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I Love You for Yourself: CLP

CLP: Princeton’s Alexander Nehamas on Love and Friendship
Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 5 – 6:30pm
Johns Hall 101

This lecture, entitled “Metaphors in Life: ‘I Love You for Yourself,'” will be part of the Tocqueville Program’s lecture series on “Love, Friendship, and Politics.” In it, one of the nation’s most distinguished philosophers will examine what it means to say that we love our friends. Extending a long tradition of humanistic reflection on the nature of friendship, Nehamas’s reflections are of particular import in our lonely and alienated cultural moment.

Find several of Alexander Nehamas’s books in the James B. Duke Library.


CLICK HERE to win a private study room!

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

  • exclusive access to the upgraded study room for one month (think of it as your own office in the library for the month of February!)
  • floor-to-ceiling dry erase wall
  • comfy lounge chair
  • large study table with 4 chairs
  • bookcase to store heavy textbooks, rain boots, Yeti mugs, etc.
  • access to a microwave

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

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on February 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!

Libraries Closed Wed. open 11:00am Thur.

Furman University will be closed all day Wednesday, January 17, and the libraries are closed.

On Thursday, January 18, Furman University will delay opening the campus until 11:00 a.m.  The libraries will open at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday.  Classes will resume at 11:30 a.m.

Students should use caution while walking on campus.

Students, faculty, and staff will be notified by text and email as schedule changes are needed. Updates will also be provided online on the Libraries’ homepage, and as well as on social media.

Newly Activated Database Trials

AP: The Middle East Bureaus Collection
With stories stemming from Jerusalem, Ankara, Beirut, and their surrounding areas, these records include news stories in the form of typescript carbons or wire copy. Among the most covered topics are military operations, civil and global wars, diplomacy, refugees, cultural clashes, and terrorism, providing dynamic, real-time insights from the second half of the twentieth century into issues of global importance that still impact the world today.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

Archives of Sexuality & Gender (includes LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 Parts I and II)
Archives of Sexuality & Gender: LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940 covers topics including LGBTQ activism and the HIV/AIDS crisis. It provides researchers with the documents necessary to delve deep into the Gay Rights Movement with resources that may otherwise go undiscovered. Repositories for this collection include: Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation; Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives; Women’s Energy Bank; GLBT Historical Society; National Library of Medicine; among other archives.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

Associated Press Collections Online
Associated Press Collections Online gives insight into major events, people and trends from the mid-1800s through the twentieth century from the Associated Press Corporate Archive. Collections may include: original wire copy, personal papers, AP style books, internal publications, and more. Hundreds of videos from the AP Archive and thousands of striking images from AP Images archive add depth to the original reporting and stories behind the news from this venerable news agency.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

China from Empire to Republic
China from Empire to Republic: Missionary, Sinology and Literary periodicals 1817-1949 documents the thoughts of Chinese intellectuals and Western missionaries and diplomats about China, and their efforts to understand Chinese culture and transform the nation in the years before 1949. The collection contains missionary, academic, and literary periodicals in English published in or about China.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

Illustrated London News Historical Archive, 1842-2003
The Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842-2003 is the complete digital edition (over 260,000 full color pages) of the world’s first illustrated weekly newspaper. Celebrated for its vivid pictorial commentary on global news, the ILN is a unique resource for the history of the last 150 years.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive
This archive includes The New York Herald, European Edition followed by the New York Herald Tribune and finally the International Herald Tribune, retracing the history of the 20th century from luxury travel and opulent entertainment, to international conflicts, the spread of American culture abroad and globalization. This American newspaper published in Paris had an independent editorial spirit throughout and offers a strong focus on objective reporting of international news.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

Nineteenth Century Collections Online
A ground-breaking resource for 19th century studies, NCCO is a multi-year global digitization and publishing program focused on primary source collections of the long nineteenth century. Collections for this program are sourced through partnerships with major world libraries as well as specialist libraries, and content includes monographs, newspapers, pamphlets, manuscripts, ephemera, maps, statistics, and more.
This trial will be available through Monday, February 19, 2018.

He Continues to Make a Difference CLP

Lesléa Newman, writer, poet, editor, and advocate, will visit the campus of Furman University on February 1st. Newman is the author of 70 books for readers of all ages, including A Letter to Harvey Milk; October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard; I Carry My Mother; The Boy Who Cried Fabulous; Ketzel, The Cat Who Composed; and Heather Has Two Mommies. In the evening she will share her CLP presentation titled, “He Continues to Make a Difference: The Story of Matthew Shepard.” This program uses poetry, photographs, and creative visualization to explore the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world, and it will challenge the audience to look deep inside themselves and find a way to make a difference to create a safe world for everyone. Please join us for this event.

Thursday, February 1, 7:00 p.m.
Watkins Room
CLP co-sponsored by
The Friends of the Furman University Libraries
Furman Education Department
Student Diversity Council
Furman Pride Alliance

Student Diversity Photo Contest Winners

In October 2017, the Furman Libraries and Center for Inclusive Communities launched the Furman Student Diversity Photography Contest. They sought digital photographs that represented what diversity and inclusion looked like to Furman students. In addition to the photographs, students were asked to submit a brief description that told the story of the photograph. Staff and faculty representatives from the Center for Inclusive Communities, the Libraries, the Art Department, and a student representing the Student Diversity Council judged the submissions and selected the following winners:

1st Place

Two laughing girls cuddling together

Photographer: Anna Peddle, Undergraduate Day Student

Description: This photo was taken of two  students who have been dating for about a month now. They are my two best friends at Furman, and I could not be happier they are together 🙂


2nd Place

Group of students with solar eclipse glasses looking up at sky

Photographer: Kelsey Milian, Undergraduate Day Student

Description: The day of the Solar Eclipse marked a change at Furman. When all the light faded for seconds, the crowd cheered and clapped, and these sophomores anticipated a new college year. It would be a year of challenge and stress, but it would also be one that meant opportunity and the chance to make a difference in all their campus involvement. They are a different kind of Furman.

3rd Place – Tie

Three smiling African-American students with popsicles

Photographer: Shalick Smith, Undergraduate Day Student

Description: This photo represents three different people with totally different interests and backstories with a mutual love of King of Pops popsicles.

3rd Place – Tie

Group of diverse students standing together facing the camera

Photographer: Chelsea Joseph, Undergraduate Day Student


“When I fly back to the US from Pakistan, I book my flight keeping in mind that I will spend eight hours in the airport for further questioning because my passport is Pakistani.”

“There are stereotypes that all Asian people eat their pets, which just isn’t true.”

“Furman has achieved diversity, but now we need to work on the inclusion.”

“Yet again, I am the only person of color in my class.”

“What do you think of when you hear the word Mexico?”

“Is there a bomb in your bookbag?”

“Where will I be in 2 years, I won’t have citizenship, but the US is all I know.”

“The killings of black males has really affected me as a black male athlete.”

“There is a mask that I have to paint on each day and it gets harder and harder to put it on each day.”

“I am screaming for help.”

“Recognize that I am human first and not different.”

“Recognize that I am diverse, I am different, and I am me.”

On Display: Supercool(ed) Animals

A new display in the Sanders Science Library called “Supercool(ed) Animals: An Appreciation for Winter Survival Strategies” includes the following titles:



MLK Holiday Schedule

In observance of the national holiday in Dr. King’s honor, the James B. Duke Library will be operating on an adjusted schedule.

January 14       Sunday       10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
January 15       Monday       10:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.

A selection of books by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the James B. Duke Library includes:

A selection of books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the James B. Duke Library includes:

Reflect Upon Your Vocational Choices

The mission of Furman University’s Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection is to provide resources for students, alumni, faculty, and staff to reflect upon their vocational choices through three essential questions:

As Kate Hofler Dabbs wrote in the Furman News on August 29, 2013, after graduating from Furman in 1954 and serving in the army, John Cothran returned to his Greenville home searching for a calling. “I had visited the new campus numerous times on return trips while stationed at Fort Knox and would pass through the front gates to see the progress,” he says. “One day my father (a 1922 graduate) invited me to tag along to see the cornerstone placed for the library. He pointed at a man across the crowd, E. Roy Stone, and said, ‘Mr. Stone is a prominent Greenville real estate man. Let me introduce you; you may want to go into the real estate business.’ ”

Cothran soon did join Stone in the real estate profession. He opened his own company in 1962, and would go on to run many other real estate firms in a career that would span more than five decades.

Perhaps it is this memory of finding his own calling that inspired Cothran, a longtime Furman trustee, and his wife, Jeanette, to pledge a major gift that, when added to gifts from others, will ensure a $3 million endowment for the Center for Vocational Reflection. “Jeanette and I always wanted to invest in people. It’s one investment that never goes down in value,” he says.

Established as the Lilly Center in 2001 through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the center is now named for the Cothrans. Its aim is to provide resources for individuals and groups to reflect upon their vocational choices through thoughtful, open dialogue while seeking to stimulate and inform social action. “The college years are critically formative in the lives of students,” the Cothrans said in a statement. “Providing them with the environment and tools to enable them to critically and fully examine key life questions is as important, if not more so, than any academic course they might pursue.”

The James B. Duke Library houses three of the center’s publications.

Callings (2017) edited by Dr. David Bost features contributions by present Furman faculty members, a 2001 alumna, and Deb Richardson-Moore, an author and pastor of the non-denominational Triune Mercy Center in Greenville, South Carolina, where she works to make homeless parishioners feel respected, loved and empowered to seek jobs and housing. Chapters include:

Discerning Vocation: Faculty Stories (2014) edited by Dr. David Bost features contributions by past and present Furman faculty members and David P. Gushee, the Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Mercer University. Chapters include:

Testimonies of Vocation (2011) features contributions by a 1956 alumnus and past and present Furman faculty members. Chapters include:

Newly Activated Database Trials

The Furman University Libraries are offering a selection of database trials through February 9. To discover and access trial databases, visit the library’s guide for Electronic Resources Trials.

Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies is a listing of publications created by presidential advisory bodies, and will be useful to researchers interested in U.S. history, political science, and law. Presidents have created advisory groups (also called committees, commissions, boards, blue ribbon panels, or task forces) to advise them on particular problems or issues such Pearl Harbor, civil rights, the status of women, the assassination of JFK, the 1967 riots, Iran Contra, HIV/AIDS, the Challenger Space Shuttle accident, and 9/11. The bibliographic listings of more than 6,000 reports and other documents from the administrations of Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama are indexed by commission/advisory body name, report title, report subject and presidential administration. Links to the full text of the reports are provided whenever possible.  This trial will be available through Friday, February 9, 2018.

PolicyMap is a U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with multidisciplinary applications for research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography. Users can leverage thousands of U.S. data indicators to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases, up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies. This trial will be available through Friday, February 9, 2018.

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