Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2000-11-16

Two Samford University professors have received a $56,000 grant from the Lilly Fellows Program National Network Board for a summer seminar for college teachers.

Professors Dr. H. Hugh Floyd and Dr. Penny Marler will lead the seminar, "Spirituality and Social Justice: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement: during the summer of 2001.

The one-month seminar, scheduled for June 4-29, will involve 12 college professors from throughout the nation in an interdisciplinary study of issues related to spirituality and social justice.

In addition to on-campus reading, discussion and research, participants will engage in activities in order to experience the people and places of the civil rights movement. They will trace the historic Selma to Montgomery "Freedom Trail," visit key church sites such as Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, and Bethel and Sixteenth Street Baptist churches in Birmingham; and explore the archives and libraries at the Civil Rights Institute and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Lilly Fellows Program seeks to renew and enhance connections between Christianity and the academic vocation at church-related colleges and universities.

Dr. Floyd is professor and chair of Samford's Department of Sociology. Dr. Marler, associate professor in the Department of Religion and Philosophy, also teaches in the sociology department.


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.