Spotlight for the week of October 7

Oct 7, 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.

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With lots of happenings this week, I’m going to highlight two that dig deeply into the core conversations we need to have in Memphis around issues of race and racism. Both are on Saturday, October 12th. The Memphis Music Initiative is hosting a day-long training with Press On, a Southern movement media collective, to strategize about going beyond the language of diversity in journalism to confront the racist and patriarchal systems of power that keep certain gatekeepers in place and that shape the narratives that come out of news rooms. Even those who are aren’t journalists could benefit from this training, since this is vital to rethinking many institutions in Memphis. Spaces are limited. There is a link to the “Transforming Journalism Beyond Diversity” training on our website so that you can register to attend.  

For a more humorous take appropriate for a Saturday evening 6-8 p.m. slot, check out the conversation with Damon Young at Novel Bookstore based on his debut memoir, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker, which chronicles Young's efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses he has developed as a Black male in America. The cofounder of and a columnist for GQ, this is going to be a fun and illuminating exchange.


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