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Bankers’ Hours

As Furman hosts the Consumer Bankers Association Executive Banking School, the James B. Duke Library has altered operating hours from Sunday, July 23 – Tuesday, August 1. But don’t let the idiom “bankers’ hours” fool you. These students will be working around the clock. In fact, we’ve extended our hours to accommodate their needs. The CBA program requires a significant commitment from students, who spend 10 days over three summers on the Furman campus. Lectures are few and focused. Each essentially prepares students for a daily immersion in the program’s signature offering: demanding, hands-on drills that push bankers to make critical decisions to a bank’s health. Through the interactive exercises, students learn the core principles of successful retail and overall bank leadership.

James B. Duke Library
Sunday July 23 1:00pm-5:30pm
Monday July 24 8:00am-10:00pm
Tuesday July 25 8:00am-10:00pm
Wednesday July 26 8:00am-10:00pm
Thursday July 27 8:00am-10:00pm
Friday July 28 8:00am-6:00pm
Saturday July 29 1:00pm-5:00pm
Sunday July 30 8:00am-5:00pm
Monday August 1 8:00am-10:00pm
Congratulations to the class of 2016!

Independent Voices

We now have access to Independent Voices through our All Databases page.

Independent Voices is a digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.

161 Years of Furman Course Catalogs

Cover of 1965 Furman Course CatalogHave you ever wondered what classes Furman students were taking in 1881, or how much were students paying for tuition in 1852, or what athletic programs were offered in 1929? Now you can find out the answers to these questions and more!

161 years of Furman Course Catalogs (from 1852-2013) have been scanned and are available free online.

View  the Catalogs and Bulletins Collection.

And if you’re still curious, here are the answers to your questions:

Some interesting classes taught in 1881-1882: Mineralogy and Geology; Science of Rhetoric; Greek; Moral Philosophy – from the 1882 Course Catalog. Page 25

Cost of tuiton in 1852: “Forty-two Dollars per annum, payable in advance. There will be an extra charge of Two Dollars a year for fuel and incidental expenses.” – from the 1852 Course Catalog. Page 11

Athletic programs in 1929: “Furman is equipped for the maintenance of high athletic standards. Manly Field, built by the alumni in 1919, and named for the second President of Furman University, Dr. Charles Manly, is one of the most beautiful athletic fields in the South. The varsity football, baseball, and track teams use Manly Field for practice, and here take place the intercollegiate games. […] In addition, there are excellent tennis and volley-ball courts and a swimming pool, ample for all students.” – from the 1928-1929 Course Catalog. Page 38

Furman Concert Choir Online

The Furman Concert Choir poses in front of the Furman fountain in 1974

The Furman Concert Choir poses in front of the Furman fountain in 1974

The Digital Collections Center and the Special Collections and Archives have partnered with the Furman Concert Choir to create a digital collection of the Concert Choir’s albums.

The Furman Concert Choir was organized in 1960 as a small, auditioned group which performs choral music from all periods of music history. Under the direction of Dr. Milburn Price, the choir appeared at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Kansas City (1971), the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference in Philadelphia (1972), and numerous conferences of church musicians and music educators. Other significant engagements have included several television specials and two appearances with the distinguished jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck. In March of 1972, the choir made a highly successful eighteen-day tour of Brazil. In August of 1973, the group was one of five American choirs selected to participate in the Vienna Choral Symposium.

The albums in this collection date from 1965 through 1978.

Furman Concert Choir Digital Collection.

Refugee Library in Malawi

Refugee Library in Malawi

About the camp:
Dzaleka Refugee Camp was established by the Malawian government in 1994 and is now home to more than 28,000 refugees. The refugees and asylum-seekers originate from nine different countries, with great majorities of the people coming from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. Dzaleka, located just 45 minutes north of the capital Lilongwe, is a “permanent” refugee camp, meaning that community members living in Dzaleka are not expecting to return to their home countries, and are waiting for resettlement to the United States and Canada. Some refugees wait between 10-15 years to be resettled.

Since 2010, the Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) have been partnering with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Dzaleka. JRS offers pre-school, primary education, secondary education, and adult and vocational programs such as Higher Education at the Margins (HEM). HEM’s highest academic offering is the Diploma in Liberal Studies, an intensive three-year 45-credit degree awarded by Regis University in Colorado. HEM also offers a number of locally developed Community Service Learning Tracks. These eight-month long courses are developed on topics pertinent to community development with the goal of transforming community members into educated practitioners.

Students work on their distance learning courses at the Jesuit Refugee Services center in Malawi’s Dzaleka Refugee Camp. UNHCR/T.Ghelli

Twenty-three refugee students graduate in Dzaleka camp in Malawi with Diplomas in Liberal Studies from Denver’s Regis University via the Jesuit Refugee Service’s Higher Education at the Margins program. Peter Balleia

About the Dzaleka Community Library:
The Dzaleka Community Library serves as the sole public library to Dzaleka’s population of over 28,000 refugees and asylum seekers. Open nine hours a day and stocked with 6,000 donated books, the library provides a place of consistent peace and quiet where community members can read and research away from the constant bustle of the camp. Many new arrivals to the camp spend time in the library learning English, a critical step before applying to HEM’s university courses or integrating into English-speaking Malawian schools and host communities. Due to a lack of sufficient space in the camp’s schools, many community members also use the library as a self-learning center, using textbooks to self-teach before sitting for exams. In addition to the main reading room, the Dzaleka Community Library also hosts a Kids Corner, where Dzaleka’s youth come to read children’s books, attend reading hours, and play board games. A literacy campaign was recently launched from the library to help introduce a culture of reading in the camp and to increase English literacy.

About Furman University Libraries’ involvement:
In January 2017, we learned from Kate Kaup, Professor of Asian Studies and Political Science, that her niece Nadia Asmal is the Project Director for Higher Education at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp. In February, members of the Library Administration had a Skype call with Nadia to ascertain if there are ways the Furman University Libraries can assist and support the refugee camp library. Nadia mentioned that the library was in need of books–books to supplement what the students are using in school–textbooks that an American high school would have, books to learn English and science, and children’s books. The Technical Services Division of the Furman Libraries had just withdrawn materials from the Curriculum Collection, so the thought was, if these books would be helpful to the refugee library, then perhaps we could send them there. A spreadsheet was sent to Nadia listing the withdrawn items and she highlighted the books the library could use. She said she felt like “a kid in a candy store” as she went through the list and selected items that would be helpful.

The challenges over the past three and a half months have included figuring out how to get the books to Malawi (what companies could ship from here to there), finding out the exact address where they could be shipped, getting shipping quotes, understanding the duties and taxes and finding out if the shipment is exempt, and ultimately finding a donor who would pay the shipping cost. Lots of phone calls and waiting for calls back with the information. DHL was identified as the most cost effective courier. For approximately $4900, they will provide door to door service with delivery in 6-10 days.

Upon hearing the good news, Nadia wrote:
“Amazing!!! Thank you so much for making this happen. Please pass along my gratitude to the donors and please let me know if I can reach out to them with a personal thanks. We just had an intake of new students and were only able to take 45 of the 500+ applicants. More books in the library means that more students can self-study and meet the needs that our Jesuit Refugee Service classes can’t. These books will be a huge asset to the Dzaleka community.”

About Jesuit Refugee Services Alumni:
Refugees Earn Diplomas from Jesuit Regis University
Malawi: Education Initiative Impacts Young Lives
Inspired by His Father, Enabled by His Education
Malawi: Dzaleka Secondary Students Compete in National Math Olympiad
Malawi: Women Refugees as Community Leaders
Albert’s Story: ‘They See Us Only as Refugees’
Guitars from Malawi Camp Hit Right Note with Musicians Around the World

Literacy Corner Celebration

The graduate students enrolled in the Masters of Literacy Education have been tutoring children from the community as part of the Advanced Practicum course (also known as Literacy Corner). Today, during the Literacy Corner Celebration, parents were invited to come and see what their children have been learning. The graduate students started off the Celebration by sharing word solving strategies and activities and apps for at-home practice. Literacy Corner students demonstrated their reading skills. Each student was given a book bag with a Furman T-shirt and a book selected especially for their reading preferences. The Celebration concluded with a visit to the Literacy Corner Gallery where parents, students, and teachers viewed and discussed various reading strategies. 



4th of July Hours

Due to the Independence Day holiday, the James B. Duke Library will close at 5:00 pm on Monday, July 3rd and will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th. We will reopen on Wednesday, July 5th at 8:00 am.  To help get your 4th off to a good start, here are just a few of the library’s great resources on the subject.

The full text of the Declaration of Independence can be found online via the library’s catalog.  Published by the Government Printing Office, this electronic government document includes the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence (beginning on p. 35).

Parker’s Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina: Battles, Skirmishes, and Murders (located in Special Collections and Archives – Library Use Only)

Andrew Pickens: South Carolina Patriot in the Revolutionary War

Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation

The Patriot (DVD)

Donate Books to Greenville Literacy in the Library

The James B. Duke Library is a drop-off location for books you would like to donate to the Greenville Literacy Association.  The collection box is at the Research Assistance Desk. Books will be accepted through the week of July 23rd.
After giving away books you no longer want to own, you can load up on new books at the Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale! This annual August
event is a massive new and gently used book sale to help raise money for the Greenville Literacy Association’s drive to improve adult literacy levels in Greenville County. There are tons of books at the sale — fiction and non-fiction, modern and classic, hardbound and soft cover — all at ridiculously low prices.

Click here for dates, place and lots more information.

Book Recommendations by History Faculty

David Spear recommends Bruce Catton’s Waiting for the Morning Train: An American Boyhood (1972). Catton earned fame as the author of some fifteen books on the Civil War, but his best work might be his memoir. He grew up in northern Michigan at the turn of the twentieth century. The sentimental title, leads one to expect something boring or treacly. Instead, the book is utterly engaging. Catton’s writing is stellar; his memories are vivid, his thoughtful analysis of the so-called march of progress leaves you reeling, and his insights into human nature are at once steely-eyed yet sympathetic. This title is available through PASCAL.

Marian Strobel recommends Kathryn Smith’s The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency (2016). Smith is a journalist from Anderson, South Carolina, and she has written a revealing biography of Marguerite (“Missy”) LeHand, the fun-loving and highly competent private secretary/ executive assistant who worked closely with Franklin Roosevelt from the 1920’s until her own death in 1944. Through meticulous primary research, Smith has provided an intimate look at the private FDR and his working and social relationships, not only with LeHand, but also with Eleanor and many other New Deal luminaries. This title is available in our General Collection.

Erik Ching recommends the latest installment of his ‘reading history books to his dad.’ This year’s selection is Anne Hyde’s Empires, Nations, and Families: A History of the North American West, 1800–1860 (2012)—winner of the 2012 Bancroft Price (top prize for U.S. history by the American Historical Association) and a finalist for a Pulitzer in 2012. Hyde combines close detail with expansive overviews and has written a book that is gripping in a subtle way. Some of its content bears remarkable similarity to the film “The Revenant,” namely the fur trade in the upper Missouri, and the importance of family ties and ethnic mixing. This title is available in our General Collection.

Courtney Tollison recommends Adam Makos’s and Larry Alexander’s A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II (2012). It’s the story of a damaged American bomber flying over wartime Germany as a Messerschmitt fighter pulls up behind it, flown by the German ace Franz Stigler. But instead of destroying the bomber, Franz….well, you’ll just have to read the book, which Courtney describes as “an unlikely, riveting history of the relationship between a Luftwaffe pilot and USAAF pilot who find each other once again later in life. If you enjoyed Unbroken, you will really enjoy A Higher Call.” This title is available in our catalog as an eBook.

Hilary Falb-Kalisman recommends Tom Segev’s One Palestine Complete: Jews and Arabs under the British Mandate (2000). Trained as a historian, but working as a journalist, Segev offers a panoramic view of the Mandate for Palestine, from British, Jewish and Arab perspectives. Under Britain’s tutelage, sanctioned by the newly created League of Nations, the Mandate lasted from 1922 until 1948. Meant to ease the transition from empire to nationstate, while advancing Britain’s interests, the Mandate for Palestine had the added hurdle of different national aspirations: only the Jewish national home was required by the Mandate’s charter. Segev’s book is not the easiest introduction to historical events, or controversies. However, it’s a wonderfully entertaining book that makes this period come alive in a way few histories, particularly histories of the Middle East, manage to do. This title is available in our General Collection.

These titles were recommended in the most recent edition of the History at Furman newsletter. To find more book recommendations, search the History Department’s newsletter archive.