“We are not what we know
but what we are willing to learn.”

Mary Catherine Batesonis a writer and cultural anthropologist who divides her time between New Hampshire and Massachusetts, where she is currently Visiting Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has written and co-authored numerous books and articles, lectures across the country and around the world, and is president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York City. For the last decade she has been Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English at George Mason University. b

In her most recent book, Full Circles, Overlapping Lives, Mary Catherine Bateson looks at how our very concepts of personal identity and shared fulfillment are changing. Bateson explores her theme by weaving together words of a group of remarkable women whom she taught at Spelman College. The lives of these women—young, old, black, white, married, single—offer a prism through which we all can glimpse facets of ourselves.

Full Circles, Overlapping Lives,is now available in paperback from Ballantine Books.

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