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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.

Guru Nanak Jayanti

by Krissa Stewart, Library Intern, Summer 2017

Guru Nanak Jayanti is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism, celebrating the birth of the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak. Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with a parade where Sikhs sing, dance, and perform martial arts the day before Guru Nanak Jayanti. On the day itself, Sikhs sing devotional hymns, participate in early morning prayers, the reading of scripture, and community lunch, made and served by volunteers. The day continues with hymns and prayers, a final prayer lasting until 1:20am. The celebration continues with songs of praise until it finally comes to the end at 2am.


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!


Meet the Scholar of the Month!

Congratulations to Anna (’19)! She is the lucky winner of the Scholar of the Month contest.  As Scholar of the Month, Anna wins a private study room in the library for the month of November.

Perks of the Scholar of the Month room include:
• floor-to-ceiling dry erase wall
• super-duper comfy chair
• large study table with 4 chairs
• bookcase to store your belongings
• access to a microwave

Would you like to be the Scholar of the Month in December? You can enter electronically by clicking on the purple button. One entry per person per month.

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on the first day of December 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. Fine print: the Scholar of the Month contest is limited to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  Sorry, Freshmen!

CLICK HERE to win a private study room for a month!

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 November!)
  • 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 November 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!

Exercise Your Right to Research

Exhibit with small posters, pamphlets, and books

To celebrate Open Access Week, the Duke Library has an exhibit in the Research Commons with information from the Right to Research Coalition a student-run group made up of 77 college student organizations who are committed to open access and have signed the Student Statement on the Right to Research.  A part of the exhibit is a blackboard with the question “What would you like to know about open access?” Responses included:

“What is it?”

“What is open access?”

“Why do we need to know?”

Open Access  literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. It is freely available to anyone in the world with an Internet connection – no subscription necessary.

So what? Why is that important? According to the Right to Research Coalition website: “it’s no secret that academic journals are crucial to our research, our papers, and our understanding of both fine details and the larger, overall picture of everything we study.  Yet, students often run into access barriers while to trying to do research, forcing us to settle for what we can get access to, rather than what we need most.” Open Access seeks to alleviate this problem, by making research openly available and accessible to those who need it.

Learn more about the Right to Research Coalition by visiting the Libraries’ exhibit and exploring their website:

Furman Libraries Open Access Fund

The Furman University Libraries’ Open Access Fund (FUL OA Fund) supports open access publishing by helping to offset the cost of Article Processing Charges (APCs) for Furman authors.

Furman University faculty, adjunct faculty, researchers, post-docs, staff and students in all disciplines are eligible to apply for up to $3,000 to offset publication fees for peer-review, fully open access works published in reputable titles. Details relating to eligibility, priorities, and restrictions are available at Furman authors can apply to the FUL OA Fund at

Articles published through the OA fund thus far are:

Dr. Roark noted: “Publishing open access immediately increases the visibility and reach of our work because articles are not embargoed behind a subscription wall for a certain period of time. This immediacy helps to elevate the status of both my students and my institution in a timely fashion. In addition, because we chose to publish Open Choice in a Springer journal, we retained the copyright to our work and could thus deposit our published article immediately into repositories like the Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE).”

The Libraries are proud to be able to facilitate the open dissemination of scholarship from the Furman community to increase access and impact around the world.

The FUL OA Fund guidelines and application are available online. Questions about the fund can be directed to Andrea Wright and Christy Allen at

Newly Added Audiobooks

The Furman University Libraries have a growing collection of popular fiction and non-fiction titles on CD. This collection is located to the left of the Circulation Desk at the James B. Duke Library, and across from the Circulation Desk in the Sanders Science Library. New additions to the audiobook collection include the following titles: