The Memphis Center at Rhodes

The Sun Ra Arkestra in Concert

The pioneering Afrofuturist jazz ensemble will perform live on the Rhodes College campus, also featuring the Rhodes Jazz Band. Continuing the legacy of Sun Ra, the Arkestra is under the direction of original member Marshall Allen, who recently celebrated his 94th birthday. Earlier that week, on Tuesday 10/23 at 6:00 in Blount Auditorium, the Turley Memphis Center will host a panel in conjunction with the concert titled “Memphis Afro-Futurism and Speculative Fiction.”

Brooks Lamb, Overton Park: A People's History

Author and recent Rhodes graduate Brooks Lamb returns to campus in celebration of his new book Overton Park: A People’s History. This book, which documents the history of Overton Park and its role in the lives of Memphians, was produced during Lamb’s time as a Bonner Scholar and in the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies. At this event, we will celebrate the release of the book with a discussion and signing.

Memphis Centered, New Worlds and Black Futures: An Evening with Memphis Afro-Futurist Writers

Among Memphis’s many rich cultural traditions, the city has long been a center of Black literary culture. In this conversation, we spotlight one strain of that tradition, spotlighting Memphis-based authors and artists who work specifically in science fiction, fantasy and other forms of speculative literature. Their award-winning work helps us navigate existing worlds and envision new ones. Spotlighting their work and their journeys from Memphis through the universe, they will demonstrate how writing and other art forms help us to imagine alternative possibilities.

Memphis Centered: Deep South Dispatches, An Evening with Anne Farris Rosen

Journalist and Rhodes alum Anne Farris Rosen is the editor of Deep South Dispatch, a recent collection of writings by her father John Herbers, who reported on the Civil Rights Movement for The New York Times and elsewhere. Rosen will discuss her father’s work as well as her own journey from Southwestern at Memphis to a career in journalism and teaching. A reception and book signing will follow the event. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Memphis Centered, Journalism in Pursuit of Justice: From Ida B. Wells to MLK50 - An Evening with Wendi C. Thomas

In Memphis and elsewhere, the media plays a crucial role in either maintaining or dismantling inequality. In this thought-provoking conversation, award-winning journalist Wendi C. Thomas considers the long tradition of Memphis journalism – by both formally-trained and citizen journalists – that has promoted the cause of justice. She will consider it specifically within the context of her work as editor and publisher of the MLK50: Justice through Journalism project.

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