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Cultural anthropologist to speak at USF

TAMPA, Fla. -- Life is a relationship of mixed feelings. As we learn and grow, we also age and, in the opinions of some, decay.

According to cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson, aging is simply the next phase of life -- “Adulthood II,” if you will -- and those who can artfully learn and adapt can enjoy their entire lives to the fullest, employing “active wisdom.”

As part of a lecture series, Bateson will be coming to USF on April 10, 2012. She will be lecturing on intergenerational communication, aging and her recent work on raising consciousness of the changing life cycle. Her lecture begins at 7 p.m. at C.W. Bill Young Hall (CWY), room 206, with a reception and book signing to follow. Admission is free and open to the public.

Bateson is currently a visiting scholar for the Center on Aging and Work at Boston College, also a professor emerita of anthropology and English at George Mason University. Her teaching and administrative experiences are vast, spanning such institutions as Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Amherst College, University of Northern Iran and many more. She has written or co-authored many books and scholarly articles, including “Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom” (2010).


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Author: William Green