The Turley Memphis Center′s Mission
The Turley Memphis Center empowers people to create social change in Memphis. The Center provides opportunities that empower Rhodes faculty, staff, and students to address issues of public concern in Memphis and the Mid-South. The Center creates social change by raising public awareness about social issues, encouraging deliberate and reflective dialogue, and community-based research, teaching, and scholarship.
Our Memphis Centered Lecture Series is a public lecture series geared toward promoting understanding and scholarship happening in and about Memphis and the region. The Turley Memphis Center collaborates with community partners and other institutions of higher education in the region to promote research, teaching, and scholarship.
- Journalism in Pursuit of Justice: From Ida B. Wells to MLK50
- Community Response to a Global Health Crisis
- Memphis Colleges Service Coalition: Prison Reform and Mass Incarceration
- Healthcare Disparities in Medical Training
- Understanding Environmental Justice & Environmental Racism
- Are You Family? Black and LGBT+ in the Midsouth
- In This Place Speaker Series: 200 Years of Race & Place
- Why Bushwick Bill Matters
In partnership with department liaisons, the Turley Memphis Center supports faculty curriculum development centered around activities that expand connections between the classroom and hands-on learning in Memphis communities.
The Turley Memphis Center offers two student fellowships.
The Fellowship in the Arts is a paid, project-based fellowship designed to promote creative works of art in partnership with local artists or arts organizations. Students work with faculty mentors to complete projects in studio art, performing art, or digital art. Faculty mentors also receive a stipend.
The Turley Scholars Fellowship is an immersive, community-engagement fellowship designed to collaborate with community-based organizations to promote positive, lasting social change. Students may receive academic credit for participating in activities that expand connections between classroom experience and real-world experience.
The Turley Memphis Center has hosted several conferences and events geared towards empowering people to create social change in Memphis and the Mid-South. Below are some examples:
- Back in Memphis with the Country Blues Again: A Symposium on the Past, Present, and Future of the Memphis Country Blues Festivals
- From Civil War to Civil Rights: Race, Region, and the Making of Public Memory
- In collaboration with Mike Curb Institute, TMC hosted the Beale Street Symposium and Memphis: Art and Place Conference
- The Pain into Power Symposium
- The Turley Memphis Center co-sponsored the Rhodes Health Equity Symposium featuring Harriet Washington
Event coverage can be found across the following websites:
- The Sou'wester (An interview with Yolanda McNair, whose daughter was killed by Detroit police)
- WREG-TV (Families of police shooting victims stop in Memphis to talk empowerment)
- Fox-13 (Rhodes College hosts 'Pain into Power: Weekend Empowerment' symposium)
- Tri-State Defender (TSDRadio: Moving to turn pain into power)
- The Daily Memphian (Families of police shooting victims gather for weekend event)