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Summer Research & Creative Fellowships

Special Collections and Archives
Research and Creative Fellowships
Summer 2019

Sponsored by Carolyn ’67 and Joseph ’68 Warden

For the third year in a row, Special Collections and Archives will offer two 10-week summer fellowships for Furman undergraduates. These competitive fellowships will allow students to perform original research using materials in Special Collections and Archives for a research or creative project of their own design.

The rare books, manuscripts, and archives housed in the Furman Libraries range across several centuries, from medieval manuscripts to contemporary artists’ books, and from the Furman University Archives to South Carolina and Southern historical manuscript collections. Summer Fellows will explore these collections and use them to work on a project that can be discipline-based, related to their major or minor fields of study, or to further their career goals and creative aspirations. Projects can be interdisciplinary or creative in nature, based on the skills, background, and demonstrated interests of applicants. Our collections are diverse and rich with cultural meaning, and we encourage Furman students to use them in the creation of new knowledge, art, or music.

Fellows will receive a summer stipend ($3,500) in addition to lodging on campus and access to all other campus amenities for the period of June 1 – August 15, 2019, and will be expected to be in residence during that time. While Fellows will work independently, it is expected that they have a faculty sponsor who can provide occasional advice and guidance (either on-site or remotely) during the fellowship period. Fellows will also work closely with the faculty and staff of the Furman Libraries during their time in residence.

Following its completion, Fellows will be expected to submit a short report on their fellowship experience and a copy of their completed project to be added to Special Collections and Archives and the Furman University Scholar Exchange (FUSE). They will also take part in a public presentation of their work for the Furman community during the fall semester following their fellowship and participate in Furman Engaged! in the spring.

Eligibility:  First-year students through juniors are eligible to apply for a 2019 summer Fellowship.

Instructions for Applicants:  Course credit is not required for this fellowship. Applicants should submit a research proposal by March 13 outlining the work they would like to undertake during their fellowship, especially noting how the collections in Special Collections and Archives will help them achieve their goals, together with a current resume. Applicants should also discuss their project and application in advance with a Furman faculty member who will act as their sponsor, and submit (or have submitted) a letter/email of support from the faculty sponsor at the same time. In addition to collection information found on the Special Collections and Archives website and library catalog, we strongly encourage inquiries about project ideas, our holdings, and our collection strengths. Please send all questions and all application materials to Jeffrey Makala (

Happy Birthday, Nick!

Copernicus’ Secret: How the Scientific Revolution Began

Before we began to explore the vastness of our universe with daring missions like launching a billionaire’s mid-sized sedan into space, or attempting to communicate with extraterrestrial beings through artistic images of a balding man blankly consuming a bagel, Europeans sat mostly oblivious to the vastness around them. Although there had been theories of heliocentrism circulating since the 4th century BCE (Philolaus, Aristarchus of Samos, Seleucus of Seleucia, etc), Copernicus was the first to justify heliocentrism using a model similar to Ptolemy’s Almagest.

 Copernicus’ discoveries clashed with church doctrine and triggered a series of events that would send Europe into a cosmological fervor. From that period, much of the science that we commonly take for granted was developed. If Galileo is the father of modern science, Copernicus is the grandfather. Happy 546th birthday, grandpa!

by Gabe Fresa, Library Intern, Summer 2018

Overlooked No More

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Overlooked title

Since 1851, The New York Times has published thousands of obituaries, capturing the lives and legacies of people who have influenced the world in which we live.

But many important figures were left out.

These remarkable black men and women never received obituaries in The New York Times – until now. Their stories have been added to the newspaper’s “Overlooked” project about prominent people whose deaths were not reported by the paper.

To commemorate Black History Month, the Libraries invite you to visit our displays which highlight these overlooked individuals. A short description is provided for each influential person. Lift up each cover page to reveal a picture of the individual and their obituary, bringing their story to light. “Overlooked” displays can be found in the James B. Duke Library and the branch libraries.

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Borderland video segment

Borderland, presented in 4 episodes, is accessible through the Libraries’ subscription to Films on Demand.

Six Americans have volunteered to take part in a border experience they will never forget. They have little in common except for their strong opinions about illegal undocumented immigrants.

Over the next four weeks, the six will embark on an arduous and often heart-breaking journey to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Chiapas, southern Mexico, but only after they first explore illegal immigration on the US side of the border. They join an Arizona sheriff in Cochise County, visit ranchers furious that Mexican cartels now smuggle people and drugs across their land, and finally the group camps out in the Sonoran deset with humanitarian aid group No More Deaths. Confronted with two sides of the story, the six Americans start to realize that the world of immigration may not be as black and white as they originally thought it was.

Borderland, presented in 4 episodes, is accessible through the Libraries’ subscription to the database Films on Demand.

Meet the six American volunteers:

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Alison Melder, from the Arkansas Young Republicans.
ALISON MELDER: We don’t know who these people are. We don’t know if they’ve murdered somebody, if they raped a child. We don’t know. They’re absolutely undocumented.

photograph of Lis-Marie Alvarado
Lis-Marie Alvarado, immigrant rights campaigner from Florida.
LIS-MARIE ALVARADO: The estimated 11 million people that have no documents should have a pathway to citizenship.

photograph of Gary Larsen
Gary Larsen, a farmer from Washington state.
GARY LARSEN: People say immigrants are coming and stealing our jobs. It’s not true.

photograph of Kishana Holland
Kishana Holland, a fashion blogger from Las Vegas.
KISHANA HOLLAND: If I knew I had a neighbor that was an illegal immigrant for a fact, I would turn them in.

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Retired Marine, Randy Stufflebeam, from Illinois.
RANDY STUFFLEBEAM: We need to have a moratorium on all immigration. Legal, illegal — stop it all right now. Illegal immigrants bring a culture that is not conducive to the American way of life.

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New York City artist, Alex Seel.
ALEX SEEL: There’s no such thing as illegal immigration, especially in America.

She Loves Me


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The latest display in the Maxwell Music Library features the Furman University Lyric Theatre’s presentation of “She Loves Me.”

Mark your calendars for this CLP on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 16, at 8 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium

An intimate and touching show, “She Loves Me” features music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and book by Joe Masteroff (“Cabaret”). The beloved musical was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1964. The 1993 Broadway revival won the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. It won the 1994 Critics Circle Award for Best Musical.

Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, “She Loves Me” is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old-world elegance. The story follows Georg and Amalia, two perfumery clerks who aren’t the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other. Will love continue to blossom once their identities are finally revealed?

Professor of Voice Grant Knox directs “She Loves Me.” Furman faculty member and collaborative pianist Dewitt Tipton directs music for the performance.

To learn more about the music of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, check out the book “To Broadway, To Life: The Musical Theater of Bock and Harnick.”

Is your FU upside down?

photograph of upside down Chinese character fuThe Chinese character 福, fu (pronounced “foo”), means ‘good fortune.’ A popular custom during Chinese New Year is to hang the character upside down as a play on words. The word for “upside down” is a homophone of “to arrive” in nearly all forms of Chinese. This pun means that good fortune is arriving!

One of the most important holidays of the year, the lunar calendar celebration goes by many names such as Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival. This year’s celebration will commence on February 5, ringing in the Year of the Pig! The festivities span fifteen days and culminate with the Lantern Festival on the first full moon of the new year, February 19.

Visit the James B. Duke Library’s display to spin the wheel and receive a New Year greeting.

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Meet the Scholar of the Month

photograph of Jacqueline "Jackie" White '19Congratulations to Jackie White (’19)! She is the lucky winner of the Scholar of the Month contest.  As Scholar of the Month, Jackie wins a private study room in the library for the month of February.

Perks of the private study room:
• floor-to-ceiling dry erase wall
• large study table with 4 chairs
• super-duper comfy lounge chair
• FitDesk
• bookcase to stash heavy textbooks, umbrella, S’well bottles, rain boots, etc.

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

enter Scholar of the Month contest

We will randomly select one winner from all entries on March 1.
Fine print: the Scholar of the Month contest is limited to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  Sorry, Freshmen!


Raging Against Aging

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A new display in the Sanders Science Library highlights aging and longevity. Titles include:

Joseph Vaughn Event: Jan. 29

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from Furman News, by Ron Wagner ’93, Senior Writer

A black-and-white picture of Joseph Vaughn ’68 standing on the stairs in front of the James B. Duke Library, books in his left hand, eyes facing forward, is an iconic representation of desegregation at Furman. Vaughn became the university’s first black student on Jan. 29, 1965, and on Jan. 29, 2019, a student group led by Adare Smith ’20 will honor the occasion with a Joseph Vaughn event, culminating on the same steps.

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Furman student Adare Smith ’20 organized the Joseph Vaughn celebration, set for Jan. 29, 2019.

The activities, sponsored by the English department, begin with a walk, scheduled to depart from the English department lounge in Furman Hall Suite 100 at 12:45 p.m. From there, the walk will proceed to the library steps, where Smith will deliver remarks, followed by a pizza and planning party in the library’s Pitts Room.

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