Lamar lectures to explore how the South has developed in pop culture

Scott Romine
Scott Romine

Dr. Scott Romine, professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, will deliver three lectures on the theme “The Zombie Memes of Dixie” for Mercer University’s 63rd annual Lamar Lecture Series, the most prominent lecture series on Southern history and culture in the U.S.

The lectures, presented by Mercer’s Spencer B. King Jr. Center for Southern Studies, will be held Oct. 12-13 with limited seating and social distancing guidelines. They will also be made available through a public livestream at

Dr. Romine’s lectures explore how “the South” has developed in popular culture. The meme concept allows creators and viewers to assert certain qualities to the region without identifying the historic realities attached to those assertions. The lectures examine the competing notions of the region that attempt to capture the essence of a South.

His opening lecture, “The South Under Construction,’” will take place Oct. 12 at 10 a.m., followed by “Reconstructing the South” Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. The series will conclude with “The South is a Bad Idea” Oct. 13 at 6 p.m.

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