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Creating a Sustainable World: Voices of Key Practitioners Presents a Daughter’s Portrait of the Late Gregory Bateson

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 19, 2012

(MAHWAH, NJ) – The Creating a Sustainable World: Voices of Key Practitioners series, sponsored by Ramapo College’s Masters of Arts in Sustainability Studies, presents Nora Bateson showing and discussing “An Ecology of Mind,” a documentary film about Gregory Bateson on Thursday, March 29 at 6 p.m. in Friends Hall (SC219) in the Robert A. Scott Student Center.

In directing the film about her late father, Nora Bateson creates a personal yet astute portrait of one of the most original thinkers of the twentieth century.  Bateson (1904-1980) was an English anthropologist, social scientist, and cyberneticist who also pursued interdisciplinary themes across biology, psychology, anthropology and philosophy of science.

“Although his work was essential to many fields, the Ramapo showing gives special recognition to Bateson’s core contributions to ecological thought even more vital today given the advanced sustainability crises we now must confront,” said Professor Michael Edelstein, organizer of the series. “The film reminds us of important concepts at a time when we most need intellectual clarity if we are to act effectively.”

The film succeeds on many levels, as noted by Hildred Geertz, professor emerita at Princeton University’s Department of Anthropology, offering a “tender and poetic portrayal…of one of the most provocative thinkers of the last century, “but also a vivid relationship between a daughter and father.”

Since the film’s debut in New York City last spring, Nora Bateson has taken it on several world tours to critical and intellectual acclaim.

For more information about the Creating a Sustainable World: Voices of Key Practitioners or “An Ecology of Mind” event, please contact Professor of Environmental Psychology and Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies Michael Edelstein via email at


About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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