Dr. Peter I. Rose Donates the New Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education

ImageDr. Peter I. Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology Emeritus, and Senior Fellow at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College, travel journalist, writer, compelling lecturer, and generous colleague has donated a complete set of the Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education to the West Valley College Global Citizenship Center. The four volumes are available at the West Valley College Library. This encyclopedia is the first to organize and present, comprehensively, the state of research for students and professionals, and thus it is critically important to make it available to the WVC community.

The Encyclopedia of Diversity in Eduction (published by Sage in 2014) is the most complete reference work related to diversity. Numerous scholars, including Dr. Peter I. Rose, contributed about 700 entries with cross-references and recommended readings on policies and practices regarding diversity in K-12 and postsecondary education in the United States. The encyclopedia is published in both hard and digital copies.

The general editor, James A. Banks, spoke about the development of this important encyclopedia during the book launch at Teachers College, Columbia University on 18 April 2013. The finished product has received glowing reviews: “Well written and feature-rich (reader’s guide, chronology, sidebar articles), and the only recent work of its kind, this set will work in large public libraries and is highly recommended for academic collections, especially those that support teacher training programs” (Michael F. Bemis in Library Journal).

peterDr. Rose wrote an inspiring note (about his gift) to Dr. Cynthia Napoli Abella-Reiss, the Chair of the WVC Global Citizenship Committee and a professor of Art History at WVC: “I hope they arrive safely and that they serve to form a core for a special bookcase dealing with the issues so vital to our mutual goal of addressing the dilemmas and delights of diversity in the U.S. and around the world.” Dr. Rose, whose most recent publication is a memoir titled Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor (published by Levellers Press in 2013), also told Dr. Napoli Abella-Reiss about one of his many current projects:

P.S.  Today I am going over the Index for the 7th and 50th anniversary edition of my first book (published by Random House in 1964), They and We: Racial and Ethnic Relations in the U.S. and Beyond. This is the final stage of getting out my much expanded and updated volume with a major new last chapter on “Perspectives on ‘Others’ at Home and Abroad.” Like the 6th edition, it is being published by Paradigm Press and will be released next month or in May. You — and others who might be interested in using the book as a text — can order a free examination copy from the press. Go to the website of Paradigm Publishers, then to Books and a section For Your Courses (or something like that) and you will find a place to ask for an examination copy. There is a description of the new edition there, too.

Soon, Dr. Rose, and his wife, Dr. Hedwig C. Rose who lectured at West Valley College recently, are headed to Salzburg Austria, where they are faculty members of the Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar, and then on to the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain where Dr. Peter I. Rose will be guest professor in an inter-university master’s course titled “International Migration and Social Cohesion.”

Indeed, these admirable octogenarian “Rambling Roses” are prolific in their contributions and generous in their every deed. We at West Valley College are thankful for the gift and for their presence in our midst.

This entry composed by Dr. Dulce María Gray.


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