2019 Margaret Mead Talk, with Lambros Comitas and Marlee Tavlin

Opening a tradition of honoring the contribution and passion of Margaret Mead to the field of Anthropology and Education

This event is open to all

Nov 12

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Russell Hall 305

Gottesman Libraries 3rd Floor

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This event aims to open a tradition of honoring the contribution and passion of Margaret Mead to the field of Anthropology and Education. In this first edition of the Margaret Mead Talk, we want to increase the visibility and honor the memory of this fantastic anthropologist and educator within our school, reinforcing her importance to the Anthropology Programs at TC. Graduate students of the programs, who are members of the Society for Anthropological Studies (SAS), seeks to provide to the TC community an opportunity of learning more about Dr. Mead’s anthropological work, importance, and legacy. The event will put together a panel compound by Dr. Lambros Comitas, professor of Anthropology and Education, who will talk about her immense contributions to American anthropology and the educational field. He will be joined by Marlee Tavlin, TC alumni and Co teacher at the American Museum of Natural History, who will tell us about Mead’s work and legacy in the museum. This activity will be open to all members of the TC community.


Lambros Comitas is Gardner Cowles Professor of Anthropology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. A product of Columbia University, he received the A.B. from Columbia College in 1948 after service in the United States Army, and was awarded the Ph.D. in anthropology in 1962 from the Columbia Faculty of Political Science. Influential figures in his early professional years were Conrad Arensberg, Marvin Harris, Charles Wagley and Margaret Mead from the Columbia faculty and M. G. Smith, the eminent British-trained anthropologist whom he first met during field work in Jamaica.


Marlee Tavlin is a Doctoral Student in Educational Evaluation and Research at Fordham University and Co Teacher at American Museum of Natural History. She has a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from New York University with a double major in Social Work and Classical Civilization-Anthropology. She has been a teaching assistant and co-teacher for The American Museum of Natural History’s Education Department. Her academic interests include urban education, social justice, and using museums as a tool to close the education gap facing NYC’s students.


This event is co-sponsred by the Program in Anthropology and Education.


Where:305 Russell


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