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Spotlight for the week of March 7

Rhodes College

This week, two events offer the opportunity to do deep dives into two gritty, determined, and soulful American cities, Memphis and Chicago.

On Thursday, March 10th at 5:30pm New Memphis and the Memphis Museum of Science and History will partner to present “Memphis 101: An Interactive Crash Course.” This event , for newcomers and seasoned Memphians alike, offers an up-close view of the historical impact our city has had in music, culture, and politics. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore the museum and network with other Memphians. The event is free, but registration is encouraged.

On Saturday, at 2pm, visit the Stax Museum to celebrate the book release of “Energy Never Dies: Afro-Optimism and Creativity in Chicago.” Author, DJ, and radio broadcaster Ayana Contreras will give a lecture about her journey through the success stories of Chicago’s Black artists and entrepreneurs, followed by a book signing. While there, you can also check out the new exhibit called “Love in the Club” featuring the 70s Chicago Nightclub photos of Michael Abramson.

For the links to these and other lifelong learning opportunities in Memphis, please find us on Facebook or check out our website.

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