Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series
Samford University's Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229
The names Tom and Marla Corts have been synonymous with Samford University for three decades. The Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series is named for Samford’s 17th president and his wife. The series was launched in 2011 to recognize their invaluable leadership to Samford University, the community and the cause of literacy. The event also provides endowment support for Samford’s Orlean Beeson School of Education.
Eric Motley, a beloved Samford University alumnus, will be the featured speaker at the eighth annual event March 1. Motley will speak at 7 p.m. in Leslie S. Wright Fine Arts Center. The lecture’s focus will be on Motley’s personal memoir Madison Park: A Place of Hope, released November 2017.
In Madison Park: A Place of Hope, Motley discusses his upbringing in the Madison Park community of Montgomery, Alabama, and the amazing power of gratitude, generosity, grace, and faith in God and each other. Since its release, Madison Park: A Place of Hope has received raving reviews from personalities such as Laura Bush, Walter Isaacson and Reid Hoffman. The memoir has also been listed on Oprah Winfrey’s “10 Titles to Pick up Now” in O The Oprah Magazine.