College Sponsored Lecture Series

The academic life of Rhodes is enhanced considerably by annual sponsored programs which make it possible for authorities in various fields of study to come to the College and to participate in a variety of events with faculty and students.

The Lillian and Morrie Moss Endowment for the Visual Arts

Established in 1984, the Moss Endowment brings to the College each year guest lecturers and visiting scholars in the fields of art, art history, and criticism for the benefit of Rhodes students and the Memphis community. This series has attracted national attention for its roster of speakers selected from the world's leading experts in the fields of art and art history.

The Peyton Nalle Rhodes Physics Lecture Series

Annually since 1984, the Peyton N. Rhodes Physics Lecture Series has brought to the campus and community experts in the physical sciences and astronomy. Endowed by friends of the former physics professor, president and namesake of the College, the lecture series has acquainted students, faculty, and friends with new developments and changing interpretations of the physical world.

James F. Ruffin Lecture in the Fine Arts

Established in 2001, the James F. Ruffin Lecture in the Fine Arts brings to campus speakers and symposia focused on the visual arts. The lectures are funded by a 1999 bequest from the late James F. Ruffin, founder and operator of Ruffin's Import and Interiors.

The Springfield Music Lectures

The Springfield Music Lectures were established in 1991 by a bequest from the late John Murry Springfield, '51. Each year an outstanding musicologist, researcher, music historian or music theorist presents both formal and informal lectures that foster an increased appreciation of music as an academic discipline. These lectures are open to the public as well as to the Rhodes community.

The Mike Curb Concert Series

The Mike Curb Institute for Music at Rhodes College was founded in 2006 through a generous gift from the Mike Curb Family Foundation. Through the Curb Concert Series, the Institute brings significant musicians associated with Memphis and the surrounding region to campus for concerts and interactions with the Rhodes community. All concerts are free and open to the general public.

The Jack D. Farris Visiting Writer Series

The Jack D. Farris Visiting Writers Series was established in 2013 by a bequest from the late Kathleen McClain, class of 1974, as a memorial to her beloved teacher, mentor and friend, Professor Jack D. Farris. The annual series brings to campus a renowned creative writer for lectures, workshops, and a public reading and reception.