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Furman to hold summer commencement exercises Aug. 17

Summer commencement speaker Erik Ching, who joined the Furman history faculty in 1998, is also director of undergraduate research.

Erik Ching, professor of history and director of undergraduate research at Furman University, will serve as speaker when the university holds its summer commencement exercises Saturday, Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. in McAlister Auditorium.

The university will award approximately 45 undergraduate and graduate degrees during commencement. Furman President Elizabeth Davis will preside over the ceremony.

Ching joined the Furman history faculty in 1998. He teaches courses in Latin American and African history, and has led more than a dozen study abroad programs to Mexico, Central America and southern Africa. He co-founded the El Salvador Studies Working Group, an organization of more than 150 international scholars, and also serves on the editorial board of “El Faro Academico,” a Salvadoran online periodical that profiles new academic research.

Ching is the author of several books, including “Stories of Civil War in El Salvador: A Battle Over Memory,” and “Authoritarian El Salvador: Politics and the Origins of the Military Regimes, 1880–1940.” He has also co-authored “Modernizing Minds in El Salvador,” “Remembering a Massacre in El Salvador: The Insurrection of 1932, Roque Dalton and the Politics of Historical Memory,” and “Reframing Latin America: A Cultural Theory Reading of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries.”

Ching is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, and earned master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.

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