Film Screening: The Anthropologist

ScreeningThe University Libraries, the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology present a screening of  THE ANTHROPOLOGIST, a documentary by Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger. This event will be held Wednesday, February 24, 3 to 5 pm, JC Cinema, Johnson Center, Fairfax Campus. Light refreshments will be provided! A Q&A session hosted by Dr. Susie Crate will follow.

“Climate change forces us to have to learn the family business,” says Mary Catherine Bateson, the daughter of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead.

And so begins the story of Katie Yegorov-Crate, a thirteen-year-old girl from Fairfax, Virginia. She is carted around the globe by her mother, noted environmental anthropologist Susie Crate. Susie studies the effects of climate change on centuries-old indigenous communities.

Margaret Mead also analyzed how communities confront change which results from war and modernity. Her daughter Mary Catherine Bateson, now 76 and a cultural anthropologist in her own right, provides extraordinary insight into what Susie and Katie discover.

Filmed over the course of five years, THE ANTHROPOLOGIST is a meditation on change, both individual and societal. Susie and Katie work with people in Siberia, the South Pacific, the Andes, and the nearby Chesapeake Bay, who struggle to reconfigure how and where they live.

In Siberia, where Susie met Katie’s father while doing research, Katie’s relatives can no longer farm on land they’ve occupied for generations. Katie’s roots are also threatened by the inhospitable soil.

“I don’t think we can change the world,” counsels Susie. “I think that we change, and that changes the world.” Katie’s plan as she sets out on her own will test her mother’s theory.

For more information, please contact Claudia Holland, chollan3 at gmu.edu.

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