Rhodes Institute Begins Today

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Publication Date: 6/11/2007

Nineteen students will participate in this year′s Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies, which begins today and runs through August 3.  These Rhodes Institute Fellows start the program with a two-week crash course on Memphis and the Mid-South, led by the program′s seven faculty members.  This portion of the program features faculty lectures, panels of community leaders and field trips.  This year′s trips will take Institute fellows near and far, from the Hollywood-Springdale community just north of the college to the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR.

After the introduction to the region, the fellows will dive into their individual research projects, which range from an ecological assessment of green space within the Hollywood-Springdale community to examining the distinctiveness of Memphis rap music.  In addition, two fellows will conduct research in the Clinton Library, three will analyze Civil Rights-era photographs in conjunction with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, and three will study archaeology at Ames Plantation in Fayette County, TN. 

"This year′s program includes the most exciting and diverse range of topics that we have ever seen in the Rhodes Institute," says Tim Huebner, associate professor of history and the Institute′s director.

The Rhodes Institute, founded in 2003, is dedicated to furthering meaningful academic research about Memphis and the surrounding region.