Spotlight for the week of July 20

Jul 20, 2020

Credit Rhodes College

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.


Cholera, diptheria, St. Anthony's fire, dysentery, yellow fever, smallpox, tuberculosis. These are age-old diseases that tormented the citizens of Memphis in the 19th century. Elmwood Cemetery is offering an online lecture on the Plagues of Early Memphis on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6 PM – 7 PM. They’ll discuss palliative care, like leeches, herbs, and other means that early Memphis settlers used to care for themselves. Along with being pretty fascinating, it might help you feel slightly better about the situation we find ourselves in now.

On Wednesday, be sure to catch the final installment of the Rhodes Responds panel discussions on Black Communities and Law Enforcement. The series has already covered the recent protests of police brutality and the history of racism and against black communities in Memphis and the US.  This week, join Drs Kristie Lipford, Duane Loynes, Archandria Owens, and Aixa Marchand, four Black scholars from Rhodes College, who will discuss possible futures in response to calls for reform and reimagining a just tomorrow.

For links to these virtual events in Memphis, as well as other suggestions for lifelong learning, keep up with the Spotlight webpage, and make sure to follow us on Facebook.