Spotlight for the week of March 18

Mar 25, 2019

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Host Jonathan Judaken is the Spence L. Wilson Chair in the Humanities at Rhodes College.

Credit Rhodes College

Two deep dives this week. First, Rhodes College’s Curb Institute hosts Queen Bey and the Intersection of Justice, Identity, and Popular Culture in the South, a panel discussion organized and moderated by Curb Visiting Scholar Isabel González Whitaker. It brings together an amazing group of scholars, activists, and artists to discuss the cultural significance of Beyoncé. The event also celebrates the release of Queen Bey, an anthology of essays edited by panelist Veronica Chambers. The discussion will be held in the McNeill Concert Hall on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and book signing to follow.

Second, in the wake of the Christchurch massacre of 50 Muslims praying in their mosque, inspired by the AME Church massacre of African Americans in Charleston, and following the Pittsburgh massacre of Jews, I will lead a conversation about “How All Racisms are Intertwined,” aimed specifically at young professionals. Join me on Thursday at 6:00 pm at Crosstown Concourse in the Temple Israel space to explore how Judeophobia, Negrophobia, Islamophobia and xenophobia are entangled. You can get more info about these free and open events on our website.

For more ideas about public programs upcoming in Memphis, visit where you will find a list of lectures and book talks happening around town. Spotlight on Lifelong Learning is a partnership between Rhodes College and WKNO-FM.