Mary Catherine Bateson, the Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English at George Mason University and visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will be the featured speaker at Mary Baldwin University’s sixth annual Smyth Leadership Lecture, Tuesday, September 24, at 5 p.m. on Page Terrace on the Mary Baldwin campus, Staunton. The event is free, open to the public, and interpreted for the hearing impaired.
Bateson has written and co-authored many books and articles and is president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York City. She is the daughter of anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.
The Smyth Leadership Lecture Series is made possible by the Smyth Foundation, established by former Mary Baldwin trustee H. Gordon Smyth and his wife Mary Beth Smyth, a graduate of the college. Smyth lectures have been given by Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman nominated by a major party for vice president; astronaut and physician Mae Jemison; advertising executive Louise Rossett McNamee; and journalist Cokie Roberts.
Mary Baldwin University, with a main campus in Staunton, Virginia, and five regional centers, excels in providing leadership training, character development, and career preparation with a strong academic foundation. A multi-faceted liberal arts college, Mary Baldwin offers three residential programs for women – the Traditional Program for Women, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, nonresidential bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and was the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to shelter a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.