Outside the Classroom
About the Spencer B. King, Jr. Center for Southern Studies
The mission of the Spencer B. King, Jr. Center for Southern Studies is to promote critical interdisciplinary examination of the Southern region of the United States. We follow the propositions that the South means different things to different people and that the region is constantly changing. We cultivate open, engaging dialogue that represents multiple perspectives and experiences and we strive to make this dialogue accessible to scholars, students, and members of the community. As a Center situated in a liberal arts college, our primary focus is teaching, and the Southern Studies major is the core of the Center’s work. The Center is named in honor of Dr. Spencer B. King, Jr., late Professor of Southern History at Mercer University.
The Center hosts several lecture series and programs that bring important scholars and writers to Mercer to share their work with students and the Macon community. The Center awards the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature, which is presented to writers who have made significant contributions to writing about the South over the course of their careers. The Center also publishes the Journal of Southern Religion.