Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-03-22

Author and attorney William G. Hyland, Jr., will speak on the topic “The Verdict on Thomas Jefferson: What is the Evidence?” at Samford University Thursday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in the moot courtroom of Robinson law building.

Hyland, author of In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: the Sally Hemings Sex Scandal (St. Martin’s Press 2009), is a 1983 graduate of Samford’s Cumberland School of Law. A trial lawyer and former prosecutor who now lives in Tampa Bay, Fla., he is a screenwriter and member of Mystery Writers of America.

The program, co-sponsored by Cumberland and Samford’s Howard College of Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

The event also will feature Arts and Sciences faculty members Dr. David Johnson and Dr. John Mayfield.

Johnson, a biology professor and specialist in genetics and molecular biology, will discuss “What DNA Can Tell Us.”

Mayfield, a history professor and specialist in Old South and Colonial history, will discuss historical evidence.

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.