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Spotlight for the week of March 20, 2023

Rhodes College

Wednesday, March 22n, is World Water Day, a global campaign dedicated to universal clean water access.

Just recently, a spectacular group of Memphians fought hard to protect our aquifer. You can honor their work by attending one of these events this week.

First, on Wednesday at 6:30pm, the Wolf River Conservancy is hosting a virtual webinar with Sarah Houston, the Executive Director of Protect Our Aquifer. Houston will provide an update on the recently threatened water source and why it’s important we continue fighting for its safety. Her lecture is free and open to the community, but registration is required. On Saturday at 10am, the Conservancy’s World Water Day celebrations culminate in a volunteer cleanup at Mud Island.

Then, on Thursday at 6pm, award-winning author and historian Andy Horowitz will be at the University of Memphis to give his lecture “New Orleans’s History, America’s Future: Katrina, Covid, and the Climate Crisis.” Sponsored by the Department of History and the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, this event investigates the causes and consequences of Hurricane Katrina, including what lessons might be learned for future disasters as Louisiana faces the devastating effects of coastal erosion. All are welcome, and attendance is free.

For links to these and other lifelong learning opportunities in Memphis, please visit our Facebook page 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
Brittany Ashley is a senior at Rhodes College, majoring in Art History and English, with concentrations in Museum Studies and Creative Writing. She will be pursuing her MA in Art History with hopes of working in the Education and Interpretation Department of an art museum. Originally from Kentucky, she will soon become a Denverite along with her partner and her cat, Poppet.