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Beyond Expectation: Harlan Hutton

Harlan Hutton '20 thought her passion for music and mind for math were incompatible, until she came to Rhodes. At Rhodes, Harlan has been empowered to explore all of her interests and discover that true purpose uses all of her talents. 

Pursuing her music with the Mike Curb Institute, Hutton noticed that Memphis music history often leaves out the contributions of women. When she began the summer as a Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies fellow, she thought she would write a research paper on the subject. However, in quintessential liberal arts fashion, she was inspired to marry her business and analytical skills with her knowledge of music to create a website called the Loud Women Project, which includes a timeline of Memphis music history as told through the women who made it possible.

She coded the website from scratch and told the stories of many women who do not have biographies elsewhere.

"I've always considered my musicianship and math-mindedness as two very separate parts of myself. To combine them in a way that yielded such a unique and powerful project speaks to the larger liberal arts context. Rhodes professors want you to integrate all of your skillsets from all of your classes and all of your background," Hutton says.

Hutton is majoring in business and math and hopes to bring both together in her career.