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Composing Community in a Diverse, Changing World’

Mary Catherine Bateson, Anthropologist And Author, To Speak At U.Va .On Oct. 4

September 25, 2001--

WHO:Mary Catherine Bateson, anthropologist and scholar. Daughter of the late Margaret Mead.

WHAT: To speak on "Composing Community in a Diverse, Changing World." A book signing will follow in Minor Hall.

WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 4 at 3:30 p.m. / Free and open to the public.

WHERE: Minor Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow in Clark Hall’s mural room.

Mary Catherine Bateson, noted anthropologist and best-selling author of "Composing a Life" and "Full Circles, Overlapping Lives," will speak on how to create a community in today’s diverse and quickly changing world.

Bateson, who grew up studying in the shadow of her parents — the world-renowned anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson — as they traveled the world, currently teaches anthropology and English at George Mason University. Bateson has written on a variety of linguistic and anthropological topics and is the author of a memoir of her parents’ life titled, "With a Daughter’s Eye." This year marks the 100th anniversary of Margaret Mead's birth.

Along with the University Library Multicultural Issues Committee, the talk is sponsored by the University Library Research Committee, the Arts and Sciences Council, the American Studies Department, the Women's Center, the Diversity Initiative of the Offices of University Development and University Relations, the University Bookstore, the U.Va. English Department, the U.Va. Department of Anthropology, the Cultural Programming Board, and the Jefferson Society.

The University Library Multicultural Issues Committee was formed in 1990 to "guide the library in its commitment to promote issues of diversity." The committee uses education, policy recommendations, and events such as the upcoming talk to increase awareness and to encourage a diverse working and learning environment. The Diversity Initiative of Development and University Relations, created this year, has a similar mission to foster a more diverse workplace.

Contact: Melissa Cox Norris, (434) 924-4254

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (804) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.
SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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