Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2010-03-16

Women in church history specialist Carolyn Blevins will present this year’s Marie NeSmith Fowler lecture at Samford University Tuesday, March 23, at 10 a.m. in Reid Chapel. The public is invited free of charge.

Blevins, retired religion professor at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., will speak on the topic, “Christianity’s Double Message.”

Also a specialist in Baptist history, Blevins is the author of numerous articles and publications on topics related to women in religion and Christian history. A graduate of Carson-Newman, she holds a master’s degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky.

The lecture series, sponsored by Samford’s Christian Women’s Leadership Center, honors the late Mrs. Fowler. A Samford graduate and longtime Hartselle, Ala., resident, she was one of the first female pharmacists and pharmacy owners in Alabama.

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.