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We Gon' Be Alright: The Importance of the Arts in an Era of Resegregation

In a moment of cultural change and political turmoil, the arts are an essential part of the larger fight for empowerment and change in Memphis and cities around
the world. In this exciting event, we welcome world-renowned scholar and teacher Jeff Chang, whose passionate and provocative talk will challenge us to think
about the role of the arts — and those who love them — in the struggle for social justice in the 21st century.

An Evening with Claudia Rankine

Rhodes College is thrilled to welcome acclaimed author, Yale
    University professor, and 2016 MacArthur Fellowship recipient
    Claudia Rankine to campus. Rankine’s most recent book, 2014’s
    bestselling Citizen: An American Lyric, won the National Book
    Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the NAACP Image Award, and
    numerous other prizes. This book – which will form the basis of
    her remarks – engages America’s painful and complex history
    of race, citizenship, and policing in ways that invoke the past

Holograms and Microwaves: The Science of Black Music

The Africana Studies Program at Rhodes College is proud to welcome acclaimed scholar Shana L. Redmond. An interdisciplinary scholar of music, race, and politics, Redmond centers the sounds of the African diaspora within the global struggle for Black liberation. She offers groundbreaking and thought-provoking insights into how the practice of music-making has reflected and redirected the formation of racial identities and the resistance to colonialism and white supremacy.

Chinese in the Mississippi Delta and Greater Memphis: An Evening with Shaolu Yu

For the next event in the “Memphis Centered” speaker series,
we are proud to welcome our own Dr. Shaolu Yu. Dr. Yu, an urban
geographer and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban
Studies, will speak on her ongoing research into both historical
and contemporary Chinese immigrants and Chinese American
communities in the Mid-South. Although these experiences have
been obscured in discussions of the Memphis area, Yu will
demonstrate that they reveal a tight-knit and active community

Baldwin Now Symposium: Keynote Lecture

This two-day symposium celebrates the life and legacy of James Baldwin. Baldwin’s work has become a touchstone in our present cultural moment. Baldwin is an intellectual forbearer of Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesmyn Ward, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement, and a key reference for post-civil rights discussions of race in America. As such, Baldwin continues to be a cultural catalyst for American society.

Keynote lecture by Dwight McBride, author of Impossible Witness, Why I Hate Abercrombie and Fitch, and editor of James Baldwin Now.


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