Published on March 17, 2015 by Hannah Henderson  
Laura Bush portrait

Tickets are still available for Samford University’s 2015 Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series featuring former First Lady Laura Bush. The series is part of Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education.

A former teacher and librarian, Mrs. Bush will focus on literacy and the importance of teaching during the 7 p.m. talk March 26 in Samford’s Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center.

Tickets for the event are $35 general admission. Tickets are on sale now at or through the Samford box office (205) 726-2853.

The distinguished author series was established in 2011 to honor the late Thomas Corts, who served as Samford's president for 23 years, and his wife, Marla, a former high school English teacher. Proceeds from the series benefit school of education scholarships.

This year’s Corts Distinguished Author Series presentation is part of the education school’s centennial celebration.

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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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.