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Waldorf College to Host Fall Convocation on Oct. 25

Jason Eck, Communications Specialist

Waldorf College will welcome author and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson to speak during its annual Visions of Vocatio Fall Convocation at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 in the Atrium on the Waldorf College campus.

Bateson, the daughter of famed cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead, will address the topic of finding your callings in life and determining which is the most important at a given time. The event is free and Bateson, whose latest book is “Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom,” will conduct a book signing after the presentation.

The book is linked to Bateson’s  recent interest in the lives of senior citizens, and specifically the lives of the actively retired. She will discuss the book at a presentation for seniors citizens at 10 a.m. Oct. 25 at The Mills Theater in Lake Mills, Iowa.  Lake Mills Care Center and Waldorf are partnering in sponsoring Bateson’s appearance, after which she will also sign copies of her books.

On Tuesday, Oct. 26, Bateson will attend the class of Waldorf assistant professor of religion Steve Smith from 10:30 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch in the cafeteria with students, staff and faculty members.

Bateson also has written “Composing a Life,” “Our Own Metaphor” and “Peripheral Visions.” Furthermore, she wrote an essay, “Composing a Life Story,” that appears in “Leading Lives that Matter,” a book Waldorf distributes as a gift to freshmen for a required course. The book is also used in a senior-level classs, Religion and Career Values.

Bateson is one of the founders of, a movement for grandparents who believe their political voice is part of the legacy they will leave behind for their grandchildren.

Waldorf College, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1903, delivers engaging experiences through innovative classroom instruction. The college offers residential and online bachelor’s degree programs including business, communication, music, psychology, theater, education, fire science administration, criminal justice administration and more.

For more information about fall convocation, call Smith, at 641-585-8253 or e-mail him at