Spotlight for the week of March 23

Mar 23, 2020

Credit Rhodes College

Many local colleges and schools have already made the transition to online learning, some begin today. 

Please wish all the teachers you know good luck as we navigate these uncharted waters.  And as you socially isolate and stay home if you’re able, I have a few suggestions that might help you engage with some new ideas and nurture yourself.

First, the Washington DC Environmental Film Festival is making its programming free and streamable for the rest of the month. They’ve made over 60 feature length and short films available to the public. This is the world’s premier showcase of environmentally themed films, celebrating the power of film to inspire stewardship of the environment.

For families looking for some outlets to explore together, a website called Chatterpack has curated links to virtual museum tours, wildlife viewing cams, open access courses, online concerts,  and more. It’s a great one-stop shop if you’re needing a little inspiration.

Finally, if you’re looking for some stillness, The On Being Project, by public radio humanist Krista Tippett, is offering up content that nourishes and accompanies during these times that have us feeling especially vulnerable. The On Being website gathers conversations, essays, and poems in what they’ve called a Listening Care Package for Uncertain Times.  You’ll find links to these sites and more on our Facebook Page and 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.