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Need a quiet spot for an interview?

The James B. Duke Library now has an audio recording studio co-sponsored by Furman Libraries and Information Technology Services. The Audio Recording Studio is a sound-insulated room located on the lower level of the library near the IT Service Center.

The room is equipped with a microphone and a laptop computer with Camtasia and Audacity installed.
Students, faculty, and staff may reserve the studio for up to 4 hours per week with reservations made no more than two weeks in advance.
Make a Reservation​ – Please keep the email confirmation of your reservation.

Textbooks on Reserve

Textbooks are expensive for our students, and we want to help. This spring, we purchased select textbooks and put them on reserve in the Libraries for student use.

According to current studies, the average student at a private university spends more than $1,200 per year for textbooks. From what we’ve heard from students, Furman is in alignment with this figure. As a consequence we’ve seen increased requests to purchase textbooks for the Libraries’ collections. In the past, textbooks have not been part of our acquisition plan, but as textbook prices continue to skyrocket, we decided to adopt a more nuanced approach to textbook acquisition.

We already support many affordable learning options for our students. Interlibrary Loan, PASCAL Delivers, multi-user eBooks, and support for the adoption of open educational resources provide alternatives to the traditional textbook model. We are taking this a step further with our new textbook acquisition pilot program.

This spring we are collaborating with faculty and placing textbooks on reserve for multiple sections of more than half a dozen classes. At the end of the semester we will assess the success of the program. So far use has been strong in some classes and we hope to promote the program more in the fall of 2019.

For more information, stop by the Circulation Desk in the James B. Duke Library.

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Tell us what you think about textbook prices!

Revealing the Forgotten


Finding forgotten cities : how the Indus civilization was discovered  Just a century ago, scholars believed that civilization in the Indus Valley began three thousand years ago during the Vedic Age. But in the autumn of 1924, John Marshall made an announcement that rocked the understanding of the ancient world and pushed back the boundaries of Indian history by two thousand years more: the discovery of the civilization at Harappa, located in present-day Sindh and Punjab, Pakistan. A sophisticated culture dating back to 2600 BCE, this ancient city was notable for its well-planned streets and for having the oldest known urban sanitation system. Based on previously unknown archival materials, Finding Forgotten Cities not only details an archeological discovery on the same scale as Troy, but introduces us to the colorful cast of characters who made it possible and overcome the challenges and travails of this colossal excavation.  -from the publisher

bookjacketDixie’s forgotten people : the South’s poor whites  Poor whites have been isolated from mainstream white Southern culture and have been in turn stereotyped as rednecks and Holy Rollers, discriminated against, and misunderstood. In their isolation, they have developed a unique subculture and defended it with a tenacity and pride that puzzles and confuses the larger society. Written 25 years ago, this book was one scholar’s attempt to understand these people and their culture.  – from the publisher

bookjacketThomas Jefferson and the Tripoli pirates : the forgotten war that changed American history  When Thomas Jefferson became president in 1801, America was deeply in debt, with its economy and dignity under attack. Pirates from North Africa’s Barbary Coast routinely captured American merchant ships and held the sailors as slaves, demanding ransom and tribute payments far beyond what the new country could afford. For fifteen years, America had tried to work with the four Muslim powers (Tripoli, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco) driving the piracy, but negotiation proved impossible. Realizing it was time to stand up to the intimidation, Jefferson decided to move beyond diplomacy. He sent the U.S. Navy and Marines to blockade Tripoli—launching the Barbary Wars and beginning America’s journey toward future superpower status. Few today remember these men and other heroes who inspired the Marine Corps hymn: “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.” Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates recaptures this forgotten war that changed American history with a real-life drama of intrigue, bravery, and battle on the high seas.  – from the publisher

bookjacketThe forgotten : how the people of one Pennsylvania county elected Donald Trump and changed America  The people of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania voted Democratic for decades, until Donald Trump flipped it in 2016. What happened? In The Forgotten, Ben Bradlee Jr. reports on how voters in Luzerne County, a pivotal county in a crucial swing state, came to feel like strangers in their own land – marginalized by flat or falling wages, rapid demographic change, and a liberal culture that mocks their faith and patriotism. Fundamentally rural and struggling with changing demographics and limited opportunity, Luzerne County can be seen as a microcosm of the nation. In The Forgotten, Trump voters speak for themselves, explaining how they felt others were ‘cutting in line’ and that the federal government was taking too much money from the employed and giving it to the idle. The loss of breadwinner status, and more importantly, the loss of dignity, primed them for a candidate like Donald Trump.  – from the publisher
bookjacketForgotten citizens : deportation, children, and the making of American exiles and orphansThe United States Constitution insures that all persons born in the US are citizens with equal protection under the law. But in today’s America, the US-born children of undocumented immigrants–over four million of them–do not enjoy fully the benefits of citizenship or of feeling that they belong. Children in mixed-status families are forgotten in the loud and discordant immigration debate. They live under the constant threat that their parents will suddenly be deported. Their parents face impossible decisions: make their children exiles or make them orphans. In Forgotten Citizens, Luis Zayas holds a mirror to a nation in crisis, providing invaluable perspectives for anyone brave enough to look. Zayas draws on his extensive work as a mental health clinician and researcher to present the most complete picture yet of how immigration policy subverts children’s rights, harms their mental health, and leaves lasting psychological trauma.  – from the publisher


JFK’s forgotten crisis : Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War U.S. President John F. Kennedy faced two great crises in 1962 – the Cuban missile crisis and the Sino-Indian War. While his part in the missile crisis that threatened to snowball into a nuclear war has been thoroughly studied, his critical role in the Sino-Indian War has been largely ignored. Riedel’s telling of the president’s firm response to China’s invasion of India and his deft diplomacy in keeping Pakistan neutral provides a unique study of Kennedy’s leadership. Embedded within that story is an array of historical details of special interest to India and the backstory to the China-India rivalry.  – from the publisher

bookjacketHistory of a disappearance : the story of a forgotten Polish town  Lying at the crucible of Central Europe, the Silesian village of Kupferberg suffered the violence of the Thirty Years War, the Napoleonic Wars, and World War I. After Stalin’s post-World War II redrawing of Poland’s borders, Kupferberg became Miedzianka, a town settled by displaced people from all over Poland and a new center of the Eastern Bloc’s uranium-mining industry. Decades of neglect and environmental degradation led to the town being declared uninhabitable, and the population was evacuated. Today, it exists only in ruins, with barely a hundred people living on the unstable ground above its collapsing mines. – from the publisher

bookjacketThe forgotten fifth : African Americans in the age of revolution  As the United States gained independence, a full fifth of the country’s population was African American. The experiences of these men and women have been largely ignored in the accounts of the colonies’ glorious quest for freedom. Gary B. Nash tells of revolutionary fervor arousing a struggle for freedom that spiraled into the largest slave rebellion in American history, as blacks fled servitude to fight for the British, who promised freedom in exchange for military service. The Revolutionary Army never matched the British offer, and most histories of the period have ignored this remarkable story. The conventional wisdom says that abolition was impossible in the fragile new republic. Nash, however, argues that an unusual convergence of factors immediately after the war created a unique opportunity to dismantle slavery. The founding fathers’ failure to commit to freedom led to the waning of abolitionism just as it had reached its peak. In the opening decades of the nineteenth century, as Nash demonstrates, their decision enabled the ideology of white supremacy to take root, and with it the beginnings of an irreparable national fissure. The moral failure of the Revolution was paid for in the 1860s with the lives of the 600,000 Americans killed in the Civil War.  – from the publisher

bookjacketThe island at the center of the world : the epic story of Dutch Manhattan and the forgotten colony that shaped America  In the late 1960s, an archivist in the New York State Library discovered an astounding 12,000 pages of centuries-old documents from the Dutch colony centered on Manhattan. For the past thirty years, scholar Charles Gehring has been translating this national treasure, and now, Russell Shorto has used this vital material to construct a sweeping narrative of Manhattan’s founding that gives a startling, fresh perspective on how America began.  – from the publisher

bookjacketForgotten ally : China’s World War II, 1937-1945 For decades, a major piece of World War II history has gone virtually unwritten. The war began in China, two years before Hitler invaded Poland, and China eventually became the fourth great ally, partner to the United States, the Soviet Union, and Great Britain. Yet its drama of invasion, resistance, slaughter, and political intrigue remains little known in the West.  – from the publisher



Meet the Scholar of the Month!

photograph of DipendraCongratulations to Dipendra Parajuli (’19)! He is the lucky winner of the Scholar of the Month contest.  As Scholar of the Month, Dipendra wins a private study room in the library for the month of April through the last day of exams (May 8).

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

Intelligence Squared Debates

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A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Intelligence Squared U.S. is a debate series working to restore civility, reasoned analysis, and constructive public discourse to today’s media landscape. Founded in 2006, Intelligence Squared U.S. addresses a fundamental problem in America: the extreme polarization of our nation and our politics.

The series is based on the traditional Oxford-style debate format, which involves a debate on a predetermined statement – also called a “motion” – from two opposing perspectives. The two sides either argue “for” or “against” the motion within a formalized structure.

The approach:

  • Moderator shares the motion
  • Audience members cast their vote for or against the motion
  • Debaters present 7 minute opening arguments
  • Intra-panel discussion
  • Audience question and answer period
  • Debaters deliver 2 minute closing arguments
  • Audience members vote again
  • Winner of the debate is determined by the greater percentage change between the first and second votes

image and link to debateThe Republican Party Should Not Re-Nominate Trump (March 28, 2019)  Americans are gearing up for the 2020 presidential elections, and Republicans have a choice: Should Donald Trump be their nominee? His detractors see a politically vulnerable candidate caught up in the uncertainty of the Mueller investigation, wounded by the longest government shutdown in history, and defeated by House Democrats who refused his demand for border wall funding. But many are standing behind the president. They argue his passionate and loyal base will deliver yet another political win, particularly if his campaign finally has the full support and guidance of the Republican Party. Can Trump deliver key swing states and another victory for the GOP? Or is he the wrong choice for the American right?
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graphic and link to debateConstitutional Free Speech Principles Can Save Social Media Companies from Themselves (March 4, 2019)  How should the world’s largest social media companies respond to a pernicious online climate, including hate speech and false content posted by users? For some, the answer is clear: take the fake and offensive content down. But for others, censorship – even by a private company – is dangerous in a time when digital platforms have become the new public square and many Americans cite Facebook and Twitter as their primary news sources. Rather than embracing European hate speech laws or developing platform-specific community standards that are sometimes seen as partisan, they argue, social media companies should voluntarily adopt the First Amendment and block content only if it violates American law. Should First Amendment doctrine govern free speech online? Or are new, more internationally focused speech policies better equipped to handle the modern challenges of regulating content and speech in the digital era?
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graphic and link to debateProgressive Populism Will Save the Democratic Party  (October 11, 2018)  As Democratic leaders and strategists gear up for the 2018 and 2020 elections, the party stands at a crossroads. For progressive populists, the path forward is clear: Democrats must get back in touch with the party’s working-class roots by championing a specific set of policies, including Medicare for all, free public college tuition, a guaranteed federal jobs program, and housing as a human right. They say this strategy is key to winning back disillusioned working-class voters and to regaining power in Washington and beyond. But others view this as a dangerous path. They argue that a handful of high-profile progressive wins have been overhyped by the media and, rather than make promises that may be impossible to execute in this political climate, Democrats should champion centrist, economically viable policies that will win elections and solidify the base. How can the Democratic Party, out of power and outnumbered in Washington D.C. and state capitals across the nation, bring itself out of the political wilderness?
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graphic and link to debateTrigger Warning: Safe Spaces Are Dangerous (June 23, 2018)  Long hailed as bastions of intellectual development and ground zero for the free and spirited exchange of ideas, today’s universities have come under attack by those who argue that a new generation of students and administrators are trading in academia’s most cherished values for political correctness and inclusion. At the heart of this debate is the question of safe spaces, how we define them, and whether they aid or hinder intellectual inquiry. Deeply rooted in social justice movements of the past, these spaces promise a reprieve from bigotry and oppression by allowing today’s students – the most culturally and racially diverse in history – the opportunity to express themselves in an empathetic environment. But to their critics, safe spaces pose a dire threat to free speech and undermine the resilience of a generation. Are safe spaces dangerously coddling young minds? Or are they a legitimate and necessary component of modern education?
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graphic and link to debateLiberals Hold the Moral High Ground (December 7, 2017)  Do conservative or liberal philosophies lead to more just outcomes? Opposing moral philosophies have long fueled debate about America’s policy goals and national identity. For conservatives, morality is grounded in ideals such as patriotism, including a respect for order and authority; fairness and liberty in the sense that an individual’s actions yield just rewards, or consequences; and reverence for the sanctity of religious and moral tradition. Liberals place moral emphasis on caring: for the poor, the disadvantaged, and the marginalized; on fairness in the sense of redressing both historic wrongs and current inequalities of outcome; and on generosity extending beyond the bounds of nations or cultures. In today’s divisive political arena, which side best embodies the nation’s most cherished virtues? Morally speaking, is the left right?
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graphic and link to debatePay College Athletes (October 24, 2017)   College sports is a big-money business, with football and basketball programs generating millions of dollars in revenue every year. While coaches and athletic directors in Division I programs routinely score seven-figure contracts, student-athletes are currently prohibited from sharing in the profits. Is it time to rewrite the rules in college sports and allow athletes their fair share of the profits? Or would providing monetary incentives — above and beyond existing scholarships and career supports — spoil the sport?

graphic and link to debatePolicing Is Racially Biased (January 11, 2017)  In 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, set off a wave of protests and sparked a movement targeting racial disparities in criminal justice.  Since then, there have been other controversial deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement that have captured the public’s attention, from Tamir Rice, to Philando Castile.  But there are some who say that these encounters, many of them recorded, have fed a narrative of biased policing that the data does not back up, vilifying people who are trying to do good in a difficult job that often puts them in harm’s way.  What are the statistics, and how should we interpret them?  How have recent incidents shaped our view of policing?  Does crime drive law enforcement’s use of force, or is there racial bias?
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image and link to debateCourts, Not Campuses, Should Decide Sexual Assault Cases (September 16, 2015)  High-profile cases have recently put campus sexual assault in the spotlight. One question that has repeatedly come up: why are these cases being handled by campuses at all? Title IX requires that every school receiving federal aid must take concrete steps to deal with hostile environments and sexual assault. This leaves colleges and universities with the task of figuring out what policies and procedures to enforce. Proponents say that campus investigations serve a real need, forcing schools to respond to violence and protecting the interests of victims in ways that the criminal justice system may fail. Can schools provide due process for defendants and adequate justice for victims, or do these cases belong in the courts?
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Liberals Are Stifling Intellectual Diversity On Campus (February 24, 2015)  What is college for? For many, it’s a time for personal and intellectual growth, to meet new people, and to explore ideas and philosophies that challenge their beliefs. Or is it? Recent cancellations of conservative speakers, rescinded honorary degrees, and scrutiny of certain campus groups have heightened perceptions that there is pervasive liberal intolerance on campuses. Are liberals shutting down speech and debate on campus? Or is this theory a myth, based on the preponderance of liberals at universities rather than intentionally discriminatory actions?
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Interlibrary Loan Deadlines

** Deadlines for ordering Interlibrary Loan items **

Classes end April 30th!

4/22/2019 – the last day to submit BOOK & other physical ILL requests

4/30/2019 – the last day to submit ARTICLE ILL requests

The deadlines apply only to those items needed before the end of Spring term. Requests submitted after these deadlines will be addressed on a case by case basis.

The BOOK deadline applies only to physical items ordered through Interlibrary Loan. Books may be ordered via PASCAL Delivers until the end of the term.

If you are in a pinch, PASCAL Delivers, PASCAL Visiting Patron or PASCAL PickUp Anywhere could be helpful! Please see our PASCAL page for more information.

Students Must Be Silent In The Libraries

April Fools!!

You do not have to be silent to use the libraries at Furman, but we all study differently, so it’s helpful to know where the different areas are to fit your style best.

James B. Duke Library

“Front of the House” – The Rinker Research Commons when you first walk in, and the tables near Circulation and Research Assistance are often used for collaboration and socializing. Be prepared for some noise.

“Lower Level Cave”—The Mac tables near the IT Help desk are also known for collaborative study, socializing and noise.

“Back of the House”—Study tables near book stacks, and areas near windows, and study carrels are for quiet study, both on the main and ground floors. The signs are up so feel free to ask people to keep it quiet.

Study rooms are meant for more than one person. Did you know six group study rooms on the first floor of the Duke Library are available for reservation (111, 112, 113, 118, 119, and 120)? You can reserve study rooms up to two weeks in advance. You can reserve study rooms for up to three hours per week.

Sanders Science Library

Student culture has made this the quietest library at Furman. Perfect for intense concentration! During exam time the Sanders will be open 24 hours on May 2nd, 4th and 6th!

Maxwell Music Library

Our most collaborative, social and intimate library setting. Good things happen in Maxwell but don’t go for quiet!

Announcing the Wells Family Endowment

Announcing the Wells Family Endowment
The Furman Libraries have received a gift from Robert F. (Robin) Brabham ’68 to create the Wells Family Endowment for Special Collections, named after his great-great-grandfather Whitfield George Wells (who attended Furman from 1872-75) and his great-great-grandmother Mary Parler Wells, Greenville Baptist Female College (GWC) class of 1875. The endowment allows for the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts, exhibit and event programming, and the conservation of our materials. Mr. Brabham had previously given us some of his ancestors’ Furman memorabilia and photographs, and made the arrangements for this major gift following attendance at his 50th reunion this past fall. Robin is a retired librarian and archivist at UNC-Charlotte. We look forward to seeing the endowment grow and to using it to further develop our collections in ways that speak meaningfully to students and faculty.

Poetry Reading CLP

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Rosko’s work is formally innovative and thematically relevant to life in 2019 America. Her newest poetry collection, Weather Inventions, captures an enduring sense of wonder in the face of nature alongside the scientific impulse to observe and measure.

Rosko will join us from Charleston, where she is Associate Professor and M.F.A. Director at the College of Charleston. This CLP will showcase the living tradition of American poetry as it happens at Furman and in South Carolina.

This CLP celebrating National Poetry Month will be held on April 2 in Furman Hall 214 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the English Department and The Friends of the Furman University Libraries

The Green Book

bookjacketThe Negro Motorist Green Book Compendium  You’ve heard the tales, you’ve watched the movie, but have you seen The Green Book? During the dangerous days of Jim Crow segregation, it was difficult to be an African-American traveler, as hotels that would take you or restaurants that would serve you were few and far between. This was addressed by The Negro Motorist Green Book, an annual listing of lodging, diners, gas stations, and other businesses that could handle the needs of the Black customer. Created in 1936 by Harlem-based postman Victor H. Green, the Green Book served the public until after the passage of the Civil Rights Act in the 1960s. Original copies of the Green Book are now museum pieces, but in this book you can see all the articles, all the ads, and all the listings from four editions of the Green Book, one for each decade in which the series was published. The Negro Motorist Green Book of 1938 is an early example, covering only the states east of the Mississippi River, but also presenting articles on “The Automobile and What It Has Done for the American Negro” as well as driving tips. In 1947, the Negro Motorist Green Book had listings for 45 of the 48 states that then existed (there was nothing for Nevada, New Hampshire, or North Dakota), and that also included directories of the Negro colleges and newspapers of the day, as well as a look at the current models from Ford and GM, and some notes on automotive design of the future. By 1954, the title had changed to The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, and the volume includes an article on the highlights of San Francisco (which was “fast becoming the focal point of the Negroes’ future”) and tourist guides to New York City and Bermuda. Finally, the Travelers’ Green Book for 1963 through 1964 leads off with a state-by-state listing of rights against Jim Crow segregation, plus it has “Guide Posts for a Pleasant Trip,” a couple of cartoon-illustrated sidebars on Black history-makers, a listing of major league ballparks, and other useful items for the traveler. – from the publisher

bookjacketThe Negro Travelers’ Green Book: The Guide to Travel and Vacations  Facsimile edition of the 1954 guide. First published in 1936 under the title The Negro Motorist Green Book, this guide was a product of the rising African-American middle class having the finances and vehicle for travel but facing a world where social and legal restrictions barred them from many accommodations. – from the publisher

bookjacketThe Negro Motorist Green-Book  Facsimile edition of the 1940 edition.