The Samford University Event Calendar offers a central listing of significant university events that are open to the Samford community or the public. SPACES provides a comprehensive event list for employees, and OrgSync provides a comprehensive event list for students. The registrar’s office maintains the official academic calendar. Academic units, advancement, athletics and Samford Arts maintain audience specific calendars.

Global Voices: Beeson in Tanzania
February 20, 12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Divinity Hall S121

Dr. David Parks, director of Beeson Divinity School's Global Center, and Amos Williams, a graduate of Beeson (M.Div., 2019) will share about their Cross-Cultural Ministry Practicum trip to Tanzania in the summer of 2019.

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Cumberland School of Law Spring Open House
February 21, 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Memory Leak Robinson Hall

Join our Office of Law Admission for our spring open house!

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Birmingham Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty
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Wright Center

Birmingham Ballet's Sleeping Beauty, with music by Tchaikovsky, is a stunning classic. This captivating fairy tale is filled with exquisite costumes and vivid storytelling. You'll be swept away to a world brimming with your favorite magical characters. It's a place where love conquers all and true love's kiss breaks the spell to awaken the beautiful princess Aurora to happily ever after.

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Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series presents the Annual Dance Concert
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Harrison Theatre

Join the Samford Dance Company for their annual dance concert, Passages.

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Community Worship
February 25, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Charlie Dates will preach a sermon for Beeson Divinity School's chapel service on 1 Peter 1:25.

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Samford String Quartet
February 25, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Samford's String Quartet will present its annual concert. The String Quartet features Jeffrey and Angela Flaniken and Samuel and Caroline Nordlund. It is endowed by the Wilton H. Bunch family and tours nationally and internationally.

A Cappella Choir Choral Vespers
February 28, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Samford's A Cappella Choir will lead the monthly Choral Vespers service.

Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Nat King Cole Songbook
February 29, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Join the ASO as Denzal Sinclaire brings the music of Nat King Cole to life with his superlative voice and engaging rapport. This gorgeous tribute to Alabama native Nat King Cole includes ten of the most unforgettable hits made famous by one of America's greatest jazz vocalists. Part of the Red Diamond® SuperPOPS!

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Community Worship
March 3, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Frank Thielman will preach a sermon on Hebrews 4:12-13 for Beeson Divinity School's chapel service.

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Global Voices: Birmingham Internationals Ministry Network
March 5, 12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Divinity Hall S121

The Birmingham Internationals Ministry Network meets again this spring at Beeson Divinity School to help leaders working with internationals—and those interested in gospel work among internationals—an opportunity for fellowship and networking with others working in internationals ministry in Birmingham over a complimentary meal.

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Susan Caplow Biology Lecture
March 5, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Christenberry Planetarium (Propst Hall 140)

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences hosts Montevallo University environmental studies professor Susan Caplow as part of its 2020 lecture series.

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Gaither Vocal Band
March 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wright Center

A full evening of entertainment and meaningful music is a rare treat anytime, but when the occasion includes the best-loved voices in gospel music… it’s a must-see celebration! If you attend just one musical event this year, an evening hosted by Bill Gaither and featuring the Gaither Vocal Band is one you can’t miss. It will leave you encouraged, grateful and most certainly smiling!

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Conger Preaching Lectures: Community Worship: Preaching God in the Wild
March 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Jared Alcántara will begin this year's Conger Preaching Lectures with a sermon, "Preaching God in the Wild," in Hodges Chapel during Beeson Divinity School's community worship.

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Conger Preaching Lectures: The God Who Sees and Calls Us in the Wild
March 18, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Dr. Jared Alcántara will give the first Conger Preaching Lecture, The God Who Sees and Calls Us in the Wild, in Hodges Chapel at Beeson Divinity School.

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Conger Preaching Lectures: The God Who Saves and Sends Us in the Wild
March 19, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Dr. Jared Alcántara will give the second Conger Preaching Lecture, The God Who Saves and Sends Us in the Wild, in Hodges Chapel at Beeson Divinity School.

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Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series presents As You Like It
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Harrison Theatre

Banished from court, Rosalind and her companion, Celia, find refuge in the idyllic forest of Arden, where "all the world's a stage." There, while in disguise, they encounter exiled fools and philosophers, and discover the meaning of true love. Come see this adaptation of William Shakespeare's beloved story.

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Opera Birmingham presents Cinderella
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Wright Center

For the first time ever, Opera Birmingham brings to life Massenet’s enchanting French opera, Cinderella! With soaring love duets, and thrilling high notes, this magical operatic gem is one not to be missed. Join us for this classic fairy-tale love story, perfect for opera lovers of all ages and anyone who believes in true love and happily-ever-after! Features the Opera Birmingham Chorus and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

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Alabama Singing Men
March 23, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Alabama Singing Men perform a free concert at Samford! Join us for an evening of music with this group of ministers of music, pastors, staff members, and laymen from Alabama Baptist churches. The group has been on national and international tours since 1972. Former directors include Dr. Paul Hall and Dr. Tim Banks, both long time music faculty at Samford. The current director is Dr. Thomas Smith, a Samford graduate, and former head of the Division of Music at Auburn University. The pianist is Frank Jones, also a Samford graduate.

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Community Worship
March 24, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Douglas D. Webster will preach a sermon on James 1:19-27 for Beeson Divinity School's chapel service.

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Davis Architects Guest Artist Series presents Invoke
March 24, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Invoke continues to successfully dodge even the most valiant attempts at genre classification. The multi-instrumental quartet is fueled by their passion for storytelling and their music is infused with traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz and minimalism. Invoke weaves all of these styles together to form a unique contemporary repertoire, featuring original works composed by and for the group. Guest residency will include Monday Coffee House Composition Competition and Tuesday public recital. Concert is co-presented by Birmingham Chamber Music Society.

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CAMWS 2020
March 25, 8 a.m. – March 28, 4 p.m.

Join us in Birmingham!

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A Story of Triumph: A Historic Evening with Eva Schloss, Stepsister of Anne Frank
March 29, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Wright Center

Eva Schloss, the stepsister and childhood friend of Anne Frank, is a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, an author of three books, and the subject of James Stil's play, "And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank." Like her stepsister, Eva went into hiding in Holland until she, along with her family, were betrayed, captured and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. This event is sponsored by the Chabad of Alabama and the Birmingham Holocaust Education Center.

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Patti Callahan Henry: The 2020 Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series
March 31, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Through the vision of Tom and Marla Corts, and provided by their generosity of spirit, Orlean Beeson School of Education is proud to present Patti Callahan Henry as the 2020 Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author.

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Cookie Decorating with Stacy Kingren of Brown Box Cookies
April 2, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Samford University

Come learn how to decorate festive spring cookies at this fundraiser presented by the Legacy League Junior Board. Registration will open in March.

McWhorter School of Pharmacy's Professional P3 Pinning Ceremony
April 3, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Samford University, Reid Chapel

McWhorter School of Pharmacy's Professional P3 Pinning Ceremony honors third-year students as they make the transition from didactic courses to advanced pharmacy practice experiences. Reception to follow in the College of Health Sciences lobby.

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2020 Samford Gives Back
April 4, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wright Center, Community Service

Students will meet in The Wright Center at 8 a.m. for a brief orientation session and then disperse to serve with their chosen community partners until around 12 p.m. Participating students receive a free Samford Gives Back t-shirt and breakfast, and earn 4 convocation credits.

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World Christianity Week: Community Worship
April 7, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Jerry Kulah will begin this year's World Christianity Week by preaching in Beeson Divinity School's Hodges Chapel during community worship.

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Jerry Kulah: The Western Sexual Revolution and the African Church: Tolerance or Imperialism? (World Christianity Focus Week)
April 7, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

In this special evening lecture for World Christianity Focus Week, Jerry Kulah will speak about how the Sexual Revolution in the West is affecting the global church and how the African church is responding.

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Cordell Hull Speakers Forum Featuring ABA President Judy Perry Martinez
April 8, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Memory Leake Robinson Hall

The 2020 Cordell Hull Speakers Forum will host Judy Perry Martinez, president of the American Bar Association, as the keynote speaker.

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Global Voices: Rev. Dr. Jerry Kulah (World Christianity Focus Week)
April 8, 12:05 p.m. – 1:05 p.m.
Divinity Hall N101

This year’s special guest speaker for Beeson Divinity School's World Christianity Week, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Kulah, serves as the District Superintendent of the Liberia Area United Methodist Conference (UMC).

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The Impacts of Climate Change-from Antarctica to Alabama
April 9, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cooney Hall, Regions Room (Brock School of Business)

University of Alabama at Birmingham professor James McClintock presents the 2020 Howell McLaughlin Distinguished Research Lecture

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Community Worship
April 14, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

Mark DeVine will preach a sermon on Isaiah 55:1-11 for Beeson Divinity School's chapel service.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
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Wright Center

Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling's classic saga, the thrilling tale is accompanied by the music of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen.

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Community Worship: Student Awards Day
April 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hodges Chapel

The student winner of the James Earl Massey Preaching Award will preach a sermon for Beeson Divinity School's chapel service.

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Sozo Children's Choir Tour 2020
April 21, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Wright Center

Sozo Children’s Choir is a group of children who travel from Sozo Children Uganda to America as the Sozo Children’s Choir, touring the States while leading worship at churches, schools, and events. Experience cultural Ugandan singing and dancing with African instruments, powerful corporate worship, and brief testimonies.

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David Johnson Biology Lecture
April 22, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Christenberry Planetarium (Propst Hall 140)

Samford professor David Johnson concludes the spring biology lecture series

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Dr. Chandler and Jane Paris Smith Opera Series presents Into the Woods
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Harrison Theatre

The Samford Opera and musical theatre will present Into the Woods, a magical journey through overlapping fairy tales. Written by American musical theatre icon Stephen Sondheim, this production will highlight the talented students in our program.

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Scholarship Celebration featuring Liz Callaway
April 30, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Covenant Presbyterian Church

Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist Liz Callaway will delight and entertain guests at the Legacy League’s 2020 Scholarship Celebration. With a long career on and off Broadway, Liz sang the Academy Award nominated song “Journey to the Past” in Anastasia and is the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin and the King of Thieves and The Return of Jafar. Reservations will open in mid-March.

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Commencement for Health Professions and Nursing Graduate Programs
May 1, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Samford University, Wright Center

Samford University will honor the graduates of the master’s and doctoral programs in Samford University’s School of Health Professions and Ida Moffett School of Nursing.

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Commencement for Pharmacy and Public Health Graduate Programs
May 1, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Samford University, Wright Center

Samford University will honor the graduates of McWhorter School of Pharmacy's Doctor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in pharmacy studies as well as the master's programs in the School of Public Health.

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Commencement for Health Professions, Nursing and Public Health Undergraduate Programs
May 8, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Samford University, Wright Center

Samford University will honor the graduates of baccalaureate programs in Samford University’s School of Health Professions, Ida Moffett School of Nursing and School of Public Health.

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Commencement for Howard College of Arts and Sciences
May 9, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Wright Center

Samford University will honor the graduates of baccalaureate and master's programs in the university's Howard College of Arts and Sciences.

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Commencement for Orlean Beeson School of Education and School of the Arts
May 9, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Samford University, Wright Center

Join Orlean Beeson School of Education and the School of the Arts for a combined commencement ceremony celebrating our spring 2020 graduates.

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents the Music of John Williams
May 16, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs favorites from film composer John Williams - from Star Wars to Jurassic Park, to Indiana Jones, you won't want to miss a note of the movie magic! Join Maestro Confessore and the ASO in a celebration of Williams' greatest hits!

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Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Schubert's Trout Quintet
May 19, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Brock Recital Hall

Enjoy Schubert’s iconic Trout Quintet, as Concertmaster Daniel Szasz, and other talented musicians from the Orchestra are joined by pianist Joyce Yang.

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Anglican-Wesleyan Theology Conference
August 10, 8 a.m. – August 11, 12 p.m.
Beeson Divinity School

Join us for Beeson's first Anglican-Wesleyan Theology Conference (formerly the Anglican Theology Conference) as we consider worship in the Anglican and Wesleyan traditions.

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Family Weekend
September 25 – September 27
Samford University

During this annual event, Samford families come together to enjoy campus and build community with other Samford families.

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Courage to Care Gala
September 25, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Club, 1 Robert S Smith Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209

Join us as we honor distinguished alumni from Ida Moffett School of Nursing and Birmingham Baptist Hospital.

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Jere F. White Jr. 2020 Trial Advocacy Institute
November 13, 8:25 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel, Birmingham, AL 35203

The CLE program features a who's who of skilled litigators, fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers, who will provide tips on trial work, including voir dire, opening statements, cross-examination, and closing statements.

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