Fall 2019

Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community @ The Pink Palace

The Pink Palace’s 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. Click here for more information on this exhibit and other bicentennial exhibits.



If I Had a Camera: Art Shay: Activism, Civil Rights & Justice @ Art Museum of the University of Memphis, 9am-5pm on Monday-Saturday

The exhibit features the photographs of Art Shay (1922-2018), a Chicago-based photographer who in the 1960s photographed America's landmark civil rights movement, reflecting a struggle that is not history, but continues today. The exhibition includes 60 photographs depicting the 1965 voter registration effort in Fayette County, Tennessee; political action and unrest in Chicago during the 1960s (including the protests surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention); and Memphis in 1968 at the time of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Click here for more information!


Health Professions Advising & Urban Studies Series: Health Disparities: Measuring the Justice of a Society in the Bodies of its People @ Rhodes College, Buckman Hall, 5:30-7pm

Social class, race, religious faith, gender and sexuality—even the neighborhood a person lives in can affect their health outcomes and access to health care. In this series, we will hear from local experts about these complex relationships and discuss ways in which to be more effective advocates for policies to address health disparities in the community.

9/17: Presentation: From Difference to Disparity: Why Racism Makes Us Sick | Dr. Kendra Hotz

9/24: Panel: Experts Tackling Health Disparities in the Mid-South

10/17: Presentation: First, Do No Harm: Racism and the Empathy Gap in Healthcare | Dr. Duane Loynes

10/23: Panel: What does Cultural Humility Look Like in Healthcare

11/7: Presentation and Panel: Gender and Sexual Identity Related Disparities and Their Implications for Healthcare | Dr. Tyler Lefevor


Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form: Samulnori’s Global Circulations @ Frazier Jelke C, Rhodes College, 4pm

The South Korean percussion genre, samul nori, is a world phenomenon whose rhythmic form is the key to its popularity and mobility. Based on both ethnographic research and close formal analysis, author Katherine In-Young Lee focuses on the kinetic experience of samul nori, drawing out the concept of dynamism to show its historical, philosophical, and pedagogical dimensions. Breaking with traditional approaches to the study of world music that privilege political, economic, institutional, or ideological analytical frameworks, Lee argues that because rhythmic forms are experienced on a somatic level, they swiftly move beyond national boundaries and provide sites for cross-cultural interaction.

Contact Dr. Seok-Won Lee at lees@rhodes.edu for more information!


Cafe Conversations @ Brooks Museum, 6pm

Dr. Charles McKinney, Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of History at Rhodes College will center this month’s conversation around select pieces in the museum’s permanent collection by African American artists, including Victor Ekpuk’s mural Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis located in the African Gallery, and his own research which focuses on the African American experience in the United States.

For more information, check out the Brook Museum’s website!


Audacity Fest @ Cooper Young

A Cooper-Young gathering around travel and culture with an element of environmental sustainability in a series of events that include panel discussion, entertainment and smaller break-out gatherings.


Closing Lecture: Civil Rights and Social Unrest Through the Lens of Art Shay by Dr. Erik Gellman @ Art Museum at the University of Memphis, 6pm

Dr. Gellman is the author of the forthcoming book Troublemakers: Chicago Freedom Struggles Through the Lens of Art Shay (University of Chicago Press, Dec. 2019). Gellman’s closing lecture will explore Chicago activism and southern struggles to examine the interplay between grassroots movements and national political figures. Gellman will also examine how Shay’s images of social movements reflect the issues of inequality that continue to permeate America today.

Check out memphis.edu/benhooks/events for more information!


THATCamp Memphis 2019 @ University Center Fountain View Suite (UC 350), University of Memphis, 12pm-5pm

THATCamp Memphis 2019 will bring together digital humanities enthusiasts from the Memphis region to push the boundaries of both humanities research and what is meant by the digital. This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Division of Research and Innovation, organized by the “Digital Humanities Methods” Community of Research Scholars. It is co-sponsored by the Marcus Orr Center for the Humanities at the University of Memphis and the School of the Arts at Christian Brothers University. The organizers are Prof. Melanie Conroy (WLL, Memphis) and Kevin Chovanec (Literatures and Languages, CBU).

For more information, please email Melanie Conroy at mrconroy@memphis.edu.


Hyenas Film Screening @ Blount Auditorium, Rhodes College, 5pm

Hyenas (1992) by Senegalese director Djibril Diop Mambéty is described as “a film of sinister, mocking laughter, and a biting satire of a contemporary Senegal whose post-colonial dreams are faced with erosion by western materialism.” Free and open to the public, the screening (with English subtitles) will be held Sunday, Oct. 6, at 5 p.m. in Blount Auditorium. It also will feature an introduction and a post-screen discussion by Rhodes French professors Dr. Abou Bakar Mamah and Dr. Laura Loth.

For more information, click here!



How to be an Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi @ the National Civil Rights Museum, 6pm

Ibram X. Kendi’s concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America. It fundamentally points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. In How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it.

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Modern Things on Trial: Islam’s Global and Material Reform in the Early 20th Century @ Hardie Auditorium, Rhodes College, 5:30pm

In cities awakening to global exchange under European imperial rule, Muslims encountered all sorts of strange and wonderful new things—synthetic toothbrushes, toilet paper, telegraphs, railways, gramophones, brimmed hats, tailored pants, and lottery tickets. The passage of these goods across cultural frontiers spurred passionate debates. Realizing that these goods were changing religious practices and values, proponents and critics wondered what to outlaw and what to permit.

In this book, Leor Halevi tells the story of the Islamic trials of technological and commercial innovations of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He focuses on the communications of an entrepreneurial Syrian interpreter of the shariʿa named Rashid Rida, who became a renowned reformer by responding to the demand for authoritative and authentic religious advice.

For more information, contact Professor Etty Terem at tereme@rhodes.edu

Melissa Wilkinson: Queens and Monsters @ Buckman Hall, Rhodes College, 6pm

Through a tediously crafted watercolor painting practice, Melissa Wilkinson makes strange the ordinary. Influenced heavily by glitch art and data moshing, she sources and then reconfigure images from disco and late 70’s/early 80’s “tomboys” that have informed her identity and sense of self. Wilkinson says "I explore micro expressions, gender play and the exploration of my coming of age as a queer person. This series of paintings relates to my interest in dichotomies: obscuring and revealing, attraction and repulsion, good and evil, the past and the present. I work in water media on paper to create a vulnerable object and a tender presence through my touch."

Opening reception: October 25, 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Exhibition on view: October 26 - December 4, 11:00 - 5:00 Tuesday - Saturday


Land, Economic Mobility and Race | The Tale of Two Nations: One Rich, One Poor @ Hooks Institute Open House, 6pm

How do large equity firms diminish home wealth in low-income neighborhoods in Memphis? How do we create, sustain and advance the economic mobility of men and boys of color? What is the impact of workplace settings and job types on health disparities? The authors address these policy issues at the Hooks Institute’s Open House.

Check out memphis.edu/benhooks/events for more information!


An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden Lecture by Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell @ Hyde Hall, National Civil Rights Museum, 6pm

An American Odyssey provides a telling biography of the artist Romare Bearden, whose iconic collages transcended the visual stereotypes of African Americans and conveyed the richness and complexity of African American life in the civil rights era. Campbell is the tenth president of Spelman College.

Check out memphis.edu/benhooks/events for more information!


Shelby County Bicentennial @ Shelby Farms Park

This event will mark the closing ceremony of the city’s bicentennial of Shelby County’s formation. The event will feature an emphasis on the county’s six suburban cities and towns.