Events

The J. Roderick Davis Lecture Series

The annual J. Roderick Davis Lecture is Samford University's premier public arts and sciences event. Each year's topic connects with important issues, current events, and historical milestones that reflect Samford's commitment to a broad liberal arts education. The lecture series honors J. Roderick Davis, a 1958 Howard College alumnus and later the dean of Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences. When Davis retired from his office in 2001, his colleagues honored him by establishing a lecture series in his name that would bring to campus recognized scholars and public intellectuals.

Timothy Sumner Robinson Forum

Every other year the Timothy Sumner Robinson Forum brings a leading voice in American journalism to Samford's campus. The Robinson Forum is named for a 1965 graduate of Samford's journalism program who went on to a distinguished career working at Washington Post and the National Law Journal. He was also a pioneer in online journalism before untimely death in 2003. While at the Post, Robinson covered the Watergate trials and wrote more front-page stories than any other Post reporter.

Ray Frank Robbins Lecture

This lectureship was established in 2008 to honor the memory of Ray Frank Robbins, who began his academic career at Samford University prior to teaching at New Orleans Baptist Seminary. The Robbins Lectureship focuses on the intersection of scholarship and Christian living. The lecture is hosted by Samford's Religion Department.

Holley-Hull Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Department of Religion, the full title of this annual event is the Howard L. and Martha H. Holley Lectures: New Testament Voices for a Contemporary World in Honor of Dr. William E. Hull (at left). Dr. Hull was Samford research professor and retired provost who wrote widely on Christian themes. The lectures address a wide range of contemporary social topics.