Bateson, Mary Catherine

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Writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson was born in New York City in 1939, the daughter of anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. A Radcliffe graduate (B.A., 1960), she went on to earn her Ph. D. from Harvard in 1963. Bateson was on the faculties of Harvard University, Brandeis University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others, before retiring in 2004 from George Mason University from her position as Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English. She was president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies for thirty years until 2009, when the organization was dissolved. Bateson has written and co-authored many books and articles including: With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson (1984); Composing a Life (1989); Peripheral Visions: Learning Along the Way (1994); Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery (2004); and Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom (2010).

From the description of Papers of Mary Catherine Bateson, 1954-2004 (inclusive), 1975-2001 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 712138006

Writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson was born in New York City in 1939, the daughter of anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. A Radcliffe graduate (B.A., 1960), she married J. Barkev Kassarjian in 1960 and earned her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1963. They have one daughter, Sevanne Margaret Kassarjian, born in 1969. Bateson was on the faculties of Harvard University, Brandeis University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others, before retiring in 2004 from George Mason University from her position as Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English. Bateson also served as Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Northern Iran and as Dean of the Faculty at Amherst College. She was president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies (IIS) for thirty years until 2009, when the organization was dissolved. Since 2006 she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College and a consultant for the Lifelong Access Libraries Initiative of the Libraries for the Future. She is on multiple advisory boards including the National Center on Atmospheric Research and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Bateson has written and co-authored many books and articles including: With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson (1984); Composing a Life (1989); Peripheral Visions: Learning Along the Way (1994); Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery (2004); and Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom (2010).

From the guide to the Papers of Mary Catherine Bateson, (inclusive), (bulk), 1954-2004, 1975-2001, (Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. Margaret Mead papers and South Pacific Ethnographic Archives, 1838-1996 (bulk 1911-1978). Library of Congress
creatorOf Bateson, Mary Catherine. Papers of Mary Catherine Bateson, 1954-2004 (inclusive), 1975-2001 (bulk). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
creatorOf Bateson, Gregory, 1904-1980. Gregory Bateson papers, 1925-1985. University of California, Santa Cruz, UCSC
referencedIn Margaret Mead Papers and the South Pacific Ethnographic Archives, 1838-1996, (bulk 1911-1978) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Warren S. McCulloch Papers, Circa 1935-1968 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson papers, 1925-1985 (inclusive) 1960-1980 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Papers of Mary Catherine Bateson, (inclusive), (bulk), 1954-2004, 1975-2001 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn Gregory Bateson papers, 1925-1985 University of California, Santa Cruz. . University Library Special Collections and Archives
referencedIn Records of, Sojourner, (inclusive), (bulk), 1920-2004, 1975-2002 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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associatedWith American Anthropological Association. corporateBody
associatedWith American Association for the Advancement of Science. corporateBody
associatedWith American Museum of Natural History. Dept. of Anthropology. corporateBody
associatedWith Bateson, Gregory, 1904-1980. person
associatedWith Dillon, Wilton. person
correspondedWith Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994 person
associatedWith Fox, Renée C. (Renée Claire), 1928- person
associatedWith Freeman, Derek. person
associatedWith Institute for Intercultural Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Lindisfarne Association. corporateBody
associatedWith McCulloch, Warren S. (Warren Sturgis), b. 1898 person
associatedWith Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. person
associatedWith Métraux, Rhoda, 1914-2003. person
associatedWith Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Radcliffe College corporateBody
associatedWith Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. corporateBody
associatedWith Sojourner (Cambridge, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Theobald, Robert. person
associatedWith Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. corporateBody
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Anthropology--Research grants
Women anthropologists
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