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Wilson Valentín-Escobar


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Wilson Valentín-Escobar, PhDAssistant Professor, Director BLA
  • College
    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department
    English
  • Phone
    (978) 934-4148
  • Fax
    (978) 934-3097
  • Office
    O'Leary Library - 444
  • Email

Education

  • Ph D: American Studies, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Supporting Area: Art & Aesthetics; Art & Activism; Surrealism; New York Art Scene(s); Puerto Rican/Boricua, Diasporicans; Latina/o/x Studies; Puerto Rican Studies; Oral History; Memory and Embodied Performance; Salsa, Latin Jazz, Jazz; Performance Studies
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Bodega Surrealism: The Emergence of Latina/o/x Artivists in New York City

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Periclean Faculty Leadership Program Grant (2017), Service, Community - Eugene Lang Foundation
  • Best Dissertation in Latina/o/x Studies, 2012 (2012), Scholarship/Research - Latin American Studies Association
  • Postdoctoral Associate (2011), Scholarship/Research - Program in Ethnicity, Race & Migration. Yale University
  • George Washington Henderson Fellow (2004), Scholarship/Research - University of Vermont
  • Fred C. Andersen Pre-Doctoral Fellow (2003), Scholarship/Research - Carleton College

Selected Publications

  • Valentín-Escobar, W. (). Bodega Surrealism: The Emergence of Latina/o/x Artivists in New York City. New York University Press
  • Valentín-Escobar, W. (). Rican-Structing the Roots and Routes of Puerto Rican Music. Centro Press
  • Valentín-Escobar, W. (). “An Imperfect Storm: Citizen(ship) and Colonialism, Reflections on Teaching and Change- Making with Holyoke’s Puerto Rican Community During Hurricane Maria”.
  • Valentín-Escobar, W. (2020). “The Young Lords and Los Gritos de Mañana: Revolutionary Pasts and Futures”. University of Illinois Press
  • Valentín-Escobar, W. (2019). “Montage Quotidien: The Photographs of Máximo Rafael Colón.”.
  • Valentín-Escobar, W. (2015). ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York at the Loisaida Inc. Center. Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Valentín-Escobar, W. (2004). "Rejecting the Shadow: Steve Berrios, An Apache of the Skins, Discusses his Musical Influences, Latin Jazz Music, and the Significance of the Fort Apache Band.". Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Vol. 16, No. 2 (Fall 2004): 184 – 193, 16(2).
  • Valentín-Escobar, W., Aparicio, F.R. (Northwestern University) (2004). “Memorializing La Lupe and Lavoe: Singing Vulgarity, Transnationalism, and Gender.” Co- author with Frances R. Aparicio. Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies Vol. 16, No. 2 (Fall 2004): 78 – 101. Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 16(2).
  • Valentín-Escobar, W., Flores, J. (New York University) (2004). Invited Guest Editor (along with Juan Flores). Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 16(2).
  • Valentín-Escobar, W., Flores, J. (New York University) (2004). Invited Guest Editor (along with Juan Flores). Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 16(1).
  • Valentín-Escobar, W. (2002). “El Hombre que Respira Debajo del Agua: Performing Memory and Diasporicity through the Death of Héctor Lavoe.” 161 – 186. . Routledge Press
  • Valentín-Escobar, W. (2001). “‘Nothing Connects us all but Imagined Sounds’: Performing Trans-Boricua Memories, Identities, and Nationalisms Through the Death of Héctor Lavoe.” 207 – 233. Columbia University Press

Selected Presentations

  • “Subverting the Colonial Gaze in the Metropole Colony: The Photographs of Máximo Rafael Colón.”, March 2019 - Brooklyn, NY
  • Listening to More than Salsa: A Letter of Appreciation to Dr. Frances R. Aparicio - Listening to Latinx Cultures: From Salsa to Latinidad, December 2018 - Chicago, IL
  • “The Young Lords and Los Gritos de Mañana: Revolutionary Pasts and Futures” - Young Lords 50th Anniversary Symposium, September 2018 - Chicago, IL
  • "Artivism and Decolonial Emancipation: Social Surrealism of the In-Between." - African American History Month, March 2018 - Bowling Green, KY

Selected Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

  • Montage Quotidien: The Photographs of Máximo Rafael Colón. Academic - International, Art - Exhibition, One-Person - Máximo Rafael Colón (Brooklyn College) - Brooklyn, New York
    Montage Quotidien is a five-decade overview of the pioneering photography of Máximo Rafael Colón. The exhibition of over 100 photographs highlights the everyday experiences and key historical moments captured by his salient camerawork. Colón’s artistic imagination as a photographer is informed by his personal history. His artistic imagination and political consciousness are shaped by his forced departure out of Puerto Rico and settling into Brooklyn, New York during the 1950s.
  • ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York. Academic - International, (Loisaida Inc. Center) - New York, N.Y.
    ¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York is co-organized by El Museo del Barrio (July 22 – December 12, 2015), Bronx Museum of the Arts (July 2 – October 18, 2015) and Loisaida, Inc. (July 30 – December 1, 2015). The multi-venue exhibition is an artistic and cultural survey of the Young Lords Organization-a radical social activist group founded by Puerto Rican youth in the 1960s that demanded reform in health care, education, housing, employment, and policing. Exhibitions of art and archival materials at three cultural institutions in New York City explores how the Young Lords’ activities, community-focused initiatives, and their affirmation of Puerto Rican identity inspired artists from the 1960s to the present day, and had a major impact on the City and the social history of the United States. ¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York includes public and educational programs across partnering venues to build awareness of the Young Lords’ innovative contributions to the struggle for civil rights and influence on contemporary artists, and to spark conversations about grassroots community activism today. The institutions partnering in ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York are all located in neighborhoods where the Young Lords were most active, and each exhibition reflects on the Young Lords’ activities in that part of the City. Loisiada Inc.’s exhibit of ¡PRESENTE! The Young Lords in New York focuses on the Young Lords Party’s (YLP) founding and impact in the Lower East Side. It displays archival imagery of public performances and events organized by neighborhood initiatives and individual YLP members. The exhibit traces the history of the Young Lords from the founding of the New York Chapter at Tompkins Square Park on Saturday, July 26, 1969. It features lesser-known perspectives of the Young Lords legacy within the Lower East Side, and their impact upon New York’s cultural scenes.