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 2018 Events

  • Peter Guralnick will give the Byington Lecture on the Contemporary South on Thursday, January 25, at 6:00 pm in Presidents Dining Room.
  • Dr. David A. Davis will give the talk "The Great War in Mississippi" on Tuesday, February 27, at 6:00 pm in Presidents Dining Room. 
  • The Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature will be presented to Natasha Trethewey on Saturday, April 21, at 1:00 pm in 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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