From The Margaret Mead Symposium: Whither the United States in the World?
Commemorating the centennial of the birth of Margaret Mead.
December 2 & 3, 2001
Sponsors: Library of Congress and The Smithsonian Institution
Iranian Women and Water
Speaker: William O. Beeman
Professor of Anthropology, Brown University
Beeman looks at research on Iranian culture to understand why generally women, and not men, gather water from wells.
Iran’s Diversity in Contrast to Arab Nations
Speaker: Ali A. Bulakbashi
Director, Social Anthropology, Cultural Research Bureau, Tehran
Bulakbashi discusses ethics and archetypes embedded in traditional Iranian culture, and argues those familiar with studies by foreigners on Iran may understand well the confused state of the character of Iranian culture. He goes on to point out that while some Americans cannot distinguish between Persians and Arabs, there are great differences.