Cultural Anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson
To Lecture at Carnegie Mellon Oct. 30
PITTSBURGH—Mary Catherine Bateson, a noted writer, cultural anthropologist and intercultural expert, will speak at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 at Carnegie Mellon University's McConomy Auditorium. Her talk, titled "Composing a Life: The Changing Shapes of Lives," is part of Carnegie Mellon's University Lecture Series and is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture.
A writer and co-author of many books and articles, Bateson is president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies, a nonprofit organization which works to strengthen public understanding of anthropological research and interdisciplinary cooperation. The institute focuses on "advancing knowledge of the various peoples and nations of the world, with special attention to those peoples and those aspects of life which are likely to affect intercultural and international relations."
Bateson is the Clarence J. Robinson Professor Emerita of Anthropology and English at George Mason University. Since 2006, she has been a visiting scholar at the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College and is a special consultant to the Lifelong Access Libraries Initiative of the Libraries for the Future.
During the past few years, she has also been actively involved with Granny Voters as a means to encourage trustee voting in future electoral seasons and to empower older adults to claim a voice for the future.
The daughter of anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, she writes a regular column, "Peripheral Vision" for Pink Magazine and serves as a consultant for Wondertime, a magazine on early childhood.