From Boss Crump to King Willie: How Race Changed Memphis Politics

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A Conversation with Otis Sanford

The city of Memphis underwent significant
changes in the 20th century, none more so
than the political transformations caused by
the Civil Rights Movement and the broader push
for political power among African Americans.
In this engaging event, celebrated Memphis
journalist and University of Memphis professor
Otis Sanford – the author of an acclaimed new
book on the subject – will discuss this crucial
aspect of the city’s history and its contemporary
repercussions. He will be joined in conversation
by Rhodes professors Charles McKinney (History,
Africana Studies) and Michael Nelson (Political
Science) for an engaging and provocative

A book signing will follow the event.

This event is free and open to the public.
No reservations are required.

Memphis Center

A Lecture by Sam Lovejoy

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Getting Your Passion Going to Save the Planet: A Lecture by Sam Lovejoy

From Thoreau to contemporary passive resistance movements, Sam Lovejoy will discuss political philosophy and his experiences as one of the leading environmental activists of our time. Sam Lovejoy was a founder of the non-violent, direct action NO NUKES movement. In 1974 he knocked over a 500-foot weather tower in his home town of Montague, MA, to protest a planned nuclear power plant project. He immediately turned himself into the police, and handed the sergeant a 4-page statement taking full responsibility for his actions. He was indicted for a felony and stood trial, defending himself without a lawyer. He was acquitted by the judge after an 8-day trial. Thus began the opposition to nuclear plants being built throughout the country and the world.

Anthropology and Sociology

Constitution Day Lecture: Jeffrey Rosen

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Jeffrey Rosen is the president and chief executive officer of the
National Constitution Center, the only institution in America
chartered by Congress “to disseminate information about the United
States Constitution on a non-partisan basis.” Rosen is also a professor
at the George Washington University Law School, a nonresident
senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a contributing editor
for the Atlantic.

Free Speech, Diversity, Inclusion: Is There a Balance?

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A Conversation With:

Keegan Callanan, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College; Noelle Chaddock, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Diversity and Inclusivity, Rhodes College; James R. Stoner, Jr., Hermann Moyse, Jr., Professor and Director of the Eric Voegelin Institute in the Department of Political Science, Louisiana State University

Moderated by: Daniel Cullen, Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College

Commenting on the recent incident at Middlebury College that has galvanized the higher-ed community, an editorial in the Atlantic Monthly concluded: “What once seemed like a divide among students has now created a fault line in the academic community, in what is perhaps a fitting example of the constructive dialogue that should have occurred on the Middlebury campus. Even so, it raises the question: How can students strike the appropriate balance between protest and tolerance when their educators disagree on which is most important?”

Join us for a discussion of this important question, Monday April 17th at 7:00pm in McCallum Ballroom. A dessert reception will precede the discussion at 6:30 in the Crain Reception Hall. Seats and desserts will be first come, first served.


Political Science

Election 2016: How the Heck Did That Happen? A Talk by Marc Hetherington

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Marc Hetherington is professor of political science at Vanderbilt University. He studies the American electorate, with a particular focus on the polarization of public opinion. He is the author of three scholarly books, the most recent of which, Why Washington Won’t Work, won the Alexander George Award from the International Society of Political Psychology as the best book in the field of political psychology published in 2015. His second book, Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, co-authored with Jonathan Weiler, won the Philip Converse Award in 2016 from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the APSA. Taken together, these two awards have led many to wonder what is wrong with his first book, Why Trust Matters. In 2004, Hetherington was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association. He has published more than a dozen articles in a wide range of top scholarly journals and also won several college and university teaching awards. 

There will be a light reception following the talk in the Frazier Jelke lobby.



Political Science