Exactly thirty years ago today, November 15, 1978, cultural anthropologist, women’s lib advocate, and Barnard grad, Margaret Mead died. In 1923, a mere 85 years ago, Mead graduated from Barnard with a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and went on to receive a Ph.D from Columbia where she later served as adjunct Professor. Today more than ever anthro majors at both CC and Barnard have reason to celebrate the contributions Mead gave to her field. For those who are illiterate in anthro and its vagrancies, Mead’s a pretty big deal. Breaking both scholastic and gender barriers, Mead explored attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures and went on to inform and advocate the 1960s sexual revolution. What a lady!
If you feel in a particularly commemorative mood head to the Museum of Natural History tomorrow for the final day of the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival!