Gregory Bateson  

APRIL 10-12, 2013

With Nora Bateson & Stephen Nachmanovitch

Organized by Stephen Nachmanovitch & Ira Bashkow

Two-part main event:

April 11 • 7-9 PM at the Vinegar Hill Theater: Nora Bateson’s award-winning film, An Ecology of Mind, with audience discussion. Sold out.

April 12 • 1-3 PM • Symposium on the continuing impact of Gregory Bateson’s ideas, with a multidisciplinary panel, and audience discussion, at the University of Virginia, Brooks Hall, followed by a reception from 3-4. Moderated by Ira Bashkow. Free & open to the public.

We hope that people will be able to come to both events if possible, and that the symposium on Friday will grow out of the experience of seeing the film on Thursday.

Additional special events:

April 10 • 12:30 - 1:30 PM - Special preview presentation at the UVa Medical Center Hour, Jordan Hall. Moderated by Daniel Becker. Free and open to the public.

April 11 • 9-11 AM - Screening for local high school students and members of the wider community, hosted by Tandem Friends School. 279 Tandem Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22903. Sold out.

The major problems in the world today are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.
– Gregory Bateson

The goal of these events is to reawaken interest in Bateson’s work and generate new conversations about his most productive ideas.

Program booklet

About Bateson

Trailer for Nora Bateson’s film, An Ecology of Mind


Feature in the C'ville Weekly, by Giles Morris

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Sponsored by a grant from the Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities and the UVa Departments of Anthropology & English

Photo credits: (1) Gregory Bateson  • (2) Barry Schwartz

Thanks also to Julie Starr and Rebekah Brooks

Ever wonder where these ideas came from?

Learning to learn

The pattern which connects

Family therapy

Double bind



Mind and nature: the necessary unity

The difference that makes a difference


Arms races as addiction

The message, this is play