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.


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


G. Wayne Dowdy: Lost Restaurants of Memphis @ Novel, 6pm

Memphis is well known for its cuisine, and there is no end to the iconic restaurants that hold a place in the hearts of locals. Johnny Mills Barbecue was home to the barbecue king of Beale Street. Gaston's Restaurant was owned by John Gaston, the prince of Memphis restaurateurs. Leonard's Pit Barbecue was operated by Leonard Heuberger, the man who invented the pulled pork sandwich. Gayhawk Drive-In was hugely popular with African Americans during segregation. Author G. Wayne Dowdy details the history of Memphis's most celebrated restaurants and the reasons they will live forever.

Go to Novel’s website for more information!




Larry Moore: Images of Beale Street @ Novel, 2pm

1909, it's the dawn of a new turbulent century with new technologies, styles and social issues. In this new world, a young black attorney, Thomas Bradford fights for justice on the battlefields of Cuba and in the Courts of the City of Memphis. Thomas, struggling for acceptance by both the black and white communities, is drawn into the tough, hard nose political world of Memphis, a city coming to terms with its past and bracing for the turbulence yet to come. A historical novel based on the true facts of the city.

Luna Nova Music presents An Evening of Music and Shakespeare @ Rhodes College, McNeil Concert Hall, 7:30pm

Featuring music by Claude Debussy, Juan Maria Solare, John Dowland, G. P. Telemann, Roger Quilter, and Erich Korngold, performed by Daniel Gilbert, violin, Kelly Hermann, flute, Ben Minden-Birkemaier, guitar, Brian Ray, piano, and Paul Murray, baritone

Contact lunanova.org – 901-493-0958 for more information!



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

“The First Political Order: Sex and World Politics” with Dr. Valerie M. Hudson @ Spence Wilson Room of Briggs Hall, Rhodes College, 6:30pm

In her forthcoming book, The First Political Order: Sex, Governance, and National Security, Hudson has researched how the subordination of women in social and political structures has wide-ranging implications for global security and development. The book incorporates research findings spanning a variety of social science disciplines and includes comprehensive empirical data detailing the status of women around the globe.

For more information, contact Prof. Jennifer Sciubba, Phi Beta Kappa president at Rhodes, atsciubbaj@rhodes.edu or (901) 843-3571.


Pain Into Power Symposium @ Rhodes College Library, Barret 051, 9am - 3pm

This forum is intended to advance open dialogue on issues of race, racism, law, and the lasting impact on families and communities. High-profile occurrences of police violence and injustice have plagued the news headlines in recent years. National and local incidents have ignited riots and peaceful protests alike. As the world watches these fatalities play out in the media, real families are living this traumatic reality. Join us as we listen to their stories, in their own words. The Pain into Power Symposium serves as a day of advocacy and healing intended to amplify the voices of those who are disproportionately impacted by police violence. The symposium will navigate difficult discussions on issues of public trust, accountability, and cultural understanding of this deep-rooted and complex problem, while also highlighting resources and achievable solutions to reduce police killings in our society. By sharing personal experiences and taking control of the narrative, pain can be transformed into power and liberation.

Registration is required, but the event is free and open to the public.




Author Visit: Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate @ Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3pm

Join writers Judy Christie and Lisa Wingate for their new release, Before and After, the non-fiction sequel to Before We Were Yours. In it you’ll hear some of the incredible, poignant, and true stories of victims of the Tennessee Children’s Home adoption scandal.

The event is free, but anyone purchasing a copy of the book from the Novel bookstore (booth in-store or online) before the event will be first to get it signed.

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!

Small Wars in the Name of Peace: Legalities of Violence in European Empires @ River Room, 300 University Center, University of Memphis, 6pm

Small and undeclared wars occurred in every period and place in world history. These ubiquitous conflicts were especially important in the formation of global empires. This lecture explores the legalities of small wars and traces patterns in the peacetime use of force in a diverse set of cases from European, Latin American, and South Asian history. The examples show that truces and other peace pacts structured the violence of conquest. Imperial agents justified extreme acts of violence, including massacres, as necessary modes of punishment for rebels or as the result of the savagery of allies in proxy wars. Widely repeating patterns point to the continuing legal legacy of small wars, for example in the global war on terror.

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Marathon Reading of “Paradise Lost” @ English Commons, 312 Southwestern Hall, Rhodes College, 7:30am - 5:00pm

Join the “fit audience . . . though few” who have read Paradise Lost. We commence early (7:30am) with coffee and pastries for your eager appetite, break for noontide repast (a.k.a. pizza), rashly eat fair enticing fruit around 3pm, and take our solitary way after 5pm.

Drop by for just a few lines, or stay for all 10,565!


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.