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.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.