Published on February 8, 2016 by Katie Stewart  
Parker J Palmer portrait

Samford University’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education will present Parker J. Palmer, popular author of Courage to Teach, on April 12. The 7 p.m. lecture takes place in Samford’s Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center as the sixth annual Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series

Palmer will discuss his newest book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. His lecture will examine the political rhetoric that has emerged in the United States and how society can respond with active civic involvement to better hold leaders accountable. 

Palmer explores this and more through realism and hope rooted in his own experience and in American history. He pays special attention to the role education and religion can play in healing the wounds of the body politic. 

Tickets are $20 for general admission. VIP tickets are available for $50, which includes reserved seating and a 6 p.m. reception. You may also order tickets at 205-726-2853. Books will be available at the event for a book signing.

The Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series was launched in 2011 to highlight reading and literacy, and to provide endowment support for Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education. The series honors the late Thomas Corts, who served as Samford’s 17th president for 23 years, and his wife, Marla, a former high school English teacher and nurse.  

Katie Stewart is marketing and communication coordinator for Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education.

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.