Landiss Lecture Series: Robert Hicks

Landiss Lecture Series: Robert Hicks is in the past.

Lipscomb University's annual free Landiss Lecture Series presents Lipscomb alumnus and New York Times best-selling author Robert Hicks on Tuesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Doris Swang Chapel, located in the Ezell Center.

Recognized as a “master storyteller” by the San Francisco Chronicle, and  “Nashville’s Master of Ceremonies” by Nashville Lifestyles magazine, Hicks is the award-winning author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country, as well as a speaker, leader, world-traveler and preservationist.

During the free community event, Hicks will discuss his most recent book The Orphan Mother, an unforgettable story of one woman’s heroic struggle in the face of overwhelming adversity and the undeniable strength of a mother’s love.

The Orphan Mother begins the years following the Civil War, when Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock – the “Widow of the South” – has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah – no stranger to loss – finds her world breaking apart. In her journey to uncover the truth, she must also confront the truths of her own past.

A reception and book signing will immediately follow the lecture.

The Landiss Lecture Series, presented by Lipscomb’s Department of English and Modern Languages, has brought programs from outstanding writers to the Lipscomb campus for nearly three decades. It was established in 1984 by Morris Landiss to create opportunities to stimulate intellectual growth for Lipscomb students, faculty, staff and administration as well as for the community surrounding Lipscomb.

For more information about the event, contact Kim Reed at 615.966.5810 or at For more information about Hicks and The Orphan Mother, visit: