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    October 11, 2012 - Carolina and the Constitution: War, Peace, the President, and the Congress

    October 11, 2012 - Carolina and the Constitution: War, Peace, the President, and the Congress

    Rod Smolla, president of Furman University and one of the nation's top constitutional scholars, looks at the Prize Cases that came out of the Civil War conflict in South Carolina and examines the ongoing debate over the power to declare and make war under the U.S. Constitution.

    From the earliest days of the nation, U.S. Presidents have sparred with Congress, and at times the Supreme Court, over who has the power to send American forces into hostilities. Does the power reside exclusively in Congress, or does the President, as Commander-in-Chief, have inherent power to order American troops into combat?

    The first and still perhaps most influential Supreme Court decision to address these issues came from South Carolina. In the Prize Cases, the Supreme Court opined on the great constitutional issues of war and peace, responding to claims that Abraham Lincoln's blockage of Charleston in the aftermath of the seizure of Fort Sumter by the secessionist forces violated the Constitution since Lincoln acted without a congressional Declaration of War.

    • 56 min
    • video
    March 14, 2012 - Let Justice Roll Down Like Water: A Muslim Engagement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    March 14, 2012 - Let Justice Roll Down Like Water: A Muslim Engagement with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    The Kendrick-Poerschke Memorial Lecture by Omid Safi, editor of Progressive Muslims

    • 1 tim. 18 min
    • video
    March 13, 2012 - A Gainsborough at White Oaks? Furman's Art Mystery

    March 13, 2012 - A Gainsborough at White Oaks? Furman's Art Mystery

    In 1975, Charles and Homozel Daniel purchased "Portrait of Lady Impey" from an auction house in New York City. They were told it was painted by the renowned 18th-century English portraitist Thomas Gainsborough. The Daniels bequeathed the painting to Furman and it was appraised, along with the rest of the White Oaks Collection, by Sotheby's in 1993. Without sending it to an expert in London, Sotheby's could not determine whether the portrait was painted by Thomas Gainsborough or by the artist's less revered nephew Gainsborough Dupont.

    Two years ago, the case was revisited when a descendant of Lady Impey contacted Furman. After researching the provenance of the painting, there is reason to believe that Furman's painting truly is a Gainsborough. In order to solve this mystery, the Decorative and Fine Arts Committee brought an internationally known Gainsborough scholar from England to Furman. Hugh Belsey, former Curator of Gainsborough's House and author of numerous books about Gainsborough, examined the Portrait of Lady Impey and revealed his findings at a public lecture on March 13. He also discussed the works of Thomas Gainsborough, particularly in his later years, as Furman's painting was created in 1786 near the end of Gainsborough's life.

    • 58 min
    • video
    February 11, 2011 - Reverend James Hall: Godfather of Greenville's Civil Rights Movement

    February 11, 2011 - Reverend James Hall: Godfather of Greenville's Civil Rights Movement

    Furman history professor Courtney Tollison interviewed Rev. Hall about his role in the civil rights movement in Greenville, SC.

    • 29 min
    • video
    November 22, 2010 - Max Heller: Renaissance Man

    November 22, 2010 - Max Heller: Renaissance Man

    The premiere of a documentary on Max and Trude Heller, created by Furman students under the leadership of Communications Studies professor John Armstrong, followed by a panel discussion with the Hellers and friends.

    • 52 min
    • video
    March 18, 2010 - A Nation Unified: The NAACP in the Age of Change

    March 18, 2010 - A Nation Unified: The NAACP in the Age of Change

    Princeton University professor and best-selling author Cornel West spoke at Furman as the university's chapter of the NAACP celebrated its founding and its future.

    • 1 tim. 56 min

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