Published on April 30, 2012  

Samford University "Fellows" honor students Stevie Carnell (Physics) and Frances Isbell (English) have been chosen to attend the Witherspoon Institute's "First Principles: Natural Law and History" seminar in Princeton, N.J., July 29-August 11. 

The Witherspoon Institute is an independent research center that works to enhance public understanding of the moral foundations of free and democratic societies. The institute promotes the application of fundamental principles of republican government and ordered liberty to contemporary problems through a variety of research and educational ventures.

University of Cambridge professor Thomas D. D'Andrea will lead the two-week Witherspoon seminar, which will focus on the relevance of history for the apprehension and interpretation of natural law. The text-based program will examine various works, including Thomas Aquinas's De Regno, Eric Voegelin's Modernity without Restraint, Leo Strauss's Natural Right and History and Christopher Dawson's philosophy of history.

The University Fellows program is Samford's honors experience, offering innovative liberal arts courses, unique international study opportunities, undergraduate research support and the chance to develop close working relationships with top Samford faculty.
 
Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.