Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Author Series
The 2014 author series speaker was Wes Moore.
Moore wrote "The Other Wes Moore", a story of one name and two fates. Two kids with the same name living in the same decaying city. One grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison for felony murder. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation.
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The Tom and Marla Corts Distinguished Authors 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 is named for Samford's 17th president and his wife. Marla Corts was instrumental in establishing the series following her husband's untimely death in 2009.
- 2011 - Greg Mortenson
- 2012 - Wendell Berry
- 2013 - Garrison Keillor
- 2014 - Wes Moore