March 7 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
When Margaret Mead died in 1978 she was one of American anthropology’s most popular and public figures. This filmed portrait interweaves her personal history and intellectual contributions, based on interviews held shortly before her death, old family and field photographs, and conversations with a variety of her friends, family, and former students. Finally, this film traces her growing involvement in applied anthropology and problems of contemporary American life, particularly her concern about the atomic bomb, representing civilization’s self-destructive capacity in a changed world.
Margaret Mead: Taking Note is one of the made for television documentaries originally aired as part of the 17 part Odyssey series in 1981. In an attempt to cut the often esoteric ice of anthropology, PBS released in 1980 the first season of the Odyssey series, a newly-created series of anthropological documentaries, with a second season in 1981.
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