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Spotlight for the Week of April 11

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Rhodes College
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History shows us that the thinning of valuable resources needed to sustain a good life continues to drive wars, disease, and poverty. The Department of International Studies and the Environmental Studies Program at Rhodes College invite you to join professor and political demographer Dr. Jennifer Sciubba in a celebration of her newest publication, 8 Billion and Counting: How Sex, Death, and Migration Shape Our World.  Sciubba draws from decades of research and policy experience to describe the power of population in determining societal change. Sciubba argues that the story of the twenty-first century is less a story about exponential population growth, as the previous century was, than it is a story about differential growth—shifting trends in fertility, mortality and migration. The event takes place on Tuesday at 6pm at Rhodes and will be followed by book signing.

Then, on Thursday at 7pm, the Stax Museum of American Soul Music welcomes Aaron Cohen, humanities writer and professor at City Colleges of Chicago, to discuss his book Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power. Cohen describes the boom of Chicago Soul throughout the late 20th century as a marker of Black empowerment for the community. This event will also be followed by a book signing.

Dr. Loth received a B.A. with high honors in French Studies from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in French Literature from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her dissertation, entitled “Moving Pictures: Gender, Vision, and Narrative from Colonial Algeria to Contemporary France,” was awarded with distinction.