Enrichment Trip 2019-Furman University

by | Oct 9, 2019

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Meet Ambassador Virginia Palmer

Virginia Palmer is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. She arrived in Lilongwe on January 27, 2015 to assume her responsibilities as the U.S. Ambassador to Malawi. Prior to serving in Malawi, she was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Pretoria from 2011 to 2014, including extended service as Chargé d’ Affaires. She served in similar capacities at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam.

She served in the Department of State as the Deputy Coordinator for Counterterrorism from 2005 to 2008 and Director of the East Asia Bureau’s Office of Economic Policy from 2004 to 2005. She was Economic Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya. Her other postings include Beijing, Hong Kong, Harare, Calgary, the Office of Maghreb Affairs, and the Operations Center.

She received her Masters from the University of Virginia and B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University. She also attended Washington University in St. Louis. Ambassador Palmer speaks Chinese and French.

Meet Jeffrey Makala- Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist

Makala has worked in special collections and archives for over 20 years and has written on nineteenth-century American literature and the history of the book in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, Literature & History, and The Oxford Companion to the Book. His doctoral work focused on the intersections of literature, culture, and the history of technology in nineteenth-century America. He teaches classes in the history of the book and regularly welcomes student classes into Special Collections to directly interact with historical documents.

Meet Suresh Muthukrishnan- Professor and Chair, Director of GIS and Remote Sensing Center

In Sub-Saharan Africa, rapidly increasing population is putting more strain on countries like Malawi where access to basic necessities like potable water, toilet, and electricity are yet to be realized. In addition, changing climate and increased frequency of extreme climatic events are making people in these countries more vulnerable to disease outbreaks and loss of life. In this presentation, Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan will highlight his work in Malawi as a Fulbright US Scholar. Innovative and technology- driven solutions combined with cross-institutional collaboration has brought unlikely partners together to address the challenges and in the process provide a pathway for sustainable development in Malawi.

Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan is a  Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Director of GIS and Remote Sensing Center at Furman University. Dr. Muthukrishnan and his family (wife Rashmi and daughter Mia) spent a year in Malawi through Fulbright US Scholarship engaging in teaching, research, capacity building, and cultural exchanges.

About Seeking Abraham: Furman University's Task Force on Slavery and Justice

In 2017, Furman’s Provost chartered a Task Force on Slavery and Justice to investigate the university’s historical connections to slavery and to make recommendations for changes on the campus. After a year of study, listening, consultation, and campus-wide programming, the Task Force released its report in the summer of 2018. Furman’s Board of Trustees took up the report as the basis of a year-long series of discussions of their own and voted unanimously in May 2019 to endorse the recommendations in the report. Currently, several subcommittees consisting of Board members, faculty, staff, and students are working on several parts of this implementation. This presentation will provide a historical overview of Furman’s 19th century history and discuss our current work on campus to reckon with our historical connections to slavery and to continue to build a more inclusive community.