Influential Past Teachers


Place of Birth
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

Foundation of Teaching
Cultural Anthropology, Feminism 

Example of Teaching
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

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Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead was arguably the most renowned anthropologist of all time, contributing to the development of the discipline, as well as, introducing its insights to thousands of people outside the academy. Her work continues to contribute to the understanding of people around the world today. A prolific writer, she  produced 44 books and more than 1,000 articles.  Her publishings were translated into many languages.

She was both a popularizer of the insights of anthropology into modern American and Western culture and a respected, if controversial, academic anthropologist. Her reports about the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures amply informed the 1960s sexual revolution. Mead was a champion of broadened sexual mores within a context of traditional western religious life.

Mead taught at the New School and Columbia University and a number of institutions, but her long term professional base was at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. She was much honored in her lifetime, serving as president of major scientific associations, including the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and she received 28 honorary doctorates.

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    What's Happening to the American Family - Dr. Margaret Mead

    Dr. Margaret Mead: Are today’s young parents equal to their job? This story originally appeared in the May 20, 1963, issue of U.S.News & World Report. Americans are marrying younger now, often starting families before they finish school. What is [...]

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    Dr. Margaret Mead on Faith Healing

    Anthropologist Margaret Mead talks about the role of faith healing and psychosomatic ailments.

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    Margaret Mead Documentary (1988) Part 3 of 6

    The documentary demonstrates the controversy behind Margaret Mead’s findings in Samoa. Derek Freeman writes a debunk book criticizing Mead’s work. Directed by Frank Heimans.

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    Margaret Mead and Samoa (1988) Part 1 of 6

    The documentary demonstrates the controversy behind Margaret Mead’s findings in Samoa. Directed by Frank Heimans.

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    Cultural Equity: Margaret Mead

    by Laura Streeter: One of the giants of twentieth-century anthropology, cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-78) was also a collaborator and great friend of Alan Lomax. She advised him on his Cantometrics project, and it was she who introduced him to [...]


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Quotes

  1. "Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship."
  2. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
  3. "Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
  4. "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."
  5. "One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night."
  6. "It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age."
  7. "I learned the value of hard work by working hard."
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