As some of you know, I'm giving the Lamar Lectures in Southern History at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, next month. The lectures will later be published by the University of Georgia Press. Many thanks to my friend Sarah Gardner for inviting me to be part of this series.
(Note to self, if you're actually going to give these lectures you better sit your butt down and write like a maniac!!)
At some point in the near future I hope to post some kind of better publicity material, but in the meantime, here are the lecture titles and the schedule. Hope some of ya'll in the great state of Georgia might be able to mozy down for one of the lectures. The lectures will have fun movie clips, music, and art interspersed, so it won't all be boring monologue from me.
Series Title: Moses, Jesus, and the Trickster in the Evangelical South
Lecture I: Jesus of the South - Monday, November 3, 10:00 AM
Lecure II: Moses, Jesus, Absalom, and the Trickster: Southern Evangelical Culture in History and Literature - Monday, November 3, 7:30 PM
Lecture III: Religion, Race, and Southern Ideas of Freedom - Tuesday, November 4, 7:30 PM
Here's a list of the last several Lamar Lectures, which should give you some idea of why I'm excited to be part of this tradition.
2000: Adam Fairclough (University of East Anglia) – Teaching Equality: Black Schools in the Age of Jim Crow
2001: Edward Ayers (UVA), Thadious M. Davis (Vanderbilt), Linda Wagner-Martin (UNC), Joel Williamson (UNC) – South To the Future: An American Region in the Twenty-first Century
2002: Theda Purdue (UNC) – “Mixed Blood” Indians: Racial Construction in the Early South
2003: Peter H. Wood (Duke) – Weathering the Storm: Inside Winslow Homer’s Gulf Stream
2004: Michael O’Brien (Cambridge) – Henry Adams and the Southern Question
2005: James C. Cobb (UGA) – Before and After Brown: Jim Crow, the Brown Decision, and the Changing Face of Southern Identity
2006: Barbara J. Fields (Columbia) – Teach About the South (unpublished)
2007: Richard Gray (Essex) – A Web of Words: The Great Dialogue of Southern Literature