College professor to
give talk on mate selection
will share her mate selection research on Feb. 11
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GRANTHAM, Pa. (Feb. 3, 2004) Raeann Hamon, Messiah
College professor of family science and gerontology and chair of the department
of human development and family science, will present a free public lecture
entitled Its Better in the Bahamas: From Relationship
Initiation to Marriage. The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday,
Feb. 11, in room 131 of Boyer Hall on the colleges Grantham campus.
Hamons presentation will examine the contemporary mate selection
practices of residents of three Bahamian islands: Eleuthera, Spanish Wells
and Harbour Island. Based on more than 60 interviews, everything from
relationship initiations and desired marital qualities to unique aspects
of traditions like the jump-in-dance and actual wedding ceremonies
will be examined. Particular attention will be given to how island life
and cultural traditions shape mate selection practices.
Hamon is professor of family science and gerontology and chair of the
department of human development and family science at Messiah College.
She received her doctorate of family and child development and family
studies in 1998 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Hamon currently holds one of two Scholar Chair Awards. In addition to
her research and writing, she has spent more than 10 years conducting
research in and leading cross-cultural courses to the Bahamas. Hamon is
currently the president of the Association of Councils for the National
Council on Family Relations and is a member of the Caribbean Studies Association
and the Family Science Association.
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied
arts and sciences, enrolls more than 2,900 undergraduate students in 60
majors. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham,
Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated
with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.
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FEBRUARY 3, 2004