College of Liberal Arts
Southern Studies

CottonThe Mercer University Southern Studies Center examines the complex history and culture of the U.S. South.

The center offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that studies the region from multiple perspectives including courses in African American studies, English, history, political science, and cultural studies.

The center also offers Southern Semester, a unique opportunity for students from American and international universities to learn about and to experience the people, history, and culture of the U.S. South.

The center hosts the Lamar Memorial Lecture Series, the most prestigious scholarly lectures on southern history, literature, and culture. William L. Andrews, E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will give the lectures in 2014.

This year, the center will hold several lectures and events open to the public.
  • Sarah Gardner, Professor of History and Director of the Mercer University Southern Studies Center, will give a lecture titled "Reading in Wartime" in Tarver Library on Tuesday, October 21, and 7:00 pm.
  • Barbara McCaskill, Associate Professor of English at University of Georgia, on William and Ellen Craft, two slaves who escaped from Macon in 1849 and wrote Running 1,000 Miles for Freedom, in the Medical School Auditorium on Thursday, November 20, at 7:00 pm.
  • David A. Davis, Associate Professor of English at Mercer University, will screen Slavery by Another Name and give a lecture on John L. Spivak and the Georgia Chain Gangs, in the Medical School Auditorium on Thursday, January 22, at 6:00 pm. This event is co-sponsored by Tubman African American Museum.

The Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature recognizes significant career contribution to southern writing. The winner for 2014 is Elizabeth Spencer, and the winner for 2015 will be announced in January.

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