A Conversation with Cary Fowler

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Contact person: Jennifer D Sciubba

How can one individual help negotiate an global treaty? How do you get diplomats and scientists to talk in the same room and work together on some of the world's biggest environmental problems? And how prepared is the international community for future challenges? Join us for a conversation with Rhodes' own, Dr. Cary Fowler, international diplomat and advocate for crop diversity and food security. Light refreshments will be served.

The Stewards of Overton Park: A History of a Place and Its People, An Evening with Brooks Lamb '17

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Contact person: Charles Hughes

Since its opening in the early 20th century, Overton Park and the many institutions within it have been sites of transformative importance for Memphians. Join us as Brooks Lamb ’17 celebrates the release of his new book, Overton Park: A People’s History, which traces the park’s story from the perspective of those who shaped it. In this exciting conversation, Lamb will draw on his extensive research and groundbreaking approach to discuss Memphians’ rich and complex relationship to this crucial space.
Brooks, a 2016 Truman Scholar, is currently the conservation projects manager (Rural Lands) for The Land Trust for Tennessee.

A book signing will follow the event. 
This event is free and open to the public. 
No reservations are required. 

Environmental Studies and Sciences
The Memphis Center at Rhodes

Communities in Conversation: Claire Colebrook, 200th anniversary celebration of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Contact person: Jacqueline Baker

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, but it also marks nearly two decades since the concept of the Anthropocene was proposed as a new strata—marking a threshold, where humans as a species have altered the earth at a geological level.  Frankenstein might seem to be the anti-Promethean manifesto for our time, warning us against playing God, asking us to be more mindful of the moral presence of nature.  There is, however, a hyper-Promethean way in which we might read Shelley’s Frankenstein.  Rather, than take on Victor Frankenstein’s moral anguish that he was guilty of over-reaching, perhaps we should look at the world from the point of view of the orphaned creature, whose only thought of life is not survival, procreation, and longevity: not living on, but living with nature.

A reception will precede the lecture at 5:30 p.m.

Cancelled: Climate Ethics: A Discussion with J. Baird Callicott

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Please note that this event has been cancelled.

J. Baird Callicott '63 retired as University Distinguished Research Professor and Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas in 2015. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy, as well as an author of numerous books, journal articles, and book chapters in environmental philosophy and ethics. His most recent book, Thinking Like a Planet: The Land Ethic and the Earth Ethic, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.
There will be a reception preceding the lecture at 5:00 pm in Blount Lobby and a panel discussion following Dr. Callicott's remarks with Dr. Jeff Jackson, Assoc. Professor and Chair, History; Dr. Leigh Pittenger, Asst. Professor, Religious Studies; and Dr. Rebecca Tuvel, Asst. Professor, Philosophy.

Awards and Fellowships

Professor Rosanna Cappellato was instrumental in building and sustaining the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program at Rhodes.  This award was established to perpetuate Professor Cappellato’s memory and to promote activities that advance environmental and wildlife conservation by a Rhodes student who embodies Dr. Cappellato′s passion for studying and conserving the natural world.