Spotlight for the week of June 15

Jun 15, 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.



I’d like to draw your attention this week to two online conversations—both addressing urgent social questions and including a rich chorus of voices.

The first event takes place on Tuesday, June 16, at 6:30pm and its title is “From Protest to Policy Change: A Conversation about Race and Death Penalty.” In 2019, Joia Thornton initiated a Faith and Justice Experience in Memphis, bringing together faith and community leaders to share their experiences with the criminal legal system. The final event of this experience was a conversation with Sabrina Butler Smith, an exonerated death row inmate, who shared her story of wrongful conviction. On Tuesday, Smith and Thornton come together again for a free, online discussion about the racial injustice that pervades our legal system, including the death penalty, and how we can begin to address it.On Wednesday, June 17, at 7pm you can step into the final conversation of the Rhodes College Covid-19 Response Series. Dr. Patrick Gray, Professor of Religious Studies, Dr. Rebecca Klatzkin, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and Reverend Beatrix Weil, the Rhodes College Chaplain, will gather to discuss “Coping with Covid-19” from their diverse disciplinary perspectives, and you’re invited to join them.

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