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Spotlight for the week of April 18

Rhodes College

Questions of social justice and environmental justice go hand in hand. This week, we’re spotlighting two events that address past concerns as we look towards a more just future. 

On Tuesday April 19th at 6pm, the Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis is celebrating the premiere of “Facing Down Storms: Memphis and the Making of Ida B. Wells.” This documentary explores the early life of Wells, who used the power of journalism to expose international audiences to the injustices of the rising practice of lynching in the United States. Wells’ impact on the city has recently been recognized with a plaza downtown and the renaming of a section of Fourth St. in her honor. 

Then on Wednesday April 20th, the Wolf River Conservancy continues their Restoration Series Online with a talk from U of M professor Jenna Thompson. At 6:30pm, Thompson will discuss the field of “Sustainable Design, how it benefits human and environmental health, and is an important tool to achieving and sustaining a higher quality of life as we navigate our uncertain future in the face of climate change.

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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