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Spotlight for the week of November 29

Rhodes College

Family gatherings over the holidays promise to bring more people with differing opinions on the pressing matter of climate change around the same table.

Thankfully, there’s an online talk coming up this Tuesday, November 30, at 6pm that promises to provide tools to open a dialogue with your loved ones about how we all can play a role in pushing forward for change. The Rhodes College Environmental Studies and Sciences Program is offering a talk with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, recently named chief scientist at the Nature Conservancy and author of the new book Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. Hayhoe wants to help us talk about the climate and the problems that the climate crisis makes worse, such as hunger, poverty, injustice, refugee crises, and more. As a professor of political science and an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University, she doesn’t accept global warming on faith—she crunches the data and helps engineers and ecologists quantify the impacts. And yet, faith is a significant part of her approach to climate conversations. Dr. Hayhoe traces a direct line between her Christian faith and her dedication to climate science. Hayhoe has been called “one of the nations most effective communicators on climate change” by the NY Times. For the link to this and other lifelong learning opportunities in Memphis, please visit our website or find us on Facebook.

Dr. Laura Loth is the Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Director of the French and Francophone Studies program at Rhodes College. She teaches courses in French and Francophone literatures, cultures, and cinema. She received her BA from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. You can email her at lothl@rhodes.edu