Paul Ortiz: The Making of an African American and Latinx History of the United States

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Contact person: Christy Waldkirch

An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a new interpretation of US history that builds on earlier generations of ethnic studies scholarship. An intersectional history of the shared struggle for human rights from 1776 to present, the book is an accessible narrative history arguing that Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa were integral to the development of democracy in the United States. From this grassroots perspective, ordinary people sought to build bridges of solidarity between the nations—not walls. Ortiz will discuss how the book is being integrated into college and high school social studies curricula seeking inclusiveness and historical accuracy.

Restless Youth and the Global 1968: Legacies of Rebellion 50 Years Later

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Contact person: Carol Kelley

Dr. Richard Ivan Jobs is a Professor of History at Pacific University Oregon. He will discuss two of the most fascinating aspects of 1968: the prominent role played by the young and the scale of simultaneous protests around the world. What explains these two historically distinctive elements of 1968? What legacies remain?

An Evening with Werner Herzog

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The Film and Media Studies program at Rhodes College presents a public screening of Werner Herzog’s THE WILD BLUE YONDER (2005), followed by a Q&A session with the legendary filmmaker himself. 

THE WILD BLUE YONDER tells the story of an alien species seeking refuge on earth while humans are looking for other worlds to colonize. Though the film announces itself as a “science fiction fantasy,” its combination of mesmerizing footage from NASA missions and underwater exploration in Antarctica with originally produced material defies easy categorization. It offers a haunting meditation on eco-conservation, on longing for home, and on what being an alien really means. It won the FIPRESCI Award at the Venice Film Festival in 2005.

Werner Herzog is among the most daring, influential, and prolific contemporary filmmakers. He emerged as a creative force from the New German Cinema and has earned international critical acclaim with epics like AGUIRRE, THE WRATH OF GOD (1972) and FITZCARRALDO (1982) as well as documentaries like FATA MORGANA (1971), LITTLE DIETER NEEDS TO FLY (1997), and GRIZZLY MAN (2005). Spectacular and perplexing, Herzog’s films are set in unique landscapes that become reflections of emotional states; they blur distinctions between reality and fiction and are often populated by mad men and women at psychological extremes. As Roger Ebert once put it, Herzog is among a handful of directors who “keep the movies vibrating.”

This event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available to the Rhodes community at Rhodes Express and to the public at Novel bookstore, located at 387 Perkins Extd. 

Film and Media Studies

Fallou Ngom presents Forensic Linguistics and Asylum Seeking Language Analysis for the Determination of Origin (LADO)

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Fallou Ngom is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the African Language Program at Boston University. His current research interests include the interactions between African languages and non-African languages, the adaptations of Islam in sub-Saharan Africa, and Ajami literatures—records of African languages written in Arabic script. He seeks to understand the knowledge buried in African Ajami literatures and the historical, cultural, and religious heritage that has found expression in this manner. Another area of Ngom’s work is LADO (Language Analysis for the Determination of National Origin), a subfield of Forensic Linguistics. His work has appeared in many scholarly venues, including in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, Language Variation and Change, Journal of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and the African Studies Review. He is the author of  Muslims Beyond the Arab World: The Odyssey of Ajami and The Muridiyya (Oxford University Press, July 2016). He has held Fulbright, ACLS/SSRC/NEH, and Guggenheim fellowships.

International Studies

CANCELLED: Prof. Sharon Kinoshita: Marco Polo and the Global Middle Ages

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*Prof. Kinoshita has had to cancel her visit to Rhodes due to severe flooding and mudslides in Santa Cruz, CA.*

Sharon Kinoshita, Professor and Chair of Literature at UC-Santa Cruz, will speak on "Marco Polo and the Global Middle Ages."

Prof. Kinoshita's current work is primarily focused in Medieval Mediterranean Studies. With Brian Catlos (Religious Studies, Colorado-Boulder and History, UCSC), she co-directs the UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies as well as the University of California Multicampus Research Project Initiative in Mediterranean Studies ( Her work in this area includes two book manuscripts in progress. Paying Tribute: Old French Literature and the Medieval Culture of Empire studies vernacular French representations of and interactions with an imperial culture, distinct from that of post-Carolingian Europe, shared by Latin Christian, Byzantine, and Muslim courts. Medieval Mediterranean Literature explores new approaches to canonical and non-canonical medieval texts in the historical context of the high and late medieval Mediterranean, c. 1100-1400. In the field of Old French Literature, Prof. Kinoshita has recently co-authored books on Chretien de Troyes and Marie de France. She is currently working on a translation of and monograph on Marco Polo.


Choro das 3: Brazilian Music Concert

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Choro das 3, a Brazilian instrumental group, returns to Memphis for two days.  They will be visiting Rhodes College for the very first time!

Concert will be held Tuesday, April 12th, at 7:00pm, and a hands-on strings and percussion workshop will be held Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30pm.

Both events are free and open to the public.

To sign up for the workshop please call: 888-408-4181

Peter Soppelsa: Nature & Technology in Paris' Waterscape, 1870-1914

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How do nature and technology shape where water flows?  How do they affect who has access to it? Using Paris as a case-study, Soppelsa examines the city's "waterscape" to investigate the place of water in society during a period where how Parisians used their water changed dramatically and became highly politicized.  He raises fundamental questions about how humans and non-humans make ecological change.  Soppelsa's talk resonates with today's debates on "water wars," water infrastructure, and water pollution.

Grief Has No Language - Memorial

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures invites the Rhodes Community to express condolences at our memorial in front of the Language Center, Palmer Hall, first floor.

      Russian Flight to
      St. Petersburg
      (October 31, 2015)
      Beirut, Lebanon
      (November 12, 2015)
      Paris, France
      (November 13, 2015)

Modern Languages and Literatures

An Evening of Parisian Jazz

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Rhodes will present an Evening of Parisian Jazz including a lecture by Making Jazz French author Jeffrey H. Jackson and music performed by local band Le Tumulte Noir. Free and open to the public, the event begins at 6 p.m. in Hardie Auditorium of Palmer Hall on campus. French themed hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Jackson, who is the J.J. McComb Professor in the Rhodes Department of History, will discuss "How Parisians Made Jazz Their Own." Jackson also is author of Paris Under Water and Music and History: Bridging the Disciplines. "When jazz arrived in Paris, it shocked audiences, but over time, it became an important part of the city's entertainment scene," says Jackson. "I think this lecture/concert will reveal both the sense of surprise listeners felt and also show why jazz is now still so popular in France today."

The band will play music based upon what might have been heard in Paris in the 1920s and 1930s by French musicians Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and their famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Says John Bass, a member of Le Tumulte Noir and director of Rhodes Mike Curb Institute for Music, "It is fascinating to see what happens when jazz lands in Europe and becomes what is sometimes referred to as 'hot jazz.' You can feel the passion those musicians had for this new style of music in the energy of those great recordings."

The event is co-sponsored by the Alliance Francaise de Memphis and Rhodes' Mike Curb Institute of Music, Department of Music, Department of History, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and Africana Studies.