Heller named first Riley Institute Fellow
Max Heller, the former mayor of Greenville who has played a key role in the economic development of South Carolina over the past three decades, has been named the first Richard W. Riley Institute Fellow-in-Residence.
As a Riley Fellow, Heller will spend a number of weeks on campus this fall, speaking in classes and to groups of students. He will present two public lectures, participate in a political oral history project, and meet informally with students and faculty.
The Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership was established at Furman in October 1999. The Riley Fellow-in-Residence program brings prominent diplomats, legislators and academicians to campus for an academic term.
The Riley Institute is named in honor of U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley, a Greenville native and 1954 Furman graduate who served two terms as governor of South Carolina from 1978 to 1986.
Flowers exhibit on display
"Settanta Due," an exhibit of paintings, drawings and sculpture by former Furman art professor Tom Flowers, is on display in the Roe Art Building through November 4.
Flowers, professor emeritus of art at Furman, served as a faculty member from 1959 to 1989. The Roe Art Building is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Kilstofte awarded fellowship
Mark Kilstofte, associate professor of music, has received an Artist Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Kilstofte, who has been a member of the Furman faculty since 1992, was one of four professional artists in the state to receive the prestigious fellowship.
Each fellow receives $7,500 in recognition of superior artistic talent. Kilstofte's recent honors include the ASCAP Foundation Rudolph Nissim Award, the Aaron Copland Award, and the University of Michigan Band Commission Prize.
He is also the recipient of the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Frances and William Schuman Fellowship from the MacDowell Colony.
Kaup's book explores Chinese government treatment of minorities
In the early 1950s, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officially recognized the 16 million Zhuang as the country's largest minority nationality, virtually creating the Zhuang nationality.
Prior to this, the Zhuang did not even share a common ethnic identity. In her recently published book, Creating the Zhuang: Ethnic Politics in China (Lynn Rienner Publishers), political science professor Katherine Palmer Kaup explores why the CCP created the Zhuang nationality and launched a massive propaganda campaign to increase nationality consciousness.
She also looks at the government's response to the Zhuang, as they have begun to demand special treatment in the face of widening economic disparities between minorities and the Han majority.
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