Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-10-04

British journalist and author Melanie Phillips will speak at Samford University Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 4 p.m. in the moot court room of Robinson Hall law building.

Phillips, known for her columns on political and social issues which appear in London’s Daily Mail newspaper, will speak as part of the Cordell Hull Speakers Forum sponsored by Samford’s Cumberland School of Law.

She is the author of The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth and Power (2010). Her 2006 book, Londonistan, became a best seller in the U.S. and Britain. In 1996, she received the Orwell Prize for Journalism, a major British award for political writing.

Her Wednesday lecture will focus on issues such as the rise of transnational jurisdiction and the use of human rights law as a weapon of secularization. The public is invited.


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 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.