The Spencer B. King, Jr. Center for Southern Studies hosts two signature lecture series each year. Together, they examine both the past and present of the American South.

  • Byington Lecture — This series promotes an examination of the contemporary American South.
  • Lamar Lecture — This series, recognized as the most important lecture series on Southern history and literature in the United States, promotes the permanent preservation of Southern culture.
Peter Guralnick presents the 2018 Byington Lecture.
Author Peter Guralnick gives the 2018 Byington Lecture on the topic "The Secret Language of Rhythm and Blues: The Music and the Movement."