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Spotlight for the week of April 10, 2023

Rhodes College

Our two spotlighted events this week invite you to explore the arts and humanities and their life-changing potential.

First, on Thursday at 5:30pm, Communities in Conversation is hosting Roosevelt Montás, author of Raising Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation. In his book, Montás grapples with the positive impact a liberal education has had on his life and why the Great Books have the power to speak to people of all backgrounds, specifically members of marginalized communities. An author and Senior Lecturer at Columbia University, Montás, who was born in the Dominican Republic, will give an intimate account of his engagement with the humanities at this event in Blount Auditorium on Rhodes College campus.

Then, on Friday from 6 to 9pm, the current resident artists of Crosstown Arts will open their studios to all visitors. Su-Yee Lin and Keith S. Wilson are writers and poets, Edo Rosenblith works in a variety of visual mediums, Kelsey Harrison is a sculptor, Apollo Mighty makes R&B and Soul music, and Jennifer Sargent draws and weaves tapestries. This free event is a unique opportunity to meet a variety of creative individuals, learn about their processes, and maybe gain some inspiration for your own artistic projects!

For links to these and other lifelong learning opportunities in Memphis, please visit our Facebook page or check out our website.

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.
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