Peter I. Rose

Peter I. Rose is Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Senior Fellow of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College. He is the author of They and We, The Subject Is Race, Strangers in Their Midst, Mainstream and Margins, and Tempest-Tost.

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Peter Rose has spent a lifetime exploring patterns of culture, examining issues of race and ethnicity, working with refugees, teaching sociology, and roaming the world. In Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space, he reflects on his adventures and the formative experiences that led him to a fascination with lives that seem quite unlike our own.

“We started life in the Depression, listened to Uncle Don read the funny papers, got our jokes from Jack Benny and our news from Lowell Thomas, thrilled to the songs of the Red Army and the Lincoln Brigade sung in deep basso by Paul Robeson, envied those old enough to fight the Germans and the Japanese in World War II, and came of age in the time of bobby-soxers, beats, and red-baiting.”

Peter I. Rose