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Francis W. Bonner American Scholar Lectures
Francis W. Bonner
Vice President and Dean Francis W. Bonner
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Furman’s Francis W. Bonner American Scholar Lecture Series began in 2011 to highlight the ideals of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest academic honorary society, and the centrality of liberal learning in the American experience. It is named in honor and memory of a longtime university provost and tireless advocate for the establishment of a PBK chapter at Furman.

In 2012, the lecture series gained national recognition in an article on the Phi Beta Kappa website: "Emerson Living 175 Years Later in a Southern Liberal Arts College."

August 31, 2011: Benjamin Storey, "Of Bookworms and Busybodies."

August 30, 2012: Bryan Bibb, “Why Are You Here? Religious Studies, the Bible, and the Purpose of Liberal Arts Education.”