Spotlight for the week of May 20

May 20, 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

This Wednesday, May 22nd is the day that Memphis was founded 200 years ago. There have been lots of events around town commemorating a slice of this history. But if you want to get a panoramic view of the whole, you should visit the Pink Palace’s exhibit, “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community.” Their bicentennial exhibit examines the legendary events and iconic Memphians who have made this city what it is. Rather than a linear overview, the exhibit is structured as a web of stories around five themes: Geography and the Environment, Migration and Settlement, Commerce and Entrepreneurialism, Art and Entertainment, and Heritage and Identity. Rather than going from event to event, the idea is to show intersections and influences in Memphis’ past. The exhibit is also designed to directly involve the community, with curated display items chosen by visitors. You can vote for your favorite artifact remotely or at an iPad in the exhibit, and selections rotate monthly. “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community” is on display at the Pink Palace until October 20th. Other Pink Palace Family of Museum properties, including the Lichterman Nature Center and Mallory-Neely Historic House, also have special exhibits for the bicentennial, so check out their website for more information.

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