Spotlight for the week of November 4

Nov 6, 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.

Two shouts this week both happening on Thursday, November 7th at 6 p.m. covering very different topics. One option is to attend a talk at the National Civil Rights Museum by Mary Schmidt Campbell, the tenth President of Spelman College, who will be accepting her Ben Hooks Institute National Book award for An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden. Campbell’s biography of one of America’s greatest artists – whose iconic images conveyed the richness and complexity of African American life – is the perfect accompaniment to the current special exhibit of Bearden’s work at the National Civil Rights Museum.Also on Thursday night at 6 pm, but at the University of Memphis, is a talk by Lauren Benton, a professor at Vandy, about small and undeclared wars throughout world history, like the war on terror today. Titled, “Small Wars in the Name of Peace: Legalities of Violence in European Empires,” Benton will explore the legal and imperial consequences of these small wars, often waged in the name of peace, but employing extreme acts of violence to further imperial goals.To learn about other lifelong learning opportunities, you can now follow WKNO Spotlight on Facebook or Twitter or just check the 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