Southern Studies

Southern Studies NameplateThe Spencer B. King, Jr. Center for Southern Studies fosters critical discussions about the many meanings of the South. As the only center for southern studies in the United States dedicated to the education and enrichment of undergraduate students, the center’s primary purpose is to examine the region's complex history and culture through courses, conversations, and events that are open, honest, and accessible.

Spring 2019 Events

  • Dr. Keisha Blain will give the Byington Lecture, "Building Movement: Black Nationalist Women Organizing in the (Global) South," on Thursday, January 24, at 6:00 PM in the Presidents Dining Room
  • Dr. Joseph Crespino will discuss his book, Atticus Finch: A Biography, on Tuesday, March 12, at 6:00 PM in the Presidents Dining Room
  • Dr. David Silkenat will discuss his book, Raising the White Flag: How Surrender Defined the American Civil War,  on Monday, April 8, at 6:00 PM. The location will be announced later.
  • The Sidney Lanier Prize will be presented to Fred Chappell on Saturday, April 27, at 1:00 PM, in the Presidents Dining Room

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the Spencer B. King, Jr., Center for NEH logoSouthern Studies a $500,000 challenge grant to support establishment of an endowment for programming and outreach activities. NEH challenge grants are capacity-building grants, intended to help institutions and organizations secure long-term support for their humanities programs and resources. The $500,000 grant will be matched by $1.5 million that will be raised by the University as part of its recently launched Aspire capital campaign, ultimately establishing a $2 million endowment for the center. To support the fundraising effort, contact Todd Smith in University Advancement.

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