Professor Hamby Continues “The Last Lecture Series”

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – March 16, 2011 – The Last Lecture Series continues this month with a presentation about the globalization of labor by Coker College Professor of Sociology Russell Hamby on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 p.m. in the Charles W. Coker Auditorium in Davidson Hall.

The Last Lecture Series, a forum for retiring Coker College faculty, is intended to celebrate academic excellence and individual achievements of Coker faculty.

Sharing insights gained in a career of teaching and scholarly research that spans more than four decades, Hamby will speak about the movement of labor from indigenous villages to other locations, including crossing national borders, with a special emphasis on Mexico.

Hamby received a Bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology and a minor in psychology from Wichita State University in 1967 and a Ph.D. degree in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1972.

Following graduate school, Hamby joined the department of sociology and anthropology at Purdue University.  In 1977 he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in aging at the Maxwell Policy Center on Aging at the All University Gerontology Center at Syracuse University and subsequently joined the sociology department at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Hamby joined the faculty of Coker College in 1982, serving as director of institutional research from 1987 to 1996.  During his tenure at Coker, Hamby has also directed Coker’s Spanish-American Studies Center, served as chair of Faculty Senate and  received numerous research awards and grants.

Hamby has published widely on a variety of topics including gender roles and behaviors in small groups, leisure activity in retirement and labor issues in Latin American countries.

Hamby’s lecture is free and will be followed by an informal reception in the Drawing Room of Memorial Hall.

The remaining presentations in The Last Lecture Series this year include:

• Deborah I. Bloodworth, Associate Professor of Theater – April 1, 3:30 p.m. (cancelled)
Watson Theater in the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center; Reception in the Stein Gallery

Patricia G. Lincoln, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Professor of Biology – April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Watson Theater in the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center; Reception in the Stein Gallery


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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