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Why has COVID and the response to COVID become so political?

COVID-19 response is political.

The political incentives today push politicians to make every national issue a wedge that further pushes American citizens to one camp or another, Brent Nelsen, professor of politics and international affairs at Furman University, writes in an opinion piece for the SC Why website. These incentives are boosted by powerful cultural forces that act like political steroids.

The nation’s COVID response is now caught up in our toxic polarized politics. Vaccines and masks are not seen as apolitical solutions to an apolitical, technical problem that needs to be solved by experts and technocrats. No, scientific evidence is now seen through partisan lenses allowing both sides to claim scientific backing for their political preferences.

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New Millennium Fellows tackle United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Nine Furman students launch projects to advance U.N. goals such as zero hunger, climate action, good health and well-being and more.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 Events

National Hispanic American Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15.

Celebrating 30 Years of Giving with His Largest Gift to Date

This year, Lee Alexander '84 marks 30 consecutive years of giving to Furman, and he is celebrating that by adding planned giving to his commitment.

An artisan weaves a basket in a scene from “The History of Sweetgrass Baskets,” a documentary by Alexis Hildenbrandt ’22.

And the Student Emmys go to… two Furman students

Alexis Hildenbrandt ’22 and Luke Harvin ’21 both filmed documentaries that won Southeastern Student Production Awards.