Friday, October 10, 2008

Lecture at Carnegie Mellon October 30: Mary Catherine Bateson

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Carnegie Mellon
Thursday, October 30, 2008
4:30pm – McConomy Auditorium, University Center
composing a life
“Journeys” are special University Lectures in which Carnegie Mellon faculty members share their reflections on their journeys – the everyday actions, decisions, challenges and joys that make a life.
Mary Catherine Bateson
Writer and cultural anthropologist
Robinson Professor Emerita, George Mason University
President, Institute for Intercultural Studies
“The Changing
Shapes of Lives”
Just as an extended childhood made possible the human pattern of learning and transmitted knowledge and tradition, extended longevity suggests profound changes for our species.
Some of these changes can be recognized in the study of individual
lives that are often longer and more diverse than in the past and that depend on continuing learning.
We will need to rethink education from the earliest years and to restructure the relations between generations. At the same time, we need to think differently about time, to prepare for surprises, and to fashion a new rhetoric of hope and responsability.

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