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How much is southern culture present on Emory's campus and in student life?

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There is some debate as to what the "Southern culture" consists of. Different regions of the southern United States (which includes Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas) exhibit different cultural variations. For more information about that, I recommend Wikipedia's article on the topic. (Wikipedia isn't always a good source of information. That article, in fact, is marked as needing "additional citations for verification". However, it is still an interesting read.)

All of that said, southern culture generally consists of the following:

  • An intense religious tradition (generally Protestant Christianity)
  • A distinct cuisine (i.e. pan-fried chicken, cornbread, sweet tea, biscuits, grits, and dumplings)
  • An array of musical traditions (i.e. blues, gospel, country, and bluegrass)

Visit this page for a list and a map of churches near Emory University (powered by Google Maps). Emory University also features a separate website for religious life at the school: for more information about religious life at Emory, visit www.religiouslife.emory.edu.

As far as I can tell, southern cuisine doesn't especially feature in the Emory University dining hall food menus, although they do feature grits and biscuits from time to time. There are a number of restaurants near Emory University, and many more in Atlanta, Georgia. (Click here for a list of restaurants near Emory University; click here for a list of restaurants in Atlanta, Georgia.) Looking at the list of restaurants near Emory, one catches my eye as being at least somewhat authentically southern: Community Q BBQ, at 1361 Clairmont Rd in Decatur. Their menu is available on their website.

A lot of music is performed at Emory University--for more information about school-sponsored events, visit arts.emory.edu--but I didn't see many events on their calendar that had to do with southern musical traditions. There was one notable exception: On February 7, Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra will be playing a concert at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Atlanta in general, however, is a different story. The musical scene in Atlanta, Georgia is famous nationwide. For a guide to music in that area I recommend visiting www.atlantamusicguide.com as well as the page on live music in Atlanta on ComeTourGeorgia.com.

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