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Department of Sociology


The Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.

Mayhew Lecture Series

This lecture series began in 1988 to honor the memory of Dr. Bruce Mayhew, one of the department's most celebrated members, who died of cancer in March of 1988.

Past Lectures

You can browse our past lectures to get a better idea of the topics we cover. 

2017

"Reconceptualizing Health and Well-Being among Older Americans Empirically"

The 2017 Bruce H. Mayhew Jr. Memorial Lecture was delivered by Edward O. Laumann. In this talk, Laumann described two empirically grounded models of health and wellbeing among older Americans: the disease-centered Medical Model (MM) vs. a Comprehensive Model (CM) that incorporates psycho-cognitive, behavioral and social information. Laumann demonstrated that the CM model is a far better prognosticator of health and wellbeing (including the relative risk of death within five years) than the medical model and discuss its implications for reforming health care for older Americans.

2016

The 2016 Bruce Mayhew Lecture entitled: “Grow Old Along With Me: Gender, Same-Sex Marriage, and Health” was delivered by Dr. Debra Umberson Debra Umberson is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Umberson's research focuses on social factors that influence population health with a particular emphasis on aging and life course change, marital and family ties, and gender and racial variation in health disparities. Her current research, supported by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research Award and the National Institute on Aging, examines how marital relationships affect health-related behavior and health care, and how those processes vary across gay, lesbian, and heterosexual unions. The lecture was held on March 17th in the Gressette Room of Harper College at 4:00pm

2015

The 2015 Bruce Mayhew Lecture entitled "What Baseline (and Other) Models Can Tell Us About Race and Ethnic Relations in the USA Today” was be delivered by Dr. John Skvoretz

John Skvoretz, Professor of Sociology at the University of South Florida and Emeritus Carolina Distinguished Professor of Sociology from the University of South Carolina, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the 2012 James S. Coleman Distinguished Career Award from the Mathematical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, and past Chair of the Sociology Department at the University of South Carolina. Current research interests include the analysis of social and semantic networks and the development and evaluation of models for status emergence in small task groups.

The Lecture was held on March 4th in the Gressette room of Harper College at 3:30 pm.

2014

The 2014 Bruce Mayhew Lecture entitled "From Petty Crimes to Epic Records” was be delivered by Dr. Christopher Uggen

Chris Uggen (pronounced You-Gun) is Distinguished McKnight Professor of Sociology and Law at the University of Minnesota. He studies crime, law, and deviance, firm in the belief that good science can light the way to a more just and peaceful world. His writing appears in American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Criminology, and Law & Society Review and featured in media such as the New York Times, The Economist, and NPR. With Jeff Manza, he wrote Locked Out: Felon Disenfranchisement and American Democracy. His research, teaching, and advising interests include punishment and reentry, citizenship, substance use, discrimination, and health inequalities. His outreach and engagement projects include editing Contexts Magazine (from 2007-2011) and The Society Pages (with Doug Hartmann) and Public Criminologies (with Michelle Inderbitzin). Away from work, Chris is a father, jogger, and blogger.

The Lecture was held on March 20th in the Gressette room of Harper College at 2:30 pm.

2013

The 2013 Bruce Mayhew Lecture entitled 'Understanding the Autism Epidemic' was be delivered by Dr. Peter Bearman.  

Dr. Bearman is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theories and Empirics (INCITE), the Cole Professor of Social Science, and Co-Director of the Health & Society Scholars Program at Columbia University in the City of New York. A recipient of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award in 2007, Dr.  Bearman is currently investigating the social determinants of the autism epidemic.

The Lecture was held on April 10th in the Gressette room of Harper College at 2:30 pm, a small reception will follow the lecture.

2012

 The 2012 Bruce Mayhew Lecture was delivered by Richard Felson, Professor of Sociology and Crime, Law and Justice at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Felson’s primary interest is in the social psychology of violence, with a special focus on the role of situational factors in homicide, assault, robbery and rape. Recent research concerns race differences in violence, the control motive in marital violence, and the role of the police in deterring marital violence. Dr. Felson's lecture titled 'Sexual assault as a crime against teenagers' was held at Harper College in the Gressette room on November 8th at 2:30.

2011

 The 2011 Bruce Mayhew Lecture is delivered by Dr. James Moody, Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies at Duke University. Dr. Moody's specialties include sociological perspectives of social networks theory and quantitative methodology. His lecture, "Reconstructing the Ship of Theseus: Groups, Roles & Trajectories in Early Adolescent Friendship Networks," was held on Thursday, October 27 at 2:30pm in Harper's College.

2010
 

The 2010 Bruce Mayhew Lecturer is Dr. Francois Nielsen, Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research interests include social movements, stratification, income inequality and development, and the eco-biology of collective action. His talk, entitled "The Nature of Social Reproduction," was held on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. in the Gressette room of Harper College.