Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist. She is president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York City. During the past few years, Mary Catherine Bateson has been particularly involved with three projects: finishing and bringing out her most recent book, Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery; wrapping up the 2004 Gregory Bateson Centennial; and building on the experience with Granny Voters as a means to empower older adults to claim a voice for the future. Millions were influenced by Bateson’s book Composing a Life. She has also written With a Daughter’s Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.