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Spotlight for the week of April 17, 2023

Rhodes College

This Saturday is Earth Day, but Memphis is celebrating all week long.

First, on Wednesday at 6:30pm, the Wolf River Conservancy is hosting a virtual presentation by Indigo Ag, an agricultural technology company focused on sustainable farming. Staff from their Memphis location will discuss the concept of regenerative agriculture and its environmental benefits.

Then, on Thursday at 5:30pm, Burke’s Books welcomes Memphis native Dana Sachs – author, journalist, and co-founder of Humanity Now: Direct Refugee Relief. She will sign and discuss her latest book, All Else Failed: The Unlikely Volunteers at the Heart of the Migrant Aid Crisis, which follows the stories of seven individuals and their families as they navigate war-torn homes, the crash of international aid systems, and the network of volunteers who stepped up to help.

Finally, on Sunday at 3pm, the Metal Museum is holding an opening reception for its latest exhibition, Reimagining the Real. The featured artists, Ana M. Lopez and Natalie Macellaio, will give a talk about their work, which uses everyday objects to comment on power, privilege, and the environment.

For links to these and even more Earth Day 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.