William Orman Beeman is an actor, author, singer, Middle East
researcher, and professor of anthropology at The University of
Minnesota, where he is Chair of the Department of Anthropology. For
many years he was
Professor of Anthropology; Theatre, Speech and
Dance; and East Asian Studies at Brown University. Beeman was the
recipient of an award named in honour of opera baritone, George
London. From 1996-1999 Beeman sang under contract with Oper Chemnitz
in the German city of Chemnitz. He authored the book: The Third Line:
Opera Performer as Interpreter with opera stage director Daniel
Born in Manhattan, Kansas. Beeman was trained as a linguistic
anthropologist at Wesleyan University and in 1976 he
received his Ph.D from University of Chicago.
He gained fame through his extensive writing, having authored several
books and more than 100 scholarly articles on communication dynamics
in the United States, Iran, Japan and South Asia. His Language, Status
and Power in Iran has become a classic,[according to whom?] as has his
Culture, Performance and Communication in Iran.
Beeman's recent work, The “Great Satan” vs. the “Mad Mullahs”:
How the United States and Iran Demonize Each Other, deals with the
highly negative rhetoric and discourse between Iran and the United
States over the three decades since the Iranian Revolution, and its
effects on national attitudes toward the Bush administration's policy
towards Iran, as well as the possibility of military conflict between
the two nations.
His latest publication is Iranian Performance TraditionsThis book
deals with the important indigenous performance traditions of Iran,
including many photographs.
An important aspect of Beeman's work has been in the field of
performance studies, particularly the study of non-Western theatrical
traditions. In Iran, this includes the Iranian ritual passion drama,
ta'ziyeh and the comic improvisatory theatre tradition, ru-howzi. He
has also studied traditional performance in Japan, China and South
Asia. His interest in the art world is also shown in his contribution
to the co-authored volume Object, Image and Inquiry: The Art Historian
at Work. He has authored more than 500 opinion pieces and media
essays, and is the author of the blog Culture and International
An admirer of the late anthropologist, Margaret Mead, Beeman has
edited seven volumes of her post-World War II papers, having written
scholarly introductions for several of them, including The Study of
Culture at a Distance, and Studying Contemporary Western Society:
Method and Theory.
Beeman spoke with
Andrew Zimmern on the Halloween episode of his show
Bizarre Foods with
Andrew Zimmern (season 3, episode 7, airing in
2008) about the fear of eating bugs and organ meat.
^ Elliott, Justin (2011-03-21) A history of Libya and blowback,
^ Guide to Departments of Anthropology. American Anthropological
Association. 1989. p. 18. ISBN 0913167363.
William O. Beeman's academic papers for download
William O. Beeman, Bass--Performing Arts Career Information
Beeman's weblog: Culture and International Affairs
New York Times interview with Beeman on the 2005 political elections
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