Anthropologist’s Book a “Best” on Amazon

Sang-Hee Lee

Amazon has named “Close Encounters with Humankind: A Paleoanthropologist Investigates Our Evolving Species,” a book by Sang-Hee Lee, associate dean of social sciences and professor of anthropology, a “Best Books of the Month” choice for nonfiction.

The book explores what many deem as our species’ greatest evolutionary questions, combining anthropological insight with research surrounding humanity’s dawn and evolution. Lee’s surprising conclusions shed new light on human beginnings and connect readers to a faraway past.

Recognition for the book has also come from Nature Journal, an international journal of science, which featured the best-seller as one of its top picks in a recent article:

“Lee’s style is breezy,” it reads. “Yet, ultimately, Lee will inspire even experts with her efforts at elucidating a field often seen as arid and inscrutable. Close Encounters with Humankind emphasizes how much the past matters.”

Lee’s 2015 book “Human Origins” was named Science Book of the Year by SisaIN, an influential Korean media outlet, and has continued to be a best seller in South Korea, gaining Lee recognition as “Korea’s first paleoanthropologist.”

Read more about Lee’s newest best-selling book.

UCR Champion of Diversity to Research Vital First Amendment Issues in Washington

Carlos Cortes

Carlos Cortés

The University of California’s National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement announced its inaugural class of 10 fellows last week, which will include Carlos Cortés, professor emeritus of history.

Cortés will explore the history of diversity initiatives on college campuses and how those initiatives have affected students’ and administrators’ evolving views on free speech issues.

The fellows, who include scholars, students, and analysts from across the country, were selected from 75 applicants nationwide, and will be charged with helping educational institutions and communities better understand, guarantee, and facilitate free speech.

The center is housed at UCDC, the University of California’s Washington, D.C., location.

Cortés is known internationally as a scholar of race and ethnicity, and has been writing and teaching on the topic for decades. He joined UCR in 1968 as a professor of Latin American history and retired from active teaching in 1994. Cortés remains an active scholar, writing and editing books. He also lectures throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on the implications of diversity for education, government, private business, and the mass media.

The city of Riverside honored Cortés in 2016 for his lifetime commitment to inclusivity and diversity by creating the Dr. Carlos E. Cortés Award for Championing Diversity, which recognizes community members committed to similar efforts.


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