Published on September 24, 2018 by Sean Flynt  
Author Alan Jacobs
Author Alan Jacobs

Samford University’s Core Texts program and Howard College of Arts and Sciences will host author Alan Jacobs for a series of lectures Oct. 1-2.

In addition to speaking with students, Jacobs will present a free public lecture titled “Why Reading Great Books Won’t Make You a Great Person” Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Reid Chapel.

Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Baylor University, is the author of many books and articles on Christianity and the humanities, including How to Think: A Guide for the PerplexedThe Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of CrisisThe Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction, and The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis. He also is a regular contributor to First Things, National Affairs, and Harpers.

 
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.