In his keynote address, Carlos Cortés will explore the opportunities for and challenges to vaulting the intercultural movement ahead of the curve of history. Among his topics will be changes in the socio-cultural environment, political correctness controversies, missteps in contemporary diversity training, and inevitable contradictions as different social groups attempt to grapple with and adjust to a rapidly-changing world. Finally, Carlos will recommend a strategy for interculturalists becoming more active and effective participants in broader public discussions about the future of the United States and the world.
Dr. Carlos E. Cortés is professor emeritus of history at the University of California, Riverside. Since the 1990s, he has served on the adjunct faculties of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication, and the Federal Executive Institute.
He has also charmed children and parents alike with his work on Nickelodeon, where he has been the creative/cultural advisor for Peabody-award-winning children's television series, "Dora the Explorer," and its sequels, "Go, Diego, Go!" and “Dora and Friends: Into the City.” For his Nickelodeon contributions, he has received the 2009 NAACP Image Award.
As a consultant to many government agencies, school systems, universities, mass media, private businesses, and other organizations, Carlos has wisely engaged groups on five continents on the implications of diversity for education, government, private business, and the mass media. He currently has a professor’s dream job--lecturing on cruise ships on the topics of comparative culture and intercultural communication.
His most recent books are his autobiography, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time (Berkeley, CA: Heyday, 2012), the four-volume Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia (Sage, 2013), and Fourth Quarter: Reflections of a Cranky Old Man (Bad Knee Press, 2016), a finalist in the Latino International Book Awards.