Family Album: Changing Games


Anthropologist Margaret MeadFamed anthropologist Margaret Mead was a game changer before game changers were cool. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” she famously said. The college’s Reynolds Lecture committee must have been one such small group in 1966, the year Mead became the first woman to deliver the lecture.

A Davidsonian quote from Mead’s campus visit further illustrated her global prescience, borne out today in ways she could only have imagined: “I decided to go into anthropology because it was a very pressing thing to do… to study variations in human behavior, because we had the [impending]sense of a standardized society.”

But who is she talking to here, and what did she say? If you know, contact Senior Writer John Syme at 704-894-2523 or


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John Syme '85

Senior Writer John Syme graduated from Davidson with a French degree in 1985. After gigs in newspaper, advertising, translation in France and cross-country travel writing in the United States, he returned to alma mater in 2001. He has no immediate plans to graduate again.

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