About the Author
Vincent N. Parrillo is Professor and Graduate Director at
William Paterson University. He is the writer, narrator, and
executive producer of two award- winning PBS television
documentaries: Ellis Island: Gateway to America (1991) and
Smokestacks and Steeples: A Portrait of Paterson (1992).
An invited lecturer to dozens of universities in Asia, Canada,
Europe, and the United States, he has gone on numerous assignments for the
State Department's former U.S. Information Agency (USIA) and current
International Information Program (IIP) to confer with national leaders in
Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Poland, Romania, and
Sweden on issues relating to immigration and intergroup tensions. He has
conducted diversity training sessions for NCOs and senior army officers at
various military bases, at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute
at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, and for managers in the Saint Barnabas
Health Care System in NJ.
In Spring 2000, Vince was a Fulbright teaching fellow at Palacky University,
Czech Republic. A Senior Fulbright Specialist, he worked in 2005 with faculty at
Roehampton University, London. He has also been the keynote speaker at
international conferences in Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy,
Poland, Romania, and South Korea. In Spring 2010 he was a visiting scholar at
the University of Liege, Belgium, as well as a visiting scholar at the University of
Pisa in Fall 2006 and Spring 1998.
His books Strangers to These Shores; Understanding Race and Ethnic
Relations; Cities and Urban Life; Uncertainty and Insecurity in the New Age;
Diversity in America; Contemporary Social Problems; William Paterson
University; Millennium Haze: Comparative Inquiries About Society, State and
Community; Ridgewood; and Rethinking Today's Minorities. He also is General
Editor of the two-volume interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Social Problems.
Active in regional theater as an actor in many plays, Vince has also directed
dozens of plays of every genre. In 2003, he directed a cast of Broadway stars
(including four Tony Award nominees) in a staged reading of the rock opera
Hamlet (he is co-lyricist) at the Lamb's Theatre in New York City and in 2005 he
co-produced its world premiere in Prague. In October 2007, it premiered in
Seoul to rave reviews and enthusiastic audience responses, resulting in a
return series of performances the following year. Hopes are for a London or
U.S. production in the near future.
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