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CLICK HERE to win a private study room during exams!

The library has created a private, upgraded study room reserved for the “Scholar of the Month” and their friends.  Perks include:

Want to become the Scholar of the Month? You can enter electronically by clicking the purple button. One entry per person per month.

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on December 1st and email the results to all who entered. The Scholar of the Month will also be announced on the library’s blog, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Say goodbye to hunting for a vacant study room. Say hello to privacy, comfort, convenience, and storage space!

fine print: The Scholar of the Month contest is limited to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  Sorry, Freshmen!

Smithsonian Global Sound

Pick up a new beat, poem or speech
Smithsonian Global Sound

Celebrate International Education Week by checking out Smithsonian Global Sound (SGS). It’s the largest and most comprehensive streaming audio collection of world music.  It currently provides streaming access to over 3,000 albums and more than 40,000 individual tracks of music, spoken word, and natural and humanmade sounds.

What’s in there?!

  • World music like “Indian Music of the Upper Amazon,” “Game Songs of French Canada,” and “Mongolia: Traditional Music.”
  • Poetry – Listen to Nikki Giovanni read “Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day” or “The Beep Beep Poem.”
  • Compilations of personal testimonies like “The Story of Greenwood, Mississippi,” narrated by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) co-founder Bob Moses. The testimonies – great primary sources – highlight the struggle endured by African-Americans in the SNCC during the Freedom Ballot campaign of 1963.
  • Children’s songs like “¡Come bien! Eat Right!” produced by Grammy-winning artist Quetzal Flores.  All  tracks appear in Spanish and in English.

There’s something for everyone in SGS.

Browse or search by title, instrument, cultural group, place, genre, and more.

Users can create playlists and download the complete liner notes for a more thorough understanding of each recording. Tutorials for these options and more are available at

Let us know your favorites from the collection!

Anime Festival in Library this Friday

Anime Festival: First Episodes

Friday, Nov. 17, 2:30-5

Free! Snacks! Room 043 (downstairs)

Sponsored by the Furman Anime Club & the Libraries, as part of International Education Week

International Education Week 2017

NOVEMBER 13-17, 2017

International Education Week, a nationally observed celebration presented by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, aims to highlight the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Universities, colleges, K-12 schools, non profit organizations, and local governments are encouraged to participate by hosting events that display the international presence at their institution. Furman University is proud to celebrate International Education Week.

The most recent statistics were released this morning. Read the 2017 Open Doors Fast Facts – and see the 2017 Infographics.

We start the week with the “Stick A Pin In It” map display in the research commons of the James B. Duke library.  We invite our international students, faculty and staff to stick a “flag pin” on their hometown and our domestic students, faculty and staff to stick a “ball pin” on a destination they most want to visit. Happy pinning!

Be sure to check out “Jimmy’s Picks” this week.  Also located in the research commons, Jimmy has created the ultimate travel display. Let him help you choose your next MayX or semester study abroad destination.

“Call My Name”

CLP:  Call My Name: Documenting African American Life and Labor in Early Clemson University History
Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 4-5:30pm
McEachern Lecture Hall ⋅ Sponsored by the Furman Debate Society

Over the last several years, Dr. Rhondda Thomas has devoted herself to collaborative research effort examining a six-generational history of African Americans at Clemson University, a project she has entitled “Call My Name.” Dr. Thomas will come to Furman to deliver a keynote address about her work with “Call My Name,” including the technical setup of her digital advocacy project complimenting and contrasting with her institution’s official webpages; the archival process in collecting the information despite resistance from the archives; and finally, her recent successes to recognize African-American history at Clemson and goals for future work with the National Endowment for the Humanities and other campus sites.

The James B. Duke Library’s collection includes the following books authored and edited by Dr. Rhondda Thomas:

Claiming Exodus: A Cultural History of Afro-Atlantic Identity, 1774-1903 – During the 18th century, American Puritans introduced migrant and enslaved Africans to the Exodus story. In contrast to the ways white Americans appropriated the texts to defend the practice of slavery, African migrants and slaves would recast the Exodus in defense of freedom and equality, creating narratives that would ultimately propel abolition and result in a wellspring of powerful writing.

Drawing on a broad collection of Afro-Atlantic authors, Rhondda Robinson Thomas shows how writers such as Absalom Jones, Daniel Coker, and W.E.B. Du Bois employed the Exodus metanarrative to ask profound, difficult questions of the African experience. These writers employed it as a literary muse, warranting, Thomas contends, that they be classified and studied as a unique literary genre. Through an arresting reading of works renowned to the largely unknown, Claiming Exodus uncovers in these writings a robust foundation for enacting political change and a stimulating picture of Africans constructing their own identity in a new and unfamiliar land. – from the publisher

The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought: A Reader – South Carolina has always loomed larger in the national imagination, particularly in terms of political and social policy, than its size and population might justify. The audacity and the often astonishing character of thinkers and political figures who have hailed from this region might suggest that climate affects personality. Edward Rutledge challenged the condemnation of the slave trade in the initial draft of the Declaration of Independence; John C. Calhoun penned the audacious philosophy of state nullification; Citadel cadets fired shots at Fort Sumter; and Senator Strom Thurmond defended racial segregation with the longest filibuster in Senate history. South Carolina has always used its passion to influence national debate.

Rhondda Robinson Thomas and Susanna Ashton seek in this collection to remedy the singularly narrow way in which South Carolina’s intellectual character has been defined in the popular imagination. Thomas and Ashton document an equally important tradition that parallels that of white radical thought. Through this anthology they reveal a tradition of national prominence and influence of black intellectuals, educators, journalists, and policy analysts from South Carolina. These native and adopted citizens mined their experiences to shape their thinking about the state and the nation. Francis Grimké, Daniel Payne, Mary McLeod Bethune, Kelly Miller, Septima Clark, Benjamin Mays, Marian Wright Edelman, and Jesse Jackson have changed this nation for the better with their questions, challenges, and persistence—all in the proudest South Carolinian tradition. – from the publisher

Student Diversity Photo Contest

Student Diversity Photograph Contest. Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Winners!

The Furman Libraries and Center for Inclusive Communities are sponsoring a Student Diversity Photograph Contest that provides prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

We are seeking digital photographs that represent what diversity and inclusion look like to students at Furman. Along with the photo, we are seeking a brief description that “tells the story” of the photograph. The contest is open to all undergraduate day, UES, and graduate students, and each student may submit up to 3 photographs.

Read the contest guidelines and submit your entry today!

Calling all bibliophiles!

The Furman Bibliophiles will host a gathering Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 3:30 PM in the Pitts Room of the James B. Duke Library. Professor of English Emeritus, Duncan MacArthur, will display an array of 17th and 18th century British periodicals, some from his own collection, and discuss the literary developments and peculiarities inherent in the writing and publishing of the serial press of the era. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible. Light refreshments will be served.

Lies Furman Should Not Believe

Award-winning author and historian James W. Loewen will speak on the Furman University campus Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Younts Conference Center about the rise of the neo-Confederate South in the 1890s and the shadow it still casts over America today.

His talk, “The Most Important Era in U.S. History You Never Heard of, and Why It’s Especially Important at Furman,” is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Furman’s Humanities Development Fund; the Task Force on Slavery and Justice; and the Departments of History, Politics and International Affairs, and Education.

Loewen has authored several books about how the public understands—and misunderstands—its past. His best-selling book, Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong (2007), analyzes the myths and mistakes promoted on monuments across the country. His book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High School History Textbook Got Wrong (1995), takes aim at the historiographic errors endemic to America’s educational system.

Click here to continue reading Vince Moore’s article from Furman News.

The James B. Duke Library’s collection includes the following books authored and edited by Dr. Loewen:



Embrace this Database: ImageQuest

Aerial view of Howard Carter’s archaeological excavations of the tombs of the Pharoahs Ramesses VI and Tutankhamen (better known as King Tut), Valley of the Kings, Thebes (modern day city of Luxor), Egypt, 1922. This image, courtesy of Getty Images, is included in the library’s subscription to the ImageQuest database.

Today is the anniversary of the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamen, one of the most important archaeological discoveries of modern times. On November 4, 1922, more than 3,200 years after King Tut’s reign, British archaeologist, Howard Carter, discovered one of the only unplundered royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Thebes (modern day city of Luxor), Egypt.

Perhaps you’d like to browse through one of the many books our library has about the life and and times of the boy king:

The Furman Libraries’ image database, ImageQuest, offers access to approximately three million images from over 50 different collections. All images in ImageQuest are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use including use in reports and projects or on school Web sites, newsletters, newspapers, flyers, and bulletins.