The Lamar Lecture series, made possible by the bequest of the late Eugenia Dorothy Blount Lamar, began in 1957. The series promotes the permanent preservation of Southern culture, history and literature. Given each fall, it is recognized as the most important lecture series on Southern history and literature in the United States. Speakers have included nationally and internationally known scholars, such as Cleanth Brooks, James C. Cobb and Eugene Genovese. All lectures are original and are then published as books by The University of Georgia Press.
Southern Literature), American Poetry of the Twentieth Century, The Life of William Faulkner: A Critical Biography, Southern Aberrations: Writers of the American South and the Problems of Regionalism and A History of American Literature. His recent public lectures include the inaugural Eccles Centre for American Studies lecture at the British Museum Library and the Sarah Tryphena Phillips lecture at the British Academy.
Lamar Lecture Series