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Caz College to present ‘An Ecology of Mind’

Documentary centers on anthropologist Gregory Bateson

The award-winning film “An Ecology of Mind,” a portrait of Gregory Bateson, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre. The film was produced and directed by Nora Bateson, daughter of the celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist and filmmaker

The award-winning film “An Ecology of Mind,” a portrait of Gregory Bateson, will be presented at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre. The film was produced and directed by Nora Bateson, daughter of the celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist and filmmaker

— Cazenovia College, in collaboration with SUNY Upstate Medical University, Cornell University and SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, will present a screening of the award-winning film “An Ecology of Mind,” a portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, systems theorist and filmmaker, at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, in the Catherine Cummings Theatre.

“An Ecology of Mind,” produced and directed by Bateson’s daughter, Nora Bateson, includes footage from Gregory Bateson’s own films shot in the 1930s in Bali with Margaret Mead and New Guinea, along with photographs, filmed lectures and interviews.

The film was the winner of the Audience Choice Best Documentary award at the 2011 Santa Cruz Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 2011 Spokane International Film Festival.

Following the screening, Nora Bateson will join a multidisciplinary panel discussion hosted by Cazenovia College, with Rebecca King, assistant professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University; David Keith, professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University; David Salomon, assistant professor of architecture at Cornell University; and J. Scott Turner, professor of biology at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry.

The event is open to the public, with tickets required as seating is limited; RSVP to Rebecca King at Kingrl@upstate.edu.

For more information about the film, visit anecologyofmind.com.

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