Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Mary LeCron Foster: Finding the Themes: Family, Anthropology, Language Origins, Peace

Interviewee(s):
Foster, Mary LeCron
Interviewer(s):
Riess, Suzanne
Title:
Mary LeCron Foster: Finding the Themes: Family, Anthropology, Language Origins, Peace
Abstract:
LeCron and Cowles family history in Iowa, friends, schools, Des Moines neighborhoods; life themes, rituals, illness; studying anthropology at Northwestern University, Melville Herskovits; marriage to George Foster and study in Vienna, 1938; fieldwork in Mexico: Sierra Popoluca, 1941, long-term work in Tzintzuntzan; mounting anthropology museum exhibitions; Ph. D. in linguistics, UC Berkeley; teaching linguistics at Cal State Hayward; organizing 1977 Wenner-Gren symposium, "Fundamentals of Symbolism"; children Melissa and Jeremy, and family life in Mexico, Washington, and Berkeley, vacations, social groups; integrating anthropology and peace, PACT, International Peace Academy, Ploughshares; Language Origins Society and current work on global language reconstruction. Appendices include "Cognitive Requisites for Language" and "Countering Offense: Institutionalized Alternatives to Military Action" by Foster; and an interview by Jan Thomas with Foster on the methodology and findings of language origins research.
Subject area(s):
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
2000
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
b10453448
Rights:
Foster, Mary LeCron. "Mary LeCron Foster: Finding the Themes: Family, Anthropology, Language Origins, Peace." Interview by Suzanne Riess in 2000. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2001.