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Spotlight for the week of February 21

Rhodes College

As we find ourselves in the thick of the winter season, the semester, or the workweek, two upcoming events encourage us to consider our connection with things larger than ourselves: nature and art.

On Wednesday, February 23rd at 6:30pm, the Wolf River Conservancy is hosting a webinar with Professor Doug Tallamy, author of The Nature Of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees. An accomplished nature writer, Tallamy has long been advocating for homeowners to take conservation into their own hands. With this latest publication, he provides a guide to the mighty oak: from their place in the ecosystem to how to care for those in your own backyard.

On Saturday at 6pm, join Novel Bookstore for a night of poetry celebrating the release of Come Clean, a collection by Vietnamese-American poet Joshua Nguyen. A grad student at Ole Miss, Nguyen will be joined by Jasmine Marie, a queer Black artist born and raised in Memphis, and Nadia Alexis, a Haitian-American poet from New York currently residing in Oxford, Mississippi. Together, these three artists will discuss how they express past traumas through the quotidian in their poetry.

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