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  • Witherspoon's new book sheds light on 1968 Olympics

    At a plaza in the Tlatelolco district of Mexico City on Oct. 2, 1968, Mexican students congregated in protest. Their goal, to draw attention to the lacking democratic processes of the Mexican government. But their voices were abruptly and violently silenced. In the afternoon, Mexican soldiers blocked the exits to the plaza and opened fire on the crowd killing around 300 protesters. It was ten days before the opening of the 1968 Mexico City Olympics.
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  • Willis gets practical - wins Lander's young scholar award

    With just two years at Lander University behind him, assistant professor of English Dr. Lloyd Willis has a lot to show for it. He was a featured lecturer in the College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Speaker Series. He has continuously revamped his classes to make them pertinent to student interests, and he has also made great strides toward integrating technology into his curriculum.
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  • The shape of things: lecture highlights centuries-old American music tradition

    As another school year draws to a close at Lander University, so does the university's 2007-2008 Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities.
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  • Zimbabwe: a nation weeps at the hands of a dictator

    In 1985 the former Zimbabwean director of National Museums and Monuments wrote a letter to a Zimbabwean newspaper, the Sunday Mail, explaining the circumstances of his resignation a few months prior. The letter criticized unreasonable behavior on behalf of Zimbabwean government officials, to be more specific he referred to one official as a "barbarian." The publication of the letter resulted in the paper's editor being fired and led to the former director's decision to leave Zimbabwe to ensure his own safety.
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  • An Egg-ceptional Opportunity: Alumna chosen to decorate state Easter egg for White House collection

    While decorating eggs is usually an activity that takes place near the Easter holiday, Jill Burriss spent most of the Christmas season preparing an Easter egg for this year.
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  • Lander professor assigns unusual subjects as writing assignments

    Students in Dr. Lloyd Willis' classes at Lander University have been learning about the ethics of food production but the topic is not part of a science curriculum. Willis is an assistant professor of English and he chose food ethics as a topic for his freshman writing course, which requires students to analyze, interpret and evaluate information and ideas and put into words their findings and impressions.
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  • Lander graduate encourages future music educators

    The plight of an educator is rarely easy, and courses can only go so far in preparing a student for the role of a teacher. So when Lander University assistant professor of music and director of bands Dr. Christopher Hughes wanted to show students what it was like to work in the field of music education he brought in Lander graduate Glen Funderburk. As director of bands at Blythewood High School in Columbia, Funderburk offered music students the opportunity to get first-hand insight into what it means to be a successful music educator.
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  • Lander professor gives new life to Mayan literature

    Behind the veil of Mexico's Cancun and Cozumel exists an area of the world rich with literary history. A key aspect of that past is the story of the survival and progressive flourishing of Mayan literature throughout the Yucatan peninsula.
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