Carlos Cortés First Recipient of Local Shakers Award

Carlos Cortés, professor emeritus of history, was honored March 6 as the first recipient of the World Affairs Council of Inland Southern California award for Local Shakers on the Global Scene. Cortés was recognized for his work on multiculturalism. That research has taken him to Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada to lecture on the implications of diversity for education, government, private business and the mass media, the World Affairs Council noted.

Cortés’ memoir, “Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time,” was published in 2012 and has been adapted into a one-person autobiographical play, “A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage.”

The historian serves on the faculties of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and the Federal Executive Institute. He received a 2009 NAACP Image Award for his work as the creative/cultural adviser for Nickelodeon’s Peabody Award-winning children’s television series “Dora the Explorer” and its sequel, “Go, Diego, Go!”

In addition to “Rose Hill,” Cortés’ is the author of “The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity and The Making — and Remaking — of a Multiculturalist” and the editor of three book series on Latinos in the United States. He is general editor of Multicultural America: A Multicultural Encyclopedia (Sage, forthcoming).

Anderson Named 2013 Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award

Gene Anderson, professor emeritus of anthropology, has won the 2013 Distinguished Ethnobiologist Award from the Society of Ethnobiology.  Anderson was recognized for his “outstanding contributions to the discipline of ethnobiology and his contributions to advancing the goals of our beloved organization,” the society said in announcing the award. Anderson will be recognized at the society’s annual conference in Denton, Texas, in May.

“This is a major recognition that showcases the vibrant research community that we have here at UCR Anthropology,” said Sang-Hee Lee, associate professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology.

Anderson received his Ph.D. in anthropology from UC Berkeley.  He has done research on ethnobiology, cultural ecology, political ecology, and medical anthropology, especially in Hong Kong, British Columbia, California, and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. His books include “The Food of China” (Yale University Press, 1988), “Ecologies of the Heart” (Oxford University Press, 1996), “Political Ecology of a Yucatec Maya Community” (University of Arizona Press, 2005), and “The Pursuit of Ecotopia” (Praeger, 2010).

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