Spotlight for the week of September 28

Sep 28, 2020

“Spotlight on Lifelong Learning” with Laura Loth, is a weekly look at some of the exciting public conversations upcoming around Memphis. Laura Loth is a professor at Rhodes College.


AI’d like to shine the spotlight on two events that will allow you to engage with some of the hard but important conversations that are going on in our country right now.  

On Wednesday, September 30 at 6pm, the Brooks Museum will host a conversation to discuss the role of art museums and cultural institutions in times of protest. It’s been estimated by UNESCO that 90% of Africa's cultural heritage is overseas but major museums in the US and Europe have refused demands to return stolen artifacts. Across the American South, calls to remove statues erected during the rise of Jim Crow laws intended to enforce racial segregation can no longer go unanswered. The Brooks literary salon will be an excellent space to open dialogue about these questions.

Another question. Are you registered to vote? Have you gone online and double checked ? Would you like to know why Tennesseans can’t vote by absentee ballot to avoid exposure to the coronavirus ? Join the American Constitution Society chapter of the University of Memphis school of law for a talk on Friday October 2, at 1pm. They will discuss voter suppression and the recent vacating of a lower court order to allow voting by absentee ballot in November.  Zoom ID 311 249 1317, Password: ACS2020

For links to these virtual events in Memphis, as well as other suggestions for lifelong learning, keep up with the Spotlight webpage, and make sure to follow us on Facebook.