THE MEAD MONUMENT PROJECT
Several years ago the IIS received a proposal for the creation of a monument to Mead. Originally proposed as a single figure, in the genre of the many lofty statues of famous men that ornament our cities, this proposal has evolved into a concept that will convey an entirely different message: a group of figures communicating key ideas about anthropology and about the legacy of human diversity. We currently envision two seated figures, one of them Mead as she dressed in the field, the second a woman of Peri village, accompanied by or holding a small child. We visualize the figures in human scale, at eye level, accessible to children who want to test their laps, with Mead listening to and learning from the second woman on a basis of respect, equality, and friendship.
The choice of artist and location will of course affect many details. Although a number of suggestions have been made, we do not now know where this monument will be located but believe it should be in a public place, visible to passers-by, especially children, of every race and class.
A special trust has been created from reserved IIS funds, sufficient to cover most of the costs of the monument and provide a substantial grant to an institution associated with the site for programs that fit the goals of promoting intercultural, interracial, and international understanding. If you would like to be kept posted on developments, which will take several years, please contact Mary Catherine Bateson.
IIS NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE.
Current and some back editions of the IIS newsletter, "Notes from the Field" are now available in pdf format on line. The newsletter was published semi-annually from 1999 through 2002 during Mead Centennial activities, and continued as an annual publication until the final Fall 2009 edition.
"Double Bind Conference: Fifty Years Later" convenes at the Sorbonne in Paris to discuss the current status of the concept of the "double bind," first put forward fifty years ago by Gregory Bateson and his colleagues who were studying the etiology of schizophrenia. Sponsored jointly by the Institut Gregory Bateson in Liege, Belgium, and the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto.
Archives on Systemic Psychotherapy, collectively known as the Don D. Jackson Archive, now available to researchers, including work from two of the most influential early research projects in the behavioral sciences: Gregory Bateson's Research Team and the early investigators at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) - the Palo Alto Group, and the work of the Brief Therapy Center. More info at www.mri.org.
BATESON AND THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF THE SACRED: THE SCIENCE-RELIGION PATTERN
For more information, please contact Lene Fischer.
Celebrating Gregory Bateson's Centennial in 2004
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: THE SOCIAL USE OF ANTHROPOLOGY IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
South Pacific Ethnographic Archives:
A Revolutionary New Technology - from In the Field - Mead and Bateson in Bayung Gede
Online Access to the South Pacific Ethnographic Archives: RLG Cultural Materials
Interplay of Cultures: Whither the US in the World?:
Pilot Projects and New Directions:
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