Lights

by Krissa Stewart, Library Intern, Summer 2017 Diwali: October 19, 2017  Festival of Lights; celebration of the victory of good over evil Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and one of the most popular festivals of Hinduism. So popular, that several countries have declared it a national holiday. Diwali signifies the triumph of light over […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates the Indigenous peoples of North America. It is celebrated in various localities in the United States. It began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day, promoting Native American culture and commemorating the history of Native American peoples. – from Wikipedia Columbus Day, in the United States, holiday (originally October […]

Celebrating Disability Inclusion

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The Furman Libraries and the Student Office for Accessibility Resources are celebrating with a display in the Research Commons of the Duke Library. The display features an informational poster (with a Braille translation) and a selection of disability-related fiction and non-fiction books available for check-out. There is also […]

Significance of Ashura

Ashura 2017 will begin in the evening of Friday, September 29. Ashura in A Concise Encyclopedia of Islam A twenty-four hour non-obligatory fast celebrated on the tenth of Muharram, it was first performed by Muhammad. Among the Sunni, the day is marked as a commemoration of the day Nuh left the ark, and the door […]

Shubh Navratri!

Navratri: September 21– September 30, 2017 by Krissa Stewart, Library Intern, Summer 2017 Navratri is a nine day Hindu festival celebrated in the fall of each year. In the eastern and north eastern states of India, Navratri is synonymous with Durga Puja, when the warrior goddess Durga battled a buffalo demon to help restore dharma. […]

Rosh Hashanah: To a Good Year

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for self-reflection and examination of conscience. It is observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 20 and ends at nightfall on September 22. The holiday is a time to […]

P.S. Remove the records!

When British troops began to advance toward the United States’ new capital of Washington in the summer of 1814, it was clear that government leaders had not prepared an adequate defense for the city and its government buildings. Upon seeing the British advancing toward Washington, Secretary of State James Monroe, dispatched a note to President […]

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month

    From September 15th to October 15th, organizations around the U.S. will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring the many contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to our society. Do you need to brush up on your Spanish or Portuguese? Mango Languages offers Spanish (Latin America), Spanish (Spain), and Portuguese courses. Mango Languages is an online […]

9/11: The World Speaks

In commemoration of the sixteenth anniversary of September 11th, the Furman University Libraries are highlighting the eBook, 9/11: The World Speaks. More than four million people from across the United States and around the world have come through the galleries of the 9/11 Tribute Museum, formerly known as the Tribute WTC Visitor Center. A project of […]

Labor Day Schedule

In observance of Labor Day, the James B. Duke Library will be operating on an adjusted schedule: Sep 3 Sun 10:00am – 5:00pm Sep 4 Mon 10:00am – 1:00am Learn more about the history of Labor Day by visiting the United States Department of Labor website. Did you know that more than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still […]