Topic: Language and Culture
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
Mead’s views on language are discussed, including links between language and conflict.
Mead on Common Language
Speaker: Judith Kipper
Middle East Forum, Council on Foreign Relations; Co-Director, Middle East Studies Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies, consultant, ABC News
Kipper discusses Mead’s belief that lack of a common language is one reason for conflict
Language and Culture
Speaker: Georges B. Kutukdjian
Kutukdjian implores us to learn languages, not only for communication, but to experience other ways of understanding. He points out Mead’s and Boaz’s belief that language is a logical construct.