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Emeriti Faculty Member Honored

Emeriti Faculty Member Honored

(November 8, 2004)

Carlos E. Cortés, professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Riverside, is the recipient of the 2004-05 Emeritus Faculty Award.

Cortés was honored during the Emeritus Faculty Award Breakfast, held Nov. 2, 2004 at University Extension. The award is presented by the UCR Association of Emeriti/Emeritae.

Recipients are chosen for outstanding achievements in one or more areas, including academics, publishing, teaching or a distinctive activity or hobby, said Derickson M Brinkerhoff, professor emeritus of art history and president of the association.

“Dr. Cortes was selected at least in part because he has embarked on a new career since he retired from the history department,” said Brinkerhoff. “He became interested late in his teaching career in diversity and the representation of different groups in society. He is responsible for bringing a lot of media attention to this area.”

Cortés arrived at UC Riverside in 1968 and, over the years, has consulted with government agencies, school systems, media groups and the private sector about diversity. He has authored television and film documentaries on the subject and is a cultural consultant for Nickelodeon's pre-school cartoon series "Dora the Explorer."

He has lectured widely throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Australia on the implications of diversity for education, government and private business. He has written film and television documentaries, has appeared as guest host on the PBS national television series, "Why in the World?” and is the featured presenter on the Video Journal of Education's training video, "Diversity in the Classroom."

His two most recent books, “The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity” and “The Making — and Remaking — of a Multiculturalist” were published by Teachers College Press. He is co-author of the new Houghton Mifflin Social Studies series. He also performs his one-person, autobiographical play, “A Conversation with Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage.”

The recipient of two book awards, his publications include “Three Perspectives on Ethnicity, Gaucho Politics in Brazil,” and “Beyond Language: Social and Cultural Factors in Schooling Language Minority Students.” He has edited three major book series, totaling 106 volumes, on Latinos in the United States.

Cortés has received UCR's Distinguished Teaching and Faculty Public Service awards, the 1980 Distinguished California Humanist Award, the American Society for Training and Development's 1989 National Multicultural Trainer of the Year Award, and the California Council for the Social Studies' 1995 Hilda Taba Award. The Smithsonian Institution selected him to be a 1993-94 Public Lecturer.

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