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Mary Catherine Bateson

Mary Catherine Bateson (born December 8, 1939) is a writer and cultural anthropologist who divides her time between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. A graduate of the Brearley School, Bateson is the daughter of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. Since 1960, she has been married to Barkev Kassarjian, a professor of business management at Babson College. She has written and co-authored many books and articles, lectures across the country and abroad, and is president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York City. Until recently she was the Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English at George Mason University, and is now Professor Emerita.

Since the Fall of 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, with an emphasis on conceptualization, testing and implementation of her Active Wisdom model for community dialogues as a signature program of the Initiative. Her new book is “Composing a Further Life”.

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