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Spotlight for the week of May 2

Rhodes College

If you’re like me, you’ve been balancing the pull between cultivating your garden and traveling the world. Memphis is offering two perfect opportunities to nurture those two sides of yourself.

On Tuesday, May 3 at 7pm, The Memphis Horticultural Society and the Memphis Botanic Garden welcome Dr. Beronda Montgomery, Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State. Dr. Montgomery’s most recent publication, Lessons from Plants, invites us to appreciate our interdependence with plants and shows how plant behavior and adaptation offer valuable insights for human thriving.

On Saturday May 7th at 6pm, the Memphis Museum of Science and History is collaborating with the Ghanaian Association of Memphis for Taste of Ghana! Explore many sides of Ghanaian culture with authentic food, live music, a marketplace, and readings from Memphians from Ghana. This is a unique opportunity to meet the local and greater Ghanaian communities and deepen your understanding of Memphis as part of the African diaspora.

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