Peter I. Rose
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PETER I. ROSE, Travel Journalist

Peter Rose is a sociologist, ethnographer, photographer, and travel journalist. For 50 years he has been writing about people on the move and their encounters with others. His subjects include explorers, settlers, slaves, immigrants, refugees, and, since the 1980s, travelers and tourists. Recent stories about trekking in Tuscany, spending an autumn in the Alps, and cruising in Panama on the catamaran, Discovery, won first prizes in juried competition sponsored by the North American Travel Journalists Association in 2005, 2008, and 2009, respectively. He has also received awards for his photography of people and places.

In a new memoir, Postmonitions of a Peripatetic Professor (Levellers Press, 2013), Peter describes what he calls his "first eighty years" and his life as a teacher, researcher,  writer and traveler."  Included are excerpts from previous writings, some from other books such as They and We (Random House, 1964, 7th and 50th anniversary edition, Paradigm Publishers, 2014), The Subject is Race (Oxford University Press, 1968), Seeing Ourselves (Knopf, 1972, 2e 1978), Through Different Eyes (Oxford University Press, 1973), Strangers in Their Midst (Richwood Press, 1977), Views from Abroad (Forum,1978), Mainstream and Margins (Transaction Books, 1983), Tempest-Tost (Oxford University Press, 1997), The Dispossessed (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), Guest Appearances and Other Travels in Time and Space (Swallow Press, 2003) and With Few Reservations: Travels at Home and Abroad (iUniverse, 2010), a collection of 48 travel stories. He is currently working on a new book about what goes on behind the scenes in the travel business itself.

Peter is also editor of a number of other books and is the author of hundreds of commentaries, reviews, and articles on a variety of subjects. Over the years he served as consulting editor at Random House/Knopf and Time-Life Books and a regular book reviewer for the Christian Science MonitorNew York Newsday, Congress Monthly, and several academic journals. Editor of, his travel stories and photographs often appear there and in the pages of Travelworld International and Global Writes and in other magazines on and off the web, and in such newspapers as The New York Times, Boston Globe, and his hometown paper, The Daily Hampshire Gazette.

A graduate ot Syracuse University, (A.B.) and Cornell University (M.A., PhD.), he is  Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology and Senior Fellow of the Kahn Institute at Smith College. A fellow and member of the faculty of the Salzburg Seminar, he has served as a visiting professor at Clark, Wesleyan, U of Colorado, Yale and Harvard, Fulbright professor in the UK,Japan, Australia, Austria and the Netherlands, and visiting scholar at the Chinese Academy of Social Science in Beijing, the East-West Center in Honolulu, the Hoover Institution at Stanford, and in study centers in Bellagio and Bogliasco in Italy. He has also been a guest professor at the University of Iceland, Gothenburg University in Sweden, and the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.  He has lectured in many other countries.  

He is member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Society of Professional Journalists, the North American Travel Journalists Association, the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, and a number of academic organizations.

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With Few Reservations: Travels at Home and Abroad

Forty-eight engaging commentaries by "a modern day Mark Twain," sociologist, photographer, and prize-winning travel journalist, Peter Rose. Included are accounts of excursions on land and sea and portraits of places and people from Cape Cod to Cape Horn. There are captivating photos, stories about playing gumshoe in Honolulu, tour guide in Amsterdam and taxonomist in China, descriptions of windjamming in Maine and…

Posted on April 26, 2010 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Partying Penguins in Patagonia

There is a little island in the very bottom of Patagonia called Isla Martillo. It is not far from Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world and the main port for cruises around Tierra del Fuego and down to…

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

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Are you connected to the tourism/travel/hospitality industries or travel media in any way? If so, please specify how (kindly include any relevant company names/Web sites!).
Travel Journalist
On which destinations & travel topics can you advise members especially well?
US, Patagonia, Europe (especially Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, and Scandinavia); windjamming in US and abroad; academic travel (alumni tours, etc.)
What destinations are you most interested in learning about?
East Africa, Turkey
Other travel / language expertise?
long-time editor,; retired professor of sociology and anthropology; ethnographer

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