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Message from the Dean


Welcome to Samford! If you're a student considering your college choices, let me give you a few reasons to consider majoring in one of the many subjects offered in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences:

An emphasis on lasting value

Students are sometimes attracted to "fad" courses and "practical degrees." Neither of these has much lasting value. A few years ago taking a course on "Working with Windows XP" or "How to Program your Palm Pilot" would have been trendy. Now, having such courses on your transcript would be an embarassment. At Samford our emphasis is on those ideas that have stood the test of time.


'The Hidden Gifts of Helping' Author to Speak Oct. 9

Samford University's Howard College of Arts and Sciences and the university's Center for Science and Religion will co-host noted author and public intellectual Stephen G. Post for the 2014 J. Roderick Davis Lecture Oct. 9. Post will bring to Samford his intriguing research on benevolent love and compassionate care at the interface of science, health, spirituality and philanthropy.HIdden Gifts of Helping

In addition to his free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Center, Post will meet with students and lead an afternoon workshop for pastors co-sponsored by The Center for Science and Religion and Beeson Divinity School.

Post is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care and Bioethics at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Among his many other prestigious appointments, he is a Fellow of the Philadelphia College of Physicians, a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and a founding member of the International Society for Science and Religion at Cambridge University. He founded The Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, which engages in the scientific study of self-giving and altruistic love.

Post is well known to many as the author of the popular books The Hidden Gifts of Helping and Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving. He also has written eight scholarly books, edited nine others and is the primary author of nearly 200 articles in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including Science, The American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of the American Medical Association and The Lancet. He served as editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, the most influential reference work in the field. 

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