Professor George Lellis Continues Last Lecture Series

For more information, contact Barb Steadman - 843.857.4199

HARTSVILLE – March 13, 2013 – As part of the Coker College Last Lecture Series, George P. Lellis, professor of communication and coordinator of the communication major, will present a lecture titled “Home and the Labyrinth: Two Metaphors for Media” Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in Davidson Hall Auditorium.

Established in 2011 by Coker College President Robert Wyatt, the Last Lecture Series was created to celebrate academic excellence and the individual achievements of retiring Coker faculty.

Lellis joined the Coker College faculty in 1978 and will retire at the end of this academic year. When he came to Coker he was the only communication professor, and he developed the curriculum for the major.  He has served as the chair of the Department of Communication, Dance, and Theater, and the Department of Communication, Language and Literature.  During much of the 1990s, he was assistant dean for evening and summer school and was the first director of the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center.

Lellis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Queens College of the City University of New York in mass communication. He earned his Master of Arts and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He also studied in Paris at the Centre universitaire américain du cinéma et de la critique a Paris.

Lellis has written four books:  “Bertolt Brecht, Cahiers du Cinéma, and Contemporary Film Theory;” two with George Wead, “Film:  Form and Function” and “The Film Career of Buster Keaton;” and one with Hans-Bernhard Moeller, “Volker Schlöndorff’s Cinema:  Adaptation, Politics, and the ‘Movie-Appropriate,’” which was revised and updated in a German translation published last year.

Lellis has contributed articles to “Film Quarterly,” “Sight and Sound,” “Take One,” “The Journal of Film and Video,” “Art Inquiry,”  “Kqwartalnik Filmnowy” and “Off-Screen.”

His most recent article, co-written with Moeller and appearing in the current issue of “CineAction,” is titled “Occupiers, Collaborators and Resisters:  Volker Schlöndorff’s ‘Calm at Sea.’”  Another article, also written with Hans-Bernhard Moeller, is due to appear shortly in “Off-Screen” and is entitled "Cinematic Representations of Anna Walentynowicz:  Documentary, Fiction, Feminism, and the Polish Solidarity Movement."

Lellis has two daughters, Martine Weinhold, who lives in Vienna, Va., and Julie Lellis, who is an assistant professor of communication at Elon College in North Carolina.

The Last Lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception in the Drawing Room.

This event is scheduled in conjunction with the College’s Celebration of Academics, March 25-27.  For more information about the Celebration of Academics at Coker College visit,



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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