Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia

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Carlos E. CortÚs
SAGE Publications, Aug 15, 2013 - Social Science - 2528 pages
This comprehensive title is among the first to extensively use newly released 2010 U.S. Census data to examine multiculturalism today and tomorrow in America. This distinction is important considering the following NPR report by Eyder Peralta: “Based on the first national numbers released by the Census Bureau, the AP reports that minorities account for 90 percent of the total U.S. growth since 2000, due to immigration and higher birth rates for Latinos.” According to John Logan, a Brown University sociologist who has analyzed most of the census figures, “The futures of most metropolitan areas in the country are contingent on how attractive they are to Hispanic and Asian populations.” Both non-Hispanic whites and blacks are getting older as a group. “These groups are tending to fade out,” he added. Another demographer, William H. Frey with the Brookings Institution, told The Washington Post that this has been a pivotal decade. “We’re pivoting from a white-black-dominated American population to one that is multiracial and multicultural.”

Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia explores this pivotal moment and its ramifications with more than 900 signed entries not just providing a compilation of specific ethnic groups and their histories but also covering the full spectrum of issues flowing from the increasingly multicultural canvas that is America today. Pedagogical elements include an introduction, a thematic reader’s guide, a chronology of multicultural milestones, a glossary, a resource guide to key books, journals, and Internet sites, and an appendix of 2010 U.S. Census Data. Finally, the electronic version will be the only reference work on this topic to augment written entries with multimedia for today’s students, with 100 videos (with transcripts) from Getty Images and Video Vault, the Agence France Press, and Sky News, as reviewed by the media librarian of the Rutgers University Libraries, working in concert with the title’s editors.

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Carlos E. CortÚs, Ph.D., is professor of history emeritus at the University of California, Riverside. CortÚs serves on the faculties of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and the Federal Executive Institute. He has lectured widely throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australia on such topics as race and ethnicity; multiculturalism; intercultural communication; diversity in the media; multicultural, global, and bilingual education; Hispanic culture; Latin American and Chicano history; and the implications of diversity for education, government, and private business. A consultant to many government agencies, school systems, universities, mass media, private businesses, and other organizations, he has written film and television documentaries, has appeared as guest host on the PBS national television series, Why in the World?, is the featured presenter on the Video Journal of Education’s 1994 training video, Diversity in the Classroom, and currently serves as Creative/Cultural Advisor for Nickelodeon’s preschool series, Dora the Explorer and Go, Diego, Go! and as Scholar-in-Residence with Univision Communications. His most recent book is his memoir, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage Before Its Time (Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2012). He also performs his one-person autobiographical play, A Conversation With Alana: One Boy’s Multicultural Rite of Passage.

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